(Times of Israel) Christian Arab citizens of Israel are forming a new political party that calls for Arab enlistment into the IDF. The party's Hebrew name — B'nei Brit Hahadasha — means "Sons of the New Testament," although the word "allies" is hidden in the title as well.
The effort is part of a growing assertiveness on the part of Christian Arabs in the wake of the Arab Spring, as they increasingly sound calls for an identity distinct from Israel's broader Arab society, which is around 90% Muslim.
According to its Facebook page, the party's platform includes full integration of Christians in all fields, peace with a democratic Palestinian state and all of Israel's neighbors, increased tourism and trade, and the return of Israelis who have left the country.
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