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According to Israeli historian Benny Morris, “Islam these past two weeks has definitely been closing in on the Jewish state, with Israel’s ambassadors in the two major Middle Eastern states with which it had good relations, Turkey and Egypt, being sent packing.” Morris added, “It was Islam which gradually eroded secularism and brought down pragmatic, prudent governments in the region, which drove diplomats from their posts.”
As Morris sees it, the Arab Spring and the accompanying demonstrations in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East are to be opposed and not supported, as the Europeans and Americans governments have done.
As long as the current Islamic teachings prevail — teachings in which Jews are portrayed as “devils” who must be eradicated and Israel is considered “an enemy of God” — the talk about peace between Israel and the Arab-Muslim world, and the Palestinians in particular, is premature, if not futile. The efforts by the Obama administration and the Europeans at peacemaking, which compel Israel to make unilateral concessions to the Palestinians, can be best described as appeasement of the Arab-Muslim world.
No Israeli concessions, however, will satisfy the open aspirations of the Palestinians or, for that matter, the Arab world, to see Israel replaced by an Arab-Muslim entity that resembles their own arbitrary and oppressive regimes. Peace is meaningless in a climate (among the Arabs) that is driven by religious hatred, which uses the Koran and the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” to justify genocidal hatred. That hatred is pervasive in today’s Egypt, as well as in Erdogan’s Turkey, as noted by recent actions in the capitals of each respective country.
Hate for Israel has been kept alive even while Egypt was regarded by world powers as “honoring” its commitment under the Camp David Peace Accords, which expressly called for an end to “hostile propaganda.” During the reigns of Sadat and Mubarak, Egyptian newspapers were replete with the most audacious charges against Israel, including the accusation of Israel being behind the destruction of the Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that Israel was exporting radiation contaminated food to Egypt and that Israel introduced most of the plagues that afflict agriculture and animal health. In Richard Landes’ book, “Heaven on Earth,” he quoted an Islamic intellectual who explained why it is important to keep Muslim hatred of Jews alive: “The role of the Islamic stream is to keep the flame of hatred towards Zionism burning in their souls.”
The new “hero” of the Egyptian and Arab masses is a 23-year old named Ahmed al-Shahat, who climbed up the Israeli embassy building in Cairo last week, removed the Israeli flag and replaced it with the Egyptian flag to the cheers of thousands of Egyptian demonstrators, who burned the Israeli flag while chanting “Allahu Akbar.”
Ahmed al-Shahat is a by-product of the hate-filled anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Egyptian propaganda campaign conducted by Mubarak and his predecessors, which infected homes, the media, mosques, and schools. And with the Muslim Brotherhood now fully legitimized, physical attacks on Israeli targets (e.g. the gas pipeline to Israel and the Israeli embassy) can be expected.
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