The Arab Spring and the Israeli Enemy

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Thirty-nine years ago, on Oct. 6, 1973, the third major war between the Arabs and Israel broke out. The war lasted only 20 days. The two sides were engaged in two other major wars, in 1948 and 1967.

The 1967 War lasted only six days. But, these three wars were not the only Arab-Israel confrontations. From the period of 1948 and to this day many confrontations have taken place. Some of them were small clashes and many of them were full-scale battles, but there were no major wars apart from the ones mentioned above. The Arab-Israeli conflict is the most complicated conflict the world ever experienced. On the anniversary of the 1973 War between the Arab and the Israelis, many people in the Arab world are beginning to ask many questions about the past, present and the future with regard to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The questions now are: What was the real cost of these wars to the Arab world and its people. And the harder question that no Arab national wants to ask is: What was the real cost for not recognizing Israel in 1948 and why didn’t the Arab states spend their assets on education, health care and the infrastructures instead of wars? But, the hardest question that no Arab national wants to hear is whether Israel is the real enemy of the Arab world and the Arab people.

I decided to write this article after I saw photos and reports about a starving child in Yemen, a burned ancient Aleppo souk in Syria, the under developed Sinai in Egypt, car bombs in Iraq and the destroyed buildings in Libya. The photos and the reports were shown on the Al-Arabiya network, which is the most watched and respected news outlet in the Middle East.

The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?

The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people.

These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars.

In the past, we have talked about why some Israeli soldiers attack and mistreat Palestinians. Also, we saw Israeli planes and tanks attack various Arab countries. But, do these attacks match the current atrocities being committed by some Arab states against their own people.

In Syria, the atrocities are beyond anybody’s imaginations? And, isn’t the Iraqis are the ones who are destroying their own country? Wasn’t it Tunisia’s dictator who was able to steal 13 billion dollars from the poor Tunisians? And how can a child starve in Yemen if their land is the most fertile land in the world? Why would Iraqi brains leave Iraq in a country that makes 110 billion dollars from oil exports? Why do the Lebanese fail to govern one of the tiniest countries in the world? And what made the Arab states start sinking into chaos?

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    If only it were possible for all who realize this to speak up. Most who are witnesses are either brainwashed or under threat of death by jihad if they "Insult Islam."

  • Irish-7

    There was a war in 1956, too. Also, Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 and 2006 in attempt to end missile strikes from terrorists in Southern Lebanon. I am not a professor or even a teacher. In fact, I have no formal education at all. I was a career soldier in the US Army (30 years). I do enjoy history, especially wars. Despite being vastly outnumbered (some cases 3 to 1) in troops, aircraft, artillery and tanks, the Hebrews kicked the **** out of the Arabs in 1956, 1967 and 1973. The conflict mentioned above (1973), was nearly fatal for Israel in the first few days. Egypt, Syria and Jordan attacked quickly during the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. But, the Israeli Defense Forces regrouped and rebounded before being totally overrun. Key to their success was the historic decision to go after Syria first, then Egypt. Not commonly known to the general public, America came very close to nuclear war with the Soviet Union during this war. Our ships were squaring off in the Mediterranean Sea. I won't get into all the details. Thank God we did not reach that cataclysmic point!

  • Drakken

    You want to know the problem of the arab world? Islam, pure and simple, what once was the center of the ancient world is now a cesspool and the whole rotten mess can be laid at the feet of islam and it's 7th century mentality. Kill islam and the arabs might have a chance, other than that,they will rot and slaughter each other until they are ground under the wests boot.

  • Ghostwriter

    Sadly,the mindset on many Muslims is toward jihad and not improving their lives. I wish they'd spend more time doing that than thinking up ways to kill non-Muslims.