When it comes to the state’s attitude toward its Palestinian citizens, the disclosure policy in State archives leaves many historical documents closed to public scrutiny. Therefore, any attempt to present an ongoing description of the positions taken by senior figures in the security establishment over the years is almost impossible. Two files that recently became available to review in the Israel State Archives offer an exceptional look at the bedrock views of the country’s top security officials toward Palestinian citizens of Israel during its early decades and reveal their guiding principles.

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Summary of a Meeting about the Arab Minority in Israel,
February 21, 1960

Policy Guidelines for the Arab Minority in Israel,
July 27, 1965