Kuwait’s official Al-Seyassah newspaper called two weeks ago to lift the economic ban from Israel, following the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Yousef Nasser Suweidan wrote in the paper, “The Israeli withdrawal and a positive Arab response at the present time could bring about a political process with momentum that might lead to an historic reconciliation in the Middle East.” He advocated normalization of relations with Israel.
But while Shaaban Abdel Rahim loves Amr Moussa, Amr Moussa needs hatred like most of us need air to breathe:
Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa spoke harshly last week about countries who are pursuing contacts with Israel. “Israel’s policies are not worthy of an Arab gesture,” he told the London based pan-Arab Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, “I don’t encourage these contacts, don’t accept and don’t understand them.”
Maybe a little support from an enlightened western intelligentsia — oh, I don’t know, maybe group or two that has the word “peace” in it — could actually be of some help.