The failure of all
That is the expectation that, given the right conditions, the Arabs can become good neighbours, civilised people just like us – committed to peaceful coexistence in the interest of promoting education, welfare and employment as free people.
It is based on this expectation that the Americans and Europeans have lavished huge grants on Arafat and Abbas. And what the world has given in cash,
But the undeniable truth is that the Arabs are not like us and never will be like us. The unchanged living standards of the average Gazan family prove beyond doubt that virtually all the financial aid has been siphoned off in fraud or diverted to terror organisations. The concessions of
Wishful thinking American Jewish philanthropists stomped-up $14,000,000 to save the Katif greenhouses and keep the 3,500 Arab employees in their productive jobs. But Hamas had other plans and the greenhouses were quickly destