69 million page views

Dr. Pipes, Your Article Leaves an Important Question Unanswered

Reader comment on item: One Cheer for Obama's Arab-Israeli Policy

Submitted by Aymenn Jawad (United Kingdom), Sep 19, 2009 at 06:09

Dr. Pipes:

Your article makes the assumption that the leaders of the Arab states can implement normalization of relations with Israel without repurcussions from their own citizens. Indeed, the rulers (as your blog entry 'Glamorous Muslim Political Women', inter alia, has shown) are often more liberal than the citizens themselves in their attitudes and personal opinions vis-à-vis women's rights, the role of Shari'a, relations with Israel etc.

Your article has thus left unanswered the question of whether Obama's policy outlined here will be successful. To answer this question, we need to look at reliable polling data from various Arab countries on their citizens' attitudes towards Israel. For instance, perhaps you could use such data to estimate what percentage recognise Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state?

Aymenn Jawad.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Daniel Pipes replies:

You have a point that populations are often more Islamist, radicalized, and anti-Zionist than elites. That said, the elites can pull the populations in a moderate direction and they are not doing that adequately.

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Dr. Pipes, Your Article Leaves an Important Question Unanswered by Aymenn Jawad

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2021 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)