Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Suppose Israel disappeared

A reader has sent me an essay. It wonders what would happen if the Arab Cause succeeded—and Israel was wiped off the map of the world.
Although the essay was published originally on July 11, 2015 at Israel HaYom, my reader found it on the aish. com website. I’ve rewritten parts and have edited parts to fit my format:
By Mudar Zahran: “Awaiting Israel's Demise”
-What would happen if Israel were to disappear and be replaced by a Palestinian state-
Since 1948, we Arabs have been taught that all we need to do is get rid of the Jewish state, and everything else will go well after that. Our dictators take advantage of this idea. For example, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein adopted the Palestinian flag and had it printed, distributed and flown alongside his own flag. He’s even said, "Palestine and Iraq share the same identical cause." Our dictator leaders keep telling us that we await that ‎‎"glorious day" when we defeat Israel and "feed the Jews to the fish."
That day hasn’t come, nor does it seem to be coming. As Jordanian opposition figure Emad Tarifi once told me: "It seems the fish in the sea are not betting on us feeding them Jews."
In addition, we Arabs have given our dictators carte blanche to impoverish, terrorize, oppress and destroy us all in the name of "the great Arab struggle to end the Zionist entity." The outcome of this has been clear: While Israel made 10 new breakthroughs in cancer and cardiac treatments in the last two years alone, we Arabs developed new execution methods. The latest is death by drowning in a cage, as shown in an Islamic State video two weeks ago.
We Arabs have wasted seven decades of our existence awaiting Israel's demise. It’s time to think of the future. It’s time to ask if Israel's "disappearance" should be our ultimate wish.
Being the son of two Palestinian-Jordanian refugees, I find myself inclined to fear for the future. Regardless of my stance toward Israel, I have to think: What would happen if, one day, Israel were to disappear? While it does not seem feasible, it’s the day around which entire Arab political, social and economic systems revolve.
It’s not only Arabs who want Israel gone. There are others who seek the same. For example, anti-Semites in the West want Israel gone. Just last week, neo-Nazis marched in London with swastikas and the Palestinian flag. The organizer of the march claimed it was a protest "by all of those who have suffered because of Israel." There are groups calling for a boycott of Israel "for the sake of the Palestinian people." There are countries whose entire foreign policy seems to revolve around opposition to Israel. We Palestinians might have believed that these groups and countries actually care about us, but they take no interest in the fate of the ‎‎150,000 Palestinians being starved to death in Syria's Yarmouk refugee camp, nor in an estimated ‎‎5.8 million [I think this is a grossly inflated number] Palestinians in Jordan who live as second-class citizens and are banned from government jobs and any form of state benefits while paying full taxes.
If these Israel-haters got their wish to see Israel disappear, what would happen?
First, Israel is the only reason Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons. Iran could buy the technology to produce them, or could learn it quickly the way Pakistan did. Why has Iran been slow in doing so? Because it learned a lesson from the experience of Saddam's Osirak reactor, which Israeli jets reduced to rubble in 1981.
Then, almost everyone, including George Bush (the first) who was vice president of the United States at that time, was furious with Israel's move. But 10 years later, when the U.S. fought to liberate Kuwait, the situation would have been totally different if Saddam had kept his nuclear program – and the only reason he did not was Israel.
Further, Iran already controls at least a third of Iraq and its resources through a pro-Iranian regime. If Israel were to disappear, Iran would extend its influence into Jordan, Kuwait and Bahrain the next day, as it would not have to fear an Israeli reaction. Iran could then bring the world to its knees by reducing oil production.
Iran is not the only evil power in the Middle East: we also have Islamic State, which has now spread across Iraq, Syria, Sinai and Libya, with clear ambitions to enter Jordan. Islamic State has not entered Jordan yet, and this is not because of any fear of the Jordanian army. After all, the Global Firepower website ranks Jordan's army at the same level as the Iraqi army, which Islamic State has defeated many times. Islamic State does not dare enter Jordan for one reason only – its fear that Israeli jets would catch up with it 15 minutes later.
If Israel were to disappear and be replaced by a Palestinian state, the Palestinians would most likely end up with another Arab dictatorship that oppresses them and reduces them to poverty. We have partially seen that with the Palestinian Authority and the "liberated" areas it rules. I regularly visit the West Bank and have interviewed scores of Palestinians there. I can confirm that, as much as they hate Israel, they still openly yearn for the days when it administered the West Bank. As one Palestinian told me, ‎‎"We prayed to God to give us mercy and rid us of Israel; later, we found out that God had given us mercy when Israel was here."
To those Arabs, Muslims, Westerners and others insisting that Israel must be erased from face of the planet, I say: Don't bet on it, as Israel is becoming stronger every day through its democracy and innovation, while Arab countries are getting weaker through dictatorship and chaos. And be careful what you wish for, because if you were to get it, you too would most likely disappear, unless you yearn to be ruled by Iran or Islamic State.
In short, if the day were to come when Israel falls, Jordan, Egypt and many others would fall, too, and Westerners would be begging Iran for oil.
We can hate Israel as much as we like. But we must realize that without it, we too would be gone.
My Comment: like the essay I posted yesterday, this one tells a story very different from what you see from the hate-Israel industry. That industry is robust. It works hard to make sure anti-Israel articles are in your face every week, if not every day. This article above is part of the antidote to that industry.
Israel is not the new Nazi. Arab dictators are.
Israel is not Apartheid. Dictator-led Arab countries are.
Israel is not brutal to ‘Palestinians’. Arab dictators are.
Israel doesn’t kill Arabs ‘with complete disregard for human life’. Arab dictators and jihadists do that.
Israel doesn’t go to war with a policy to kill civilians. ISIS and Arab dictators do that.
Israel is not evil. Arab dictators, ISIS and anti-Israel Jihadists are.
Read the original article. It’s on aish. com. It appeared there July 13, 2015.
May this article be the beginning of your journey to the truth about Jewish Israel.

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