Israel’s A Sideshow In Pan-Arab Picture

Though there is no verification of the source, in a recent talk attributed to scholar Haim Harari, Harari states,

Why do I put aside Israel and its own immediate neighborhood? Because Israel and any problems related to it, in spite of what you might read or hear in the world media, is not the central issue, and has never been the central issue in the upheaval in the region.

Yes, there is a 100 year-old Israeli-Arab conflict, but it is not where the main show is.

  • The millions who died in the Iran-Iraq war had nothing to do with Israel.
  • The mass murder happening right now in Sudan, where the Arab Moslem regime is massacring its black Christian citizens, has nothing to do with Israel.
  • The frequent reports from Algeria about the murders of hundreds of civilian in one village or another by other Algerians have nothing to do with Israel.
  • Saddam Hussein did not invade Kuwait, endangered Saudi Arabia and butchered his own people because of Israel.
  • Egypt did not use poison gas against Yemen in the 60’s because of Israel.
  • Assad the Father did not kill tens of thousands of his own citizens in one week in El Hamma in Syria because of Israel.
  • The Taliban control of Afghanistan and the civil war there had nothing to do with Israel.
  • The Libyan blowing up of the Pan-Am flight had nothing to do with Israel,
  • and I could go on and on and on.

The root of the trouble is that this entire Moslem region is totally dysfunctional, by any standard of the word, and would have been so even if Israel had joined the Arab league and an independent Palestine had existed for 100 years.

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7 thoughts on “Israel’s A Sideshow In Pan-Arab Picture

  1. The Middle-East is a conflictual area, it was thus before we returned there en masse (although much less conflctual than was Europe at the time) and still is. This is why the expectation to have the kind of peace the USA has with Canada or the Netherlands with Germany, is a futile one.
    The best we can manage is to have, with the rest of the Arabs, what we already have with Egypt and Jordan.

  2. Andrew, you’re not that far from the truth. I once spoke to the local consul general of Syria. He was criticizing Israel’s human rights record. When I asked him about Hama, he actually stated, in a room full of people, that they were compelled to this violence by the Zionists, implying that it was done against their will and but for the presence of Israel, it would never have happenned. And he said this with a straight face too. I think the general rule in Arab countries is simply, blame Israel.
    Can’t find a job? Blame Israel.
    Your wife left you? Blame Israel.
    You are governed by an autocratic dictatorship and corrupt kleptocracy?
    You got it.
    Blame Israel.

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