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"Judaising" v. "De-Arabizing

Reader comment on item: Israel's Partial Victory

Submitted by Robert (United States), Jan 17, 2023 at 11:55

Dear Dr. Daniel Pipes,

You have written another excellent analytical article (as usual). I have some issues though (as usual) with your preoccupation with the military term "Victory," not because I'm an unconditional pacifist at heart, but because it misses matters of the heart, namely the hatred we know as Antisemitism, which itself has morphed into anti-Zionism.

Let me begin by citing the following article:

"For the UAE and others, its business as usual with Israel"
"Tel Aviv's far-right government has caught flak across the Arab world, but Abu Dhabi has shown no interest in rolling back the Abraham Accords."
January 17, 2023 | by James M. Dorsey
"Only Algeria is fulfilling its commitments and transfers US$52 million a month [to the PLO]," Mr. Shtayyeh said.

By the name of the journalist, "Dorsey," I assume he's an Irishman, and Roman Catholic majority Ireland is known to be among the worst anti-Israel countries in the European Union. Notice, particularly his use of the term "Judaising." Let me remind your readers that it was in 1917 that in the Balfour Declaration the Right of Jews to form "Close Settlements" in Palestine was recognized. I deduce from this usage by journalist James M. Dorsey that he's an Antisemite, reporting on Israel and the Arabs. Perhaps someone should tell him that the alternative would be to "Judaise" Ireland?

Another way of looking at the your omission is to invoke the real notion of Religion. The Palestinians represent the Muslims, particularly Arabs, being defeated by the Jews of their Koran. This is obviously unacceptable on an Ideological (a term you often evoke) level.

Now from another closer and earlier Religious perspective, you have the Christian Western World which sees the Jews as those who rejected their own G-d, namely Jesus Christ! Are the Jews to attain a successful return to their Promised Land, Israel? Here there is hope, at least as regards the American Fundamentalist, or the Pentecostals, who believe that G-d gave Israel to the Jews forever, and would never go back on his Word.

I do not understand, why you do not discuss this ideological, religious, psychological, or sociological issue? Think about it, Israel was a relatively worthless piece of land within the Ottoman Empire. You yourself even wrote about the fact that the notion that Jerusalem was the "Third Holiest Place in Islam is of very recent vintage - a consequence of Jews returning to it? Israel, except for its recent discovery of Gas in the Mediterranean, has/had no natural resources - it is only what the Jews or Jewish Zionists have made of it - drained its swaps and made parts of the Negev bloom. Having little water, its Jews extracted water from the sea and from the air. But as an example for appreciation and imitation, what has happened to a great degree? Humiliation of the proud Muslim Arabs, especially the Palestinians. This is an important psychological phenomena which you know much better because you are an expert on Islam. Christians, on the other hand, learn humility, and "turning the other cheek." Jews, on the other hand have suffered Antisemitism for over 2,000 years, and lastly the Pogroms of the Russian Empire, and the Holocaust of the Nazi's Third Reich.

Perhaps it would be better if you replaced your favored term, an Israel "Victory" with Public Relations, or Propaganda (to use the Soviet term). In fact, Israel just created a new Ministry; it will focus on the issue of its Deed, or Title, to the land of Israel; in particular, the Jewish Bible, known to the Christians as the Old Testament - this is the basis of the Israelis Right to form Close Settlement in Greater Israel, which Antisemites call "Judaising." At least its "better" than Judaising elsewhere, like in Ireland?

Notice, however, that only Muslim Arab Algeria is now funding the Palestinians and the families of the "Palestinian Resistance" which sees Genocide against Israeli Jews as a Legitimate Right.


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