Israel’s Arab Citizens and Foreign Policy

January 2014

A workshop entitled “Israel’s Arab citizens and foreign policy” was held at the Nazareth Academic Institute on January 28th, 2014. The workshop was a joint initiative of Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, The Abraham Fund Initiatives, and the Nazareth Academic Institute (NAI). The workshop was attended by over 20 Jewish and Arab experts.

Discussions focused on the following questions: Has the Arab Spring created new opportunities for increased involvement of Israel’s Arab-Palestinian minority in regional politics and diplomacy? What are the challenges of, and the obstacles to involvement of Arab citizens in Israeli foreign policy?

Following opening remarks by Prof. George Kanazi, President of NAI; Kamal Hassan, Policy Fellow at the Mitvim Institute; and Amnon Be’eri Sultzeanu, Co-Executive Director of The Abraham Fund Initiatives, attendees participated in a discussion facilitated by Mitvim Chairman Dr. Nimrod Goren. This paper summarizes the main issues and positions discussed in the workshop

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