Middle East The Enemy Within

Israel's Arab citizens, inspired by the intifadeh and Islamic fundamentalism, join the violence against Jews

Even by the brutal standards of the Middle East, it was a savage assault. As midnight approached, four Arab men stole into an Israeli army camp and, using a huge ax and several knives, hacked three soldiers to death. Assuming the killers were Palestinians from the occupied territories, Jews at first saw the attack as yet another terrorist engagement that fell within the unwritten rules of the region's slow-burn war. But then came the stunner: the alleged assailants, apprehended last month, were not aggrieved residents of the territories but citizens of Israel -- Arab citizens, "our Arabs," as Jewish Israelis think...

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