Israel – guarantor of freedom in the Arab world

It is worrying that increasing numbers of people in the Muslim world regard Israel as a guarantor of freedom – but that large swathes of the Western world do not appear to feel the same.
Here is a short film from MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) showing an interview on Al-Jazeera TV from June 15 this year. Egyptian author and commentator Magdi Khalil goes on record as saying what increasing numbers of people in the Arab world admit but very few openly say for fear of their lives: that Israel takes its human rights responsibilities seriously, that Turkey’s current leader is a rabid Islamist and that within a decade, Turkey will be transformed into an Iran-style Islamist republic – in the heart of Europe. He also says that Islamists throughout the Muslim world have one common goal: the destruction of Western civilisation.
Most revealing of all, Magdi Khalil says that since 1948 the Arab world has done nothing other than feed illusions and hatred, that it is time for the Arab world to finally open its eyes and face reality.
Farid Ghadry, A Syrian writer and Middle East analyst, encourages all Muslims the world over to be Jews for a day. He suggests this as a means of recognising and combating the hatred that is cultivated not just in the Muslim world but also in many countries in the West that appear to have lost their moral compass. Farid Ghadry writes that “We, Muslims, should be lucky the Jews only want Jerusalem” and nothing else. He emphasises that Israel does not want anything else, that the Jewish nation has only ever gone to war to protect itself, even when cynical pan-Arab strategic planning has forced Israel to engage in pre-emptive strikes to avoid total destruction of the Jewish state. This is a truth that appears to have evaded many people in the Arab world – scarcely surprising bearing in mind Ghadry’s revelation on his blog that the average Arab reads 4 pages of text a year, compared with the average American, for instance, who reads 11 books every year.
And in order to truly appreciate what it is that Israel is so keen to defend – which Arab intellectuals understand but which appears to escape the attention of intellectuals in the West – see the following short film which explains Israel’s concerns in easy language and simple graphics.

Intellectuals from Syria and Egypt emphasise the need for moderation, at the same time as Barack Hussein Obama in Washington punishes a Hamas defector who underlines the importance of moderation. Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organisation, denounces the hatred spewed by the Gaza-based and Iran-financed organisation and now works towards a peace that will benefit Israelis and Palestinian Arabs alike whether they are Jews, Muslims or Christians. For this courageous stance he is now being threatened with deportation from – the USA. Yousef sought political asylum in the USA but the American authorities intend to despatch him to certain death by deporting him from the country which proudly claims to be the standard-bearer of freedom and which claims to be in the vanguard of human rights.
The US administration claims it is working to support peace in the Middle East. Yousef, who actually works to support peace in the Middle East, is being expelled by the US administration. The US administration is on increasingly comfortable terms with Syria, Iran, Hizbollah, Turkey and Hamas, while Arab and Muslim intellectuals warn of the immense dangers posed by precisely these regimes.
Moderation in the Arab world is paralleled by increasing extremism in the Western world. Apparently the Arab world is more interested in freedom – and its courageous citizens are doing more to realise those freedoms – than the key players in the Western world. 

Intellectuals from Syria and Egypt emphasise the need for moderation, at the same time as Barack Hussein Obama in Washington punishes a Hamas defector who underlines the importance of moderation. Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organisation, denounces the hatred spewed by the Gaza-based and Iran-financed organisation and now works towards a peace that will benefit Israelis and Palestinian Arabs alike whether they are Jews, Muslims or Christians. For this courageous stance he is now being threatened with deportation from – the USA. Yousef sought political asylum in the USA but the American authorities intend to despatch him to certain death by deporting him from the country which proudly claims to be the standard-bearer of freedom and which claims to be in the vanguard of human rights.

The US administration claims it is working to support peace in the Middle East. Yousef, who actually works to support peace in the Middle East, is being expelled by the US administration. The US administration is on increasingly comfortable terms with Syria, Iran, Hizbollah, Turkey and Hamas, while Arab and Muslim intellectuals warn of the immense dangers posed by precisely these regimes.

Moderation in the Arab world is paralleled by increasing extremism in the Western world. Apparently the Arab world is more interested in freedom – and its courageous citizens are doing more to realise those freedoms – than the key players in the Western world.