Israel, currently under the rule of Ehud Olmert, a former Likud party member who helped found the centerist Kadima party, has appointed the first Israeli Muslim to a cabinet level position. Knesset member Raleb Majadele, a member of the Labor Party, is the first Muslim to rise to such a high level in Israel’s democratic government. Of the seven million people living in Israel, about 20 percent – 1.4 million, approximately – are Muslim Arabs.
“The present government is proud to be the first government to give executive representation to the Arab Muslim minority,” said Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The appointment is certainly a blow to Palestinian claims that Israel shuts out Muslims from the political process in Israel, let alone the caterwauling that Israel is a terrorist state that mindlessly persecutes Muslims. It’s time for Palestinians to get out of the terror game and into something more promising, like presentation folder printing.