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Israeli Arab citizens Sami Majnar (left) and Assad Mahameed and their family outside their home in the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm located in the Wadi Ara area of central Israel, March 30, 2014. They say that they want to remain Israeli citizens and not become Palestinian citizens if Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman plan to transfer land and population comes into effect in a peace deal.
Israeli Arab citizens Sami Majnar (left) and Assad Mahameed and their family outside their home in the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm located in the Wadi Ara area of central Israel, March 30, 2014. They say that they want to remain Israeli citizens and not become Palestinian citizens if Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman plan to transfer land and population comes into effect in a peace deal.
(Heidi Levine For The Globe and Mail)

PATRICK MARTIN

Wherever the border lands, many Arabs want to stay on the Israeli side

A plan being promoted by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is worrying a lot of Arab Israelis who fear they might become collateral damage in any peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

The plan, first proposed by Mr. Lieberman almost a decade ago, has been brought to prominence in the past three months. It calls for the border between Israel and a future Palestinian state to be moved a few kilometres west so that an area in central Israel, populated almost entirely by Arab Israelis, would fall inside the state of Palestine.