by Gerald A. Honigman
A stop along President Bush’s recent Middle East trip—after further pressuring Jews to accept his vision of Abbas's latter day terrorist Arafatians as being the good cops—took Dubya to the sands of the Saudis and other Arabian Peninsula nations.
A photo soon was published worldwide of the President wielding a sword along with Bahraini hosts, and Dubya brought along a New Year’s present--tens of billions of dollars in military aid to the Saudis. Hey, if we don’t sell it to them, the Brits, Germans, French, and so forth certainly will. So goes the argument…
During the visit, Bush asked if
perhaps the Arabs might reach out
Years back, when I was a
card-carrying member of the London-based Anti-Slavery Society, persistent
reports spoke of slavery throughout
Okay. Let’s get back on track.
What else can the Saudis do to reach out to the Jews? Here’s some suggestions…
On this last trip, Dubya pledged some twenty billion dollars in state-of-the-art aircraft, missiles, bombs, and so forth to the Saudis, supposedly to bolster them against the Iranian bogeyman.
The problem is, despite all of those Arabs prancing around with their swords, each time they were threatened—by fellow Arabs like Saddam or Iranians--America had to pull their chestnuts out of the fire with our own blood and money anyway…despite billions of dollars in military aid given previously. Not to mention the Saudis' gift of most of the suicide/homicide bombers of 9/11.
Previous sophisticated weaponry
and aircraft that the Saudis pledged to place to face the Iranian threat were
stationed a stone’s throw from
So much for past and future similar Arab guarantees...
What else could the Saudis do
The Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion is perhaps one of the most flagrantly anti-Semitic doctrines ever written. Guess who was one of the latter day leaders in endorsing and spreading it around?
While the Saudis aren’t the
only Arabs still doing this sort of hate-spreading stuff (“peaceful” Egypt still
freely indulges), ending such practices is another suggestion for the “what
else”…as is ending dehumanizing “kilab yahud”—Jew dogs—even further by routinely also
calling them sons of apes and pigs. Extend this further by revising the
textbooks of Arab children, hatred in the media, sermons, and so forth which
routinely demonize Jews and
Ready for more?
When Israel was squeezed by President Clinton at Camp David and Taba to cave in to Arafat and abandon its right to defensible “secure and recognized” borders instead of pre-’67 Auschwitz/armistice lines a la resolution 242, while Arafat rejected the plan, Clinton and the State Department’s Arabist “deal” Prime Minister Barak was forced to accept became the new starting point for President Bush’s recent Annapolis travesty.
During the era of
Guess who was paying Arab families tens of thousands of dollars each for having a "shahid" member blow up Jewish kids in teen night clubs, buses, pizzerias, and so forth during the Intifada (conducted under Arafat and Abbas’s Fatah good cops’ watch—not that of Hamas’s bad cops)? Maybe Saudi despots, who condemn women victims of rape to hundreds of lashes and humiliation, could revise their policy here also…
The Saudis, like other Arabs,
are always quick to claim the whole region as “purely Arab patrimony.” Hence
their additional concern about Iranians and others who call the body of water in
the north the Persian Gulf instead of the
Since Arabs claim all that they acquired after Muhammad and successor caliphal armies burst out of the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century C.E., conquering and forcibly Arabizing millions of non-Arab peoples and their lands, and then rejected the rights of Jews (one half in Israel who were refugees from “Arab”/Muslim lands), Kurds, Berbers, black Africans, and so forth in a later age of nationalism to resurrected political rights of their own, perhaps the Saudis need to be reminded of another time period in what is now their country…
When Muhammad, the Prophet of
Islam, fled enemies in
Muhammad learned much from the
Jews. While the actual timing of his decision on the qibla, the direction of prayer, may never
be known, during his long sojourn with the Jews of Medina, his followers were
instructed to pray towards
It is from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (which Arabs now claim Jews have no connection to—including Bush’s good buddy, Abbas) that Muslims believe Muhammad ascended to Heaven on his winged horse. A mosque, the Dome of the Rock, would later be erected on this Jewish holy site after the Arab imperialist caliphal conquest of the land in the 7th century C.E.
Arab imperialism? Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh…… Only nasty westerners do that stuff.
There is no doubt among
objective scholars that Jews had an enormous impact on both Muhammad and the
religion that he founded. The holy sites for Muslims in
Not mincing words, the
While there was some early
Christian influence, intense scholarship has shown that the Holy Law (Halakha) and Holy Scriptures of the Jews
had a tremendous influence on the Qur’an, Islamic Holy Law (Shari’a), and so forth. Muhammad’s
When the Jews refused to
recognize Muhammad as the chief political honcho, “Seal of the Prophets,” and so
forth, he turned on them with a bloody vengeance. Before long, with the
Now, imagine, since Arabs claim
Certainly, when demands by Arabs for compensation and the like regarding Arab refugees comes to the front burner, Jewish refugees from “Arab” lands—who number more and who left behind far more property and financial assets than their Arab counterparts did due to a war that Arabs themselves started—need to put forth their own demands and need to backed by an Israeli government which will state unambiguously that there will be no fulfillment of the one claim without the other.
else can the Saudis and other Arabs do to convince Jews that
the Saudi “peace” is indeed not simply a peace of the grave? After all, Muhammad
made his “Peace of the Quraysh” too—a temporary hudna designed to buy
time until he could conquer his enemies. Arafat loved to talk about this
Lots more to relate…but this essay is already too long.
Let’s end for now by simply stating that if the Saudi king and other Arab potentates and despots (they’re all either one and/or the other) want to really reach out to Israel, all they have to do is to grant Jews in their sole, tiny, resurrected state a microscopic portion of the same rights they claim for themselves in demanding the official creation of the 22nd member nation of the Arab League….and second, not first, Arab one in “Palestine”—Jordan carved out of some 80% of the Mandate’s original 1920 borders.