Interesting article on the Arab mindset vis-a-vis Israel:
In demanding the recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, Netanyahu may as well be inviting the Palestinian side, and its wider Arab context, to address three Arab myths that converge into the illusory and destructive conclusion of the non-permanence of Israel:
Myth 1: The state of Israel is but the latest expression of a civilizational duel between Islam and the West. Its most similar antecedent is the Frankish states of the Crusaders, created almost a millennium ago, vanquished and relegated to mere memory in the span of two centuries.
It “inhibits the normalization of Israel, as a state and society, in Arab consciousness. It often recycles much of the most venomous anti-Semitic Western products to erect a virtual wall of separation.”
Myth 2: The state of Israel is the last remaining colonial-settler state. According to this myth, Israel was created as an outpost for the exploitation of the riches of the region. This myth avoids the existential and civilizational dimensions of the previous one.
It “explains away the destructive radicalization infecting Palestinian and Arab societies as utilitarian phases in an asymmetrical conflict.”
Myth 3: Demographic determinism dictates the certain demise of Israel. The rate of growth of the Palestinian population is bound to create an untenable situation for Israel.
The omission of demographic counter-trends is glaring, this myth serves as a “scientific” “non-ideological” basis for Arab faith in the ephemeral character of Israel.
It seems very much to me that the Arabs are basically looking for people to blame for their society and it seems I’m not alone in this. Mshari Al – Zaydi, Saudi journalist, says:
“We suffer from a self-consuming syndrome in our Arab societies – he says -, and a desire to search for a scapegoat to blame for our general failure and decline. The minorities have always represented this scapegoat to the radicals and extremisms; with these minorities becoming the object of condemnation, taking the blame for polluting our nations.
The idea that there is a pure untainted national identity with its own unique characteristics is a form of intellectual naivety. However the most dangerous thing about this is that it is an idea that resonates with the instincts of the general public who are looking for a demon to blame for society’s ills”.
It’s chicken and egg whether Islam has kept Arab society in the primitive state it is or whether that society was a mecca for a social system like Islam. My father, during the war, said he stood on a bank of a river [presumably the Jordan] with the other troops and on one side was cultivation – orchards etc. and on the other – sand. One was a group of Jewish settlements, the other – Arab land.
If the Arabs are going to look at historical precedent, then the Jews also can. Most westerners accept that the Arabs in the area have a right to be there. They concede that Jews might have some sort of right, in a way. Where the disagreement comes is in the false-construct of a “Palestinian” state and on what Israel actually is – a nation or a western power backed construct.
One thing is for sure – while the Arabs continue, as Islam requires them too – at least as interpreted by their failed, despotic political leaders and Imams – to exterminate Jews, then no recognition of Israel will be forthcoming and as a natural consequence, no new, viable, stable Palestinian state can also be established.
It’s an impasse which can only lead to war because the hotheads are running the show.
What has this to do with liberty? As long as our resources are tied to such things as happen in the middle-east and as long as our fate seems intertwined with the things going on over there, e.g. Libya, Iraq and Iran, then it will continue to affect us and our economic liberty is tied, in part to this, not to mention the stability of thw rodl, which then impinges on all societies.