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My jpost letter on the "peace process" (12/12) and Al Arabiya

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Submitted by Dave, Dec 15, 2018 at 07:47

Progressives idolize reactionaries

The article "Al-Arabiya article slams Linda Sarsour as Muslim Brotherhood ally" (December 10) convincingly places Saudi Arabia and the conservative Arab regimes on the side of the West in opposition to Islamic extremism, which is why US President Donald Trump should set aside his peace plan.
Right now, any focus on the Palestinian issue will only serve the interests of those who want to undermine the Sunni regimes as they draw closer to Israel for protection from Iran and other radicals. That's because the Palestinian issue has become a lightning rod for those who hate the West and Israel, rather than a sincere humanitarian effort. Ever since the 1960s, when the Soviet KGB successfully created the illusion of an underdog "Palestinian people" fighting a Zionist Goliath, Western progressives have been suckered into sympathizing with reactionary jihadists. Paradoxically, the very success of this propaganda, as shown by Linda Sarsour's celebrity among mainstream American liberals, has alarmed realistic Arab regimes. The path to peace can be glimpsed by positive attitude changes becoming ever more evident, but this is an evolutionary process that cannot be rushed by pandering to radicals.

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