Monday, June 12, 2017

The State of Play, Fifty Years On, In The Middle East

During the fifty years since its spectacular victory in the Six-Day War, when 300 Egyptian planes on eighteen airfields were destroyed within a matter of hours by the Israeli air force, Israel has faced a relentless campaign to delegitimize the Jewish state, and to simultaneously promote the notion of a “Palestinian people,” a people whom, we are repeatedly told, richly deserve a state of their own on at least some of the land that was “stolen” from them by the Jews. Part of that propaganda campaign has been to present the Muslim Arab war against Israel as susceptible of a “solution,” as long as Israel agrees to withdraw from its current borders, back to something like what it possessed before the Six-Day War, that is, the 1949 Armistice lines that the Arabs always refused to recognize, despite Israeli offers, as permanent borders. At the moment, there seems to be a temporary respite in the Muslim Arab war against Israel, given that Israel and a number of its Arab neighbors (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Kuwait, Bahrain) share the same fears of an aggressive Iran. But perhaps too much is being made of that ephemeral alliance; national interests can change, but Islam is forever. If the Iran threat disappears, how long will that much-ballyhooed alliance last, the one that is now said to exist, though unstated, between Infidel Israel and, mirabile dictu, a number of Arab states including, amazingly, Saudi Arabia?

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