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Amid Warming Trend, Incitement Hovers Over Israel’s Ties With Arab World

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meets with group of visiting Jordanian sheikhs in Jerusalem, May 17, 2017. Photo: Mark Neiman / GPO. – Israel admits that it maintains back-channel relations with leaders in several Arab countries. Unfortunately, the visceral hatred for Jews and/or Israel in the Arab street is limiting the development of these ties.

According to Zvi Mazel, Israel’s former ambassador to Egypt and now a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, “It’s hard to see that Saudi Arabia, whose rule is based on the Salafi Wahabi extremist Islamic school, will have open relations with Israel or that the incitement against Israel will cease.”

Despite the anti-Israeli views in many of these countries, Israel still has an interest in maintaining open lines of communications with them, particularly because of the threat that Iranian expansionism poses, Mazel noted.

“The discreet rapprochement between Israel and the so-called moderate countries is a démarche of realpolitik, but it is unlikely [that] it will lead to a real change in Israel-Arab relations,” he said.

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Popular antipathy towards Israel and Jews is rampant in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other “moderate” Arab countries. In July, during a session of the Jordanian House of Representatives, Speaker Atef Tarawneh called the perpetrators of the July 14 Arab terror attack at the Temple Mount “martyrs, who have watered the pure soil of Palestine [with their blood].” He said that they were “worthy of pride and glory,” before calling on the lawmakers to “pray for the souls of the martyrs,” according to a video circulated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

In many of these Arab states, there is also swift pushback against those who express an openness to better ties with Israel.

According to MEMRI, Sudanese Minister Mubarak Al-Mahdi said on August 21 that normalization of relations with Israel is not a “big deal,” and that Arabs have “peddled in the Palestinian cause ad nauseam.” Yet, in a subsequent sermon, a Sudanese cleric responded by saying that “ever since [Jews] existed on the face of the Earth, they have been the head of the serpent. … [A]ll things evil and all the tragedies on Earth are caused by their schemes, their deception and their wickedness.”

Still, while the incitement persists, Israeli leaders “keep repeating that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries threatened by Iran have a vested interest to cooperate with Israel and [claim that the two countries] already enjoy solid intelligence relations,” Mazel said.

“A security adviser of the Gulf Cooperation Council even said that they count on Israel because it’s bent on attacking Iran,” Mazel added.

The former diplomat explained that a so-called “anti-Iran coalition [in the Gulf],” which includes Egypt and is led by the US, had already existed since the time of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who served from 1981-2011. Yet Mazel claims that former US President Barack Obama dismantled the coalition by abandoning Mubarak during the Arab Spring, while angering Sunni-Arab states through signing the nuclear agreement with Iran.

“As result of these developments, Egypt turned to Russia and aligned its position on Syria with Moscow, even voting with Russia in the UN Security Council against a Western-backed resolution demanding an end to airstrikes on Aleppo, thus infuriating Saudi Arabia,” Mazel said.

Saudi-Egyptian ties recovered after Egypt recently joined Saudi Arabia in its actions against Islamist-supporting Qatar.

Mazel sees President Donald Trump as trying to revive the anti-Iran coalition, but said that, so far, the American leader “has failed, since Qatar has broken the solidarity of the Gulf countries and Egypt is still aligned with Russia.” Mazel also pointed out that Israeli embassies in Egypt and Jordan are now closed — at least temporarily — because of security problems that both countries find difficult to resolve, due to the lack of normalization and the continuation of popular incitement against Israel.

