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Frankly, Not Much Difference

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Submitted by David S. Levine (United States), Jan 19, 2023 at 20:39

I have noticed, over the decades, that with some notable exceptions, that "Arabic Speaking Christians" have the same attitudes that their fellow Arabic speakers who are Moslem in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Arab nationalism began as a Christian movement and for decades the spokesman for the Arabs was Clovis Maksood, a Christian. When Senator Ted Cruz, addressing a Middle east Christian conference in Washington asserted correctly that the only Middle Eastern nation where Christians were treated decently was Israel he was roundly booed and jeered. The English language Arab-American press was always bashing Israel when I was young and that was controlled by Christians. Again, there are notable exceptions, e.g. Brigitte Gabriel, but they are just that--exceptions!

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Decades ago, in the age of pan-Arab nationalism, your observation was correct. In the age of Islamism, much less so.

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