ISRAEL TRIES TO WOO CHRISTIANS, SPLIT ARABS

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JERUSALEM: In a region marked by sectarian division, Israel is trying to bring its Christian Arab population on side in a move aimed at splitting them from their Muslim compatriots, experts say. This Israeli charm offensive has recently led to the army calling for the first time on Arab Christians to sign up for military service, and in a newly-passed law which formalizes a distinction between Christian Arabs and Muslims. “We and the Christians have a lot in common,” Member of Parliament Yariv Levin said at the time. “They’re our natural allies, a counterweight to the Muslims who want to destroy the country from within,” said Levin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party which sponsored the bill.

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