JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Arab member of Knesset Haneen Zoabi said Israel could be in for a third intifada (armed Palestinian uprising).
In an interview with Britain's The Guardian, Zoabi said Israel's 1.2 million Arabs are "not just an internal issue."
"We are the litmus test of the whole problem. If Israel does not recognize this, conditions will deteriorate toward a third intifada," she said.
Zoabi, a member of the Israeli Arab Balad party, defines herself as Palestinian.
"It took us 40 years for us to admit that we were even Palestinians," Zoabi told The Guardian. "Another 15 years passed before we realized that the peace process started under Oslo had been a disaster," she said.
"The Zionist project was to domesticate its Arab citizens as hewers and drawers of water. But the carrot-and-stick approach failed, and now we see Israel is prepared to throw away its liberal side to control us.
"We were passive once and now we are becoming active about our national identify," Zoabi said.
Several weeks ago, the Knesset voted to strip Zoabi of some of her parliamentary privileges following her participation with pro-Palestinian activists aboard the Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara.
Zoabi said she "didn't break any laws by being on the Mavi Marmara," though the flotilla's organizers, the IHH, has known ties with terror groups, including Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Turkish Muslim charity organization (Insani Yardim Vakfi also known as the Foundation for Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief) was linked to an attempted bombing of LA International Airport 10 years ago. In 1996, the CIA described the IHH as having ties to terrorist groups.
The U.S. State Department is now considering adding the IHH to its list of foreign terror organizations.
For the Gaza flotilla, the IHH recruited about 40 al-Qaeda-linked "activists" to participate in the blockade-busting mission.
Nine insurgents were killed in a confrontation with Israeli Navy commandos who boarded the ship after the captain refused orders to change course.
Video footage of the soldiers boarding the ship showed that the IHH "peace activists" carried out a pre-planned attack. The soldiers used their handguns in self-defense as a last resort.