Fifty Years and Counting

This June 5 marks the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War of 1967 in which the IDF delivered a devastating blow to the forces of the Arab world that were ganged up ready to destroy Israel and murder all of its Jewish inhabitants.   But, even though the Arabs were comprehensively defeated, they never could face up to the fact. Don’t take my word for it, read “The Dream Palace of the Arabs” by Fouad Ajami (1998), a Lebanese Muslim Professor at Johns Hopkins University who wrote this excellent insightful analysis of Arab culture.  Their whole society was based on the concept that not only couldn’t they lose, because they were Muslims, but that in fact they didn’t lose, and that all their wars with Israel, even though they were comprehensively defeated, were in fact victories. This was their “Dream Palace,” a quote from Lawrence of Arabia.

Unfortunately, their fundamental approach to their situation and to the existence of Israel has remained the same for the last 50 years.  They tried again in 1973, and even though they caught the IDF napping, they still decisively lost, which lead to the peace agreements between Israel and Egypt and Jordan.  Only in 2016, 70 years too late, did the Arab States reluctantly agree to the partition resolution, sort of, of the UN of 1948.  Now, with the crisis in Qatar, in which the other Sunni States (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Gulf States) have broken diplomatic relations with Qatar over its support for Islamic terrorism, including Hamas in Gaza which has been an open secret, have they finally taken a stand against Islamic terrorism. By the way, modern Islamic  terrorism was invented by the PLO against Israel in the 1950’s and extended to plane hijackings in the 1960’s and 70’s.  

The current killings in Paris, London and elsewhere are the legacy of the PLO attacks against Israel.  Because Israel was too hard a nut to crack they looked elsewhere for softer targets.  The notion that the Palestinians were seeking redress of valid national aspirations from Israel is nonsense, they have never tried to start a real State, they were always seeking to destroy Israel as an illegitimate westernized intrusion into their Muslim world.  Once one recognizes the Islamic aspect of their struggle, it becomes one with the struggle of all the Muslim Brotherhood derived groups, Hamas, Al Qaeda, Islamic State, and so on.  Only now is there a place arising for Israel to be part of the struggle in the Arab Middle East against all forms of terrorist extremist, including IS and Iran.