So prepare the jails and lock ’em up
Arab-Israeli MK Zoabi said this morning that Israel should “prepare the prisons” if a law requiring Arab Israelis to enlist in the army or perform national service is passed, stating that Arab youth would rather go to jail than perform some form of civil service or enlist in the IDF. Well, if that is the case, then they should go to jail. There should be no exceptions. If you are a citizen then you have an obligation to serve your country. If you are unwilling to serve your country then jail is one option or take a hike: give up your citizenship and go somewhere else.
If Arab-Israelis want equal rights (which they do have) then they need to pull an equal share of the burden. If they want equal respect, then they need to perform the types of service that lends respect to their fellow countrymen. If they want to be fully included in all aspects of social, political, and economic life, then they need to step up to the plate and participate in the activities that their other countrymen must engage in. So long as they remain unengaged, so long as they do not shoulder their share of the burden, so long as they do not serve their country, they will engender the resentment of the rest of their countrymen who do carry their share.