Kahane mobilized popular fear and hatred when he connected expelling the Arabs with the security threat they pose. Now that the Intifada has ended and the rocket shower is limited to the south, the security argument has lost its force.

Jews readily close their eyes to the increasing grassroots terrorism among Israeli Arab residents, and don’t see the security issue as a compelling reason for the extraordinary measure of expelling them.
Therefore, we should honestly appeal to the real reason why we don’t want the Arabs here: for the same reason that they don’t want Jews in their Palestinian state. It is a human right to live in a morally comfortable milieu without aliens and strangers. We don’t want Arabs in Israel for the same reason the French banned hijjab in schools: we just don’t like to see them. We don’t want Arabs to buy land in Israel for the same reason all Arab countries ban land sales to foreigners: we want the walking ground to be ours.

Xenophobia is a powerful evolutionary tool, which cements groups against outsiders; let the groups compete. Xenophobia is a human trait no less inbuilt than a desire for ownership: we own goods, and also identities—including national identities. We want a national identity for our state, just as France is mono-cultural.

I love to visit remote Arab villages in Egypt and Jordan’s dull towns. I love the Arabs there, in dirty coffee shops and shisha holes. I can communicate with them pleasantly for hours in their broken English. But I physically despise them in my country, which they are swarming.

I understand Russians who don’t want to see Jews around, even though we have lived there for centuries. Likewise, I don’t want to see a single Arab in my country.

They have 22 countries of their own, free of Jews. And Jews should not be the only suckers in the Middle East to tolerate aliens in our own country.