Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Saudi View of Israel and the Arab Spring

Ever since 1948 the Arab world has been united in its hatred of Israel. In truth, it has been in a state of war against Israel since that time.

How’s that been working out?

Abdulateef al-Mulhim takes a cold look at the question and arrives at some surprising conclusions.

His views are not especially original. They are noteworthy coming from a Saudi journalist.

Of course, his is one, and only one voice. Yet, it is good to see that differing points of view are appearing in the Arab press.

Al-Mulhim writes:

Beyond 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. 

He concludes:

Finally, if many of the Arab states are in such disarray, then what happened to the Arabs’ sworn enemy (Israel)? Israel now has the most advanced research facilities, top universities and advanced infrastructure. Many Arabs don’t know that the life expectancy of the Palestinians living in Israel is far longer than many Arab states and they enjoy far better political and social freedom than many of their Arab brothers. Even the Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip enjoy more political and social rights than some places in the Arab World. Wasn’t one of the judges who sent a former Israeli president to jail is an Israeli-Palestinian? 

The Arab Spring showed the world that the Palestinians are happier and in better situation than their Arab brothers who fought to liberate them from the Israelis. Now, it is time to stop the hatred and wars and start to create better living conditions for the future Arab generations.

Now, let’s pass these ideas on to the Western leftists who swear allegiance to the Palestinian cause and do everything in their power to discredit and diminish Israel.

As I, among others, have often said: in the Middle East, Israel is the solution, not the problem.


n.n said...

He could be describing our own progressive disaster.

Treating symptoms in perpetuity is profitable. Exploiting vulnerability and our baser nature serves to advance someone's political, material, and social standing. Denigrating individual dignity devalues human life. Devaluing human life through the normalization of behaviors which constitute evolutionary dysfunction is generational suicide.

We cannot fight other people's wars, when we are marginally successful at fighting our own inner demons, especially dreams of material, physical, and ego gratification.

We are distracted and hindered from addressing causes by opportunists who profit from treating symptoms, which they justify through a selective history, science, and reality.

I welcome people whose vision extends beyond their own selfish interests.

Sam L. said...

Western leftists will ignore this. Doesn't fit their narrative. And they hate Israel. They also hate evangelicals, who seem to favor Israel.