By the Anti Jihadist
The Israel-Palestinian conflict continues to be a grievance, particularly for Muslims (and many Malaysians as well), and as a cause for their loathing and mistrust of the West and so-called ‘infidels’ in general. Bin Laden and countless other Islamic terrorists have used this seemingly intractable conflict to justify their various atrocities. In fact, Israel, a.k.a. the “Zionist Entity” has become something of a bogeyman and all-purpose scapegoat to be blamed for every problem in the Muslim world. Is all this hysteria justified?
Let’s consider the historical evidence. For about the fourteenth time since the Jews first took control of the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea over 3,000 years ago, there was a change of management in that area when the state of Israel was established by the United Nations in 1947. Like many Arab nations, Israel was created out of bits and pieces of the old Ottoman Empire. This led to a series of spectacularly bad decisions by Arab and other Muslim governments. For example, because the Jews were not Muslims (although many are, at least according to their DNA, “Arabs”), it became and remains official policy in most Muslim nations to deny that Israel exists or, failing that, to deny that it has a right to exist. Malaysia is, sadly, no different in this regard.
But Arab malfeasance in regards to Israel didn’t stop there, not by a long shot. Although the UN tried to peacefully broker the creation of Israel, Arab nations misjudged their own power and told Arabs in Israel to flee their homes, so that the Arab armies could come in and kill all the Jews. When that didn't work out as planned, the Arabs refused to absorb the 600,000 Arab refugees, and continue to this day to treat (actually, mistreat) them as refugees. Why else would Palestinians be living in ‘refugee camps’ in places like northern Lebanon for more than fifty years? At the same time, the Arabs expelled 600,000 Jews who had been living amongst them for centuries. Most of these Jews went to Israel, became Israelis, and prospered.
In 1967 and 1973, Arab nations again believed that they could gang up on Israel and destroy it, but this had the same ignominious result as the 1947 war. After 1973, Egypt and Jordan made peace with Israel, and have benefited greatly from it. But consider, if the Arabs had not fled Israel in 1947, Arabs would now be the majority in a democracy. If the Arabs had not attacked in 1967, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza would be run by Arabs today. What a difference a little clear thinking can make—but clear thinking has never been a strong suit of the Arabs.
Sixty years of failure is, perhaps, finally beginning to sink in—at least a little. The Arab League has for the first time this summer sent an official delegation to Israel. This is the direct result of many Arab countries that no longer consider Israel a “problem,” but rather more of an asset. Islamic terrorism is generally accepted to be a problem, even though, or perhaps because, it is so popular with many Arabs. There are numerous problems in the Middle East, and many Arabs now recognise that the cause is not Israel.
Reform-minded Arabs are now pretty blunt about blaming Arabs for the lack of good government, or economic and scientific progress in the region. Many Arabs note that over half of Israel's population is “Arab” (either Israeli Arab or Israelis of Middle Eastern origin), and that has not prevented Israel from building a working democracy and thriving, technologically advanced economy (without a single drop of oil income to boot). An increasing number of Arabs are asking, “why not us?”
On the other hand, the Palestinian Arabs are increasingly seen, by clear-thinking Arabs and Muslims, as a bunch of self-destructive screw-ups who can’t do anything right. As Israeli diplomat Abba Eban once said famously, “The Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” Even the Arabs seem to be at last waking up to this fact. Arab support for the Palestinian Arabs is increasingly just for show, and the show is coming to an end.
This is a unique situation in world history, and even normally pro-Muslim officials at the UN point out that, well, the so-called ‘Zionist Entity’ exists and everyone should get used to it. One wonders if the UMNO regime will ever get the message. Don’t hold your breath.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
By the Anti Jihadist