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To my Arab brothers: The War with Israel Is Over -- and they won. Now let's finally move forward

Youssef Ibrahim, former NY Times Middle East Correspondent and Wall Street Journal Energy Editor, has written a piece at Jewish World Review in which he states that the terrorists of Hamas and Hezbollah, supported by Syria and by extension Iran, are isolating themselves from the rest of the Arab world. Ibrahim reports that Arabs "through commentary by Arab pundits, letters to the editor, and political talk shows on Arabic-language TV networks" are begging their Arab brothers to move on with their lives, that Hamas' and Hezbollah's attempts to defeat Israel are futile. He encapsulates what he calls these "new views" in an open letter to the Palestinians:

Dear Palestinian Arab brethren:

The war with Israel is over.

You have lost. Surrender and negotiate to secure a future for your children.

We, your Arab brothers, may say until we are blue in the face that we stand by you, but the wise among you and most of us know that we are moving on, away from the tired old idea of the Palestinian Arab cause and the "eternal struggle" with Israel.

Dear friends, you and your leaders have wasted three generations trying to fight for Palestine, but the truth is the Palestine you could have had in 1948 is much bigger than the one you could have had in 1967, which in turn is much bigger than what you may have to settle for now or in another 10 years. Struggle means less land and more misery and utter loneliness.

At the moment, brothers, you would be lucky to secure a semblance of a state in that Gaza Strip into which you have all crowded, and a small part of the West Bank of the Jordan. It isn't going to get better. Time is running out even for this much land, so here are some facts, figures, and sound advice, friends.

You hold keys, which you drag out for television interviews, to houses that do not exist or are inhabited by Israelis who have no intention of leaving Jaffa, Haifa, Tel Aviv, or West Jerusalem. You shoot old guns at modern Israeli tanks and American-made fighter jets, doing virtually no harm to Israel while bringing the wrath of its mighty army down upon you. You fire ridiculously inept Kassam rockets that cause little destruction and delude yourselves into thinking this is a war of liberation. Your government, your social institutions, your schools, and your economy are all in ruins.

Your young people are growing up illiterate, ill, and bent on rites of death and suicide, while you, in effect, are living on the kindness of foreigners, including America and the United Nations. Every day your officials must beg for your daily bread, dependent on relief trucks that carry food and medicine into the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, while your criminal Muslim fundamentalist Hamas government continues to fan the flames of a war it can neither fight nor hope to win.


We, your Arab brothers, have moved on.

Those of us who have oil money are busy accumulating wealth and building housing, luxury developments, state-of-the-art universities and schools, and new highways and byways. Those of us who share borders with Israel, such as Egypt and Jordan, have signed a peace treaty with it and are not going to war for you any time soon. Those of us who are far away, in places like North Africa and Iraq, frankly could not care less about what happens to you.

Only Syria continues to feed your fantasies that someday it will join you in liberating Palestine, even though a huge chunk of its territory, the entire Golan Heights, was taken by Israel in 1967 and annexed. The Syrians, my friends, will gladly fight down to the last Palestinian Arab.

Before you got stuck with this Hamas crowd, another cheating, conniving, leader of yours, Yasser Arafat, sold you a rotten bill of goods -- more pain, greater corruption, and millions stolen by his relatives -- while your children played in the sewers of Gaza.

The war is over. Why not let a new future begin?

The Palestinian leaders have blamed their citizens' suffering on the Jews, and their people believed their lies because they were and still are too ignorant to know otherwise. They have been told that when the Jews are defeated and run out of Israel that their suffering will end. But, as most of their Arab brothers have already learned, that will never happen.

Now the Lebanese people also suffer as Hezbollah escalates this war of futility, egged on by not only Syria, but Iran, whose leader sacrifices them for his own ambition and ego.

Jeff Goldstein, who pointed me to Mr. Ibrahim's piece, writes this:

[S]oon, Syria, who has pledged its allegiance with Hezbollah (likely under orders from Iran) may be rendered impotent, as well, and no fleet of suicide drones is likely to stop Israel from destroying the terror group, now that they've set their minds to it. If, in fact, they have decided to use the current configuration and momentum in the middle east--specifically, Iran's inability to protect Syria and the buzz of democratic reform (gee, thanks, George Bush!)--to end the Assad regime and remove Hezbollah's influence over southern Lebanon.

Update: YNetNews published an article that offers specific examples of the growing Lebanese anger toward Hezbollah:

The Arab world's criticism of Hizbullah's leader started with Saudi Arabia, while Egypt and Jordan only provided hints. Nasrallah's beloved Lebanese street also began criticizing him, although less so.

