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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Why the Sunni - Jewish alliance will never happen

Two weeks ago, the Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg argued that a Sunni-Jewish alliance could be formed to deal with the Iranian nuclear issue. With the Times of London report over the weekend indicating that Israel has been told that the Saudis will look the other way as Israeli jets fly over its country to bomb Iran's nuclear capability back to the 8th century, Goldberg argued on Monday that his theory has been vindicated. I argued in a post on Monday that there is not and will not be a Sunni-Jewish alliance. At FrontPageMagazine, David Hornik explains why.
The Obama administration’s belief that an Arab-Israeli rapprochement is a matter of reciprocal gestures and bridgeable gaps is based, as usual, on ignorance or denial of the religiously rooted depths of the Arab rejection of Israel—whatever the realpolitik needs of the moment. An article by Adel Guindy in the latest issue of the MERIA Journal sheds light—even if indirect—on why relentless Western peace processing keeps smashing on the Middle Eastern rocks.

The article, called “The Talibanization of Education in Egypt,” notes that Egypt’s compulsory Arabic language classes now inculcate Islamic values in a way that “embodies the ideology [of] the defeated Islamist insurgents who, ironically, had sought to overturn the existing order” and that makes the “new generations more intolerant and extremist than their parents and more willing to support militant Islamism.” All students—including those from Egypt’s sizable Coptic Christian minority—“are indoctrinated to uphold ‘obedience to God and His Prophet [Muhammad].’”

Students are taught that “one must not befriend those of a different religion.” A lesson on Al-Quds (Jerusalem) states that “Today, al-Quds bleeds, it moans loudly, and its calls for help…fill the horizon. History will never forgive Arabs and Muslims should they fail to save and liberate al-Quds.” Nothing there about the Jewish or Christian attachment to the city or its role as the capital of Israel—let alone peacefully dividing the city as an alleged central element of “resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict.”

Egypt, to be sure, is a Western-aligned country that has a peace treaty with Israel and has even been reportedly—since uncovering a Hezbollah-spearheaded effort to topple the regime last April—trying harder to stop arms smuggling through Sinai to Hamas in Gaza. Again, the fallacy lies in thinking that because Egypt feels itself threatened by the same radical axis that threatens Israel—and is willing to act accordingly—it is ripe for a real, rather than formal and “cold,” peace with Israel.

Writ large, the fallacy also applies to other Sunni Arab countries, emphatically including Saudi Arabia, where the fear of Iran coexists with the same endemic, Islamically-driven anti-Israeli (and anti-Semitic) themes and indoctrination.
Game, set and match.


At 10:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait until you hear about finkelstein and code pinks new thing

they are trying to organize 5k people to go to gaza and attempt to cross the border to israel


At 11:15 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

David Hornik makes the point I've made and that is a marriage of convenience is not a pact of friendship. The fact Israel and Arabs have common ground on Iran does not mean they agree on anything else. Just the opposite. Nothing more should be read into the understandings between Israel and Arab regimes than a reading of the current situation. In the event the Iranian nuclear threat is eliminated, the apparent amity will quickly vanish, like with the wartime alliance between the US and the Soviet Union, that gave way at the end of the World II, to the Cold War.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Esser Agaroth said...


An Israeli-Sunni alliance would just be more of the same ol' "Let's get the goyim to like us" co-dependence crap.

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is not something Israel should be toying with.


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