There was a striking omission from the Chief Rabbi’s characteristically elegant and thoughtful essays published in the JC ( Essay special, October 10). Nowhere, not even in his sensitive disquisitions on Zionism and Israel’s need to be a “more idealistic society”, did he mention the Israeli Arabs, or as they prefer to be called, the Palestinian citizens of Israel.
How a society treats its minorities is a defining characteristic, recognised in the Torah (“for you were strangers in the land of Egypt”), and in Israel’s own Declaration of Independence which pledged equality of treatment for all citizens. The condition of Israel’s 20 per cent minority is inseparable both from the peace process and the economic and social health of the country as a whole. We need a wider debate about the issue, and it would be good to see the Chief Rabbi leading it. Sir Jeremy Beecham Board member, New Israel Fund UK Gosforth, Newcastle on Tyne