The Saturday edition of the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat Arabic-Language newspaper reported of a growing trend of criticism in Beirut.

"I stayed awake all night long, smoking and watching the news. I can't understand life here in Lebanon. Hizbullah should be disarmed," the newspaper's reporter was told by a restaurant owner named Morris in east Beirut.

And take a look at Nasrallah's response to a reporter's unexpected question:

During Nasrallah's press conference announcing the abduction of the Israeli solders, a reporter asked him: "Did consider the price the Lebanese economy would pay?"

Nasrallah, surprised, squirmed and gave an answer that could be condensed to one sentence: "Yes, but there are more important things."

Comments (11)

Kim, Great post an... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Great post and it is encouraging to hear that at least some people have decided to move on to better things in life than the annihilation of Israel.

Let people of every country... (Below threshold)

Let people of every country live in peace together.
Let the Israelis live in peace with Palestine together. And stop war.

MU:If the Palestin... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:


If the Palestinians lay down their weapons, there will be no more war.

If the Israelis lay down their weapons, there will be no more Israel.

Remember, this latest round of violence was triggered by Hamas and Hezbollah invading Israel proper, killing Israeli soldiers, and kidnapping Israeli soldiers. All they have to do is release these hostages, and Israel will withdraw to its own borders once more.


The problem is that not man... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

The problem is that not many Arabs will read any of this, but at least it's a start.

You might want the whole pie, but half a pie is better than dying!

Divide and rule at its fine... (Below threshold)

Divide and rule at its finest moment of glory and as for Iran and Syria Vs Israel ...you have to wonder why poor Lebanon is taking a beating. Smells fishy to me.

IDF from the south. The USM... (Below threshold)

IDF from the south. The USMC from the east. A shit sandwhich...

And when Syria and Iran get... (Below threshold)

And when Syria and Iran get dealt with. then look for sthe Arab countries to beg Russia to get involved, which they will much to their regret.

The Mexicans have a name fo... (Below threshold)

The Mexicans have a name for it...machismo. It is known as stupid egoistic pursuit. The celebrating of 'Martyrs' is akin to celebrating firecrackers, and is the same..except there is one less mouth to feed and/or provider for the kids they had.

In the end, they give a second's diversion from the reality; that the Palestinians have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity, for peace.

Mexican 'machismo' is somet... (Below threshold)

Mexican 'machismo' is something they inherited from the Spanish, who in turn got it from . . . you guessed it, Muslim Moors.

Look let us not overlook on... (Below threshold)
Lets Be Real:

Look let us not overlook one thing that Israel is holding human hostages. That is what started this. Why are Jewish soldiers more important than Lebanese people.

Why is an Arab always given a label of a terrorist and an Israeli is always innocent?

Israel is a bully.

It is not interested in peace and never has been.

Yes the people are. But the ruling elite and the military never have been. They want to give back little pockets of land but not for peace as it loses them their regional power.

Israel will never prosper until it elects people committed to peace.

Don't forget Olmert's own daughter disagrees with the way her father treats the Palestinians.

Hatred breeds hatred. People have to be given hope and not have somethign imposed upon them.

Yes Israel won the war but it lost the battle by refusing to bring about the conditions for peace. Any excuse and Israel destroys the very things that can bring about hope.

If people had a future to live for then they would not fight Israel. Only the stupid can't see that.

Bombing infrastructure and affecting people's lives is not only state terrorism and bullying but it feeds the hate.

For those of you that love Israel so much have a think about what it is like to live in circumstances that Israel creates.

Indeed one can positively say that as the Palestinians have been let down by their leadership so too have the Israelis.

Why is it that Israel decides what UN reesolutiosn are implemented? What about the UN resolutions calling on Israel to return land, when is Israel goign to do that? When is it going to stop building and occupying land that is going to be used for peace?

The reality is in your fixation to justify everythign that Israel does you ignore the additional problems it creates.

What is needed is honesty. Telling an ally they are wrong and need to change is tough but often necessary for their own good.

It is time Israel recognised it cannot bully people and needs to be a responsible neighbour. It cannot do one thing and say to others they cannot do that.

Either all hostage taking is wrong or and not just taking IDF soldiers hostage.

What hostages, oh revisioni... (Below threshold)

What hostages, oh revisionist troll?
And last I checked, Israel was one of the most prosperous countries in the world, let alone the ME.






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