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  • Deluding yourself after 70 years of Arab deception of peace is another mistake.
    Mahmmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen, the terrorist, convicted murderer and financier of the Munich Massacre and the Achille Lauro Cruise Ship hijacking and murder.
    The Arabs received over 13 million sq. km. of territory after WWI with a wealth of oil reserves and the Arab-Palestinians have a state and that is Jordan which has taken about 80% of Jewish allocated land under international law and treaties of post WWI. The Arabs also have homes and over 46,332 square miles – 120,000 sq. km. of land the Arab countries confiscated from the over a million expelled Jewish families which is 6 times the size of Israel and valued in the trillions of dollars. The million expelled Jewish families reside now in Greater Israel
    It is time to take another approach. Peace talks, not until the Arabs can prove they can control their population and live with the Jews in peaceful coexistence for at least 5 years and eliminate the education of its people to commit terror and violence and replace it with education and practice of living in harmony and coexistence. Nothing less will be accepted. It is not negotiable.
    Face it there will never be a second Arab-Palestinian State west of the Jordan River; The Arab-Palestinians have Jordan which is Jewish land. The Arab-Palestinians want all of Israel without the Jews and their Charters so state.
    Temple Mount in Jerusalem is Jewish territory and has been since prior to the building of the two Jewish temples (as a matter of fact King David of Israel had paid Aruna the Jebusites money to purchase that property, to avoid conflict). Israel after liberating it in 1967 graciously permitted the Arabs to continue to pray there. Now the time has come to terminate that arrangement. It is the Arabs who are defiling The Jewish holy of holies.
    After years of abuse of this privilege, by committing violence and violently interfering with Jewish worshipers on a consistent basis, Israel has the right, duty and obligation to revoke that privilege.
    Let us take back our sacred ground, once and for all.
    I am sure the Arab-Muslim would not permit anyone in the world to build and control the holy Muslim Site in Mecca.
    Let the Arab-Muslim have Mecca and the Judeo-Christian have Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
    My mother-in-law was in Auschwitz and was sent to the gas chamber in Auschwitz three times. Somehow she crawled out between the legs of others in the line and survived while losing most of her family in the Nazi extermination camps. I proudly say and practice, NEVER AGAIN. Enough is enough. Ghetto mentality of capitulation is over.
    I will not and cannot cower to Arab terrorism, violence, intimidation, and threats, etc. Furthermore, I am confident no self respecting Israeli is willing to cower to terrorism and violence. To prevent such a scenario, Israel must go on an unrelenting offensive with no restrictions to claim and take back what belongs to Israel and its people. World opinion be damned. The world at large through the ages has always persecuted the Jewish People.
    The time for negotiation and compromise is over, it has accomplished more terror and violence; it is time to reverse those concessions to the Radical Arab Palestinians who promote Terror and Violence. The Arab-Palestinians celebrate terrorist’s actions, finance terrorists and support their families for committing terror. Teach their Arab children hate and to commit terror and violence. Mahmmoud Abbas aka Abu Mazen is the mastermind financier of the Munich Massacre and he promotes terror and violence and invents fictitious Arab history.
    “A Unified Israel is a strong Israel”
    YJ Draiman

    • robert Davis

      arabs can’t prove anything bcs it’s IMPOSSIBLE for…2 states tgo exist in Western Palestine and I don’t mean just for political states but even for an arab POPULATION with or without a political state.It’s impossile, period. The only way toend the conflict and therefore have peace is to TRANSFER ARABS OVER TO JORDAN AND SINAI. It takes some guts of course as all sound projects do in life. One can keep eating cakes and drink champagne all day but that’s not a sound project and leads only to final destruction, degeneration and death.

  • Thought is Free

    The hate is deeply embedded in Islam. Real-politic may keep back channels open, but the Muslims cannot and will not ever forgive Israel for taking “their land” and “occupying” Jerusalem. Hoping for anything more is just wishful thinking.

    • robert Davis

      Israel did NOT take arab land it’s the other way around. However it’s useless to keep talking aboiut it bcs arabs will NEVER admit the truth and we have more important things to do than talk with people who won’t hear to anything except their lies. This is a GEOPOLITICAL issue : arabs want the land to whoever it belongs which is not their problem and jews need it and won’t give it to them. Consequently only ACTION can decide who’s right. arabs MUST be transfered to get peace and the only way to do it is using the guns whether arabs or communist lefters like it or not. When it’s done they can …repeat it if they want.