Survey: 65% of Israeli Arabs Proud to Be Israeli

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

Arab members of Knesset are typically headline-grabbing voices of dissent and disgruntlement, but a new study shows that most Arab citizens of Israel have a more positive attitude toward the country.

Some 86% of Israeli Jews and 65% of Israeli Arabs described themselves as either very proud or quite proud to be Israeli, according to the widely respected annual Israel Democracy Institute Democracy Index.

Only 13% of Jews and 34% of Arabs said they were not so proud or not proud at all to be Israeli.

By comparison, a Pew poll taken in mid-2014 found that only 56 percent of Americans “often feel proud to be American,” and the rate was much lower among some sections of the population.

Yet, as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting In America (CAMERA) observed, media coverage of this information has been vitually nil outside the Israeli or Jewish press.