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The cause of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East isn’t Israel’s “occupation” or the “rights” of Palestinians.

It’s because Arabs refuse to accept the reality of Israel’s existence.

That’s what the Texas Board of Education has decided will continue to be taught to millions of students in public schools.

The decision is significant, because the size of the state’s education system influences publishers nationwide.

According to Israel National News, Texas will keep teaching students that “Arab rejection of the state of Israel has led to ongoing conflict.”

It will appear in the section on “the rise of independence movements in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia and reasons for ongoing conflicts.”

The report noted: “Also, the board voted to amend the U.S. government high school curriculum by reinserting references to ‘Judeo-Christian (especially biblical law)’ in the section on ‘major intellectual, philosophical, political, and religious traditions that informed the American founding,’ and reinserting the biblical figure of Moses and remove Thomas Hobbes from the section on ‘individuals whose principles of laws and government institutions informed the American founding.'”

And officials decided to included a reference about the “Judeo-Christian legal tradition” while teaching “the development of Democratic-Republican government from its beginnings.'”

JNSnews said the issue still will be, along with other changes, up for a final vote later this year.

Charles Jacobs of Americans for Peace and Tolerance told JNS: “They should teach the truth and the truth is Arab rejection. At the same time, they should explain to students what the Arab narrative is and how it’s wrong.”

The Palestine Chronicle commented that the U.S. long has supported Israel.

“The USA provides more military aid to Israel than any other country in the world, with $134 billion being given to Israel since 1946 in the military, economic and missile defense spending. In 2016, the US signed a $38 billion deal to provide Israel with military assistance over the next ten years, which represented the largest such agreement ever made by the U.S.,” the report said.

The report charged that President Trump’s administration has “furthered this pro-Israel agenda.”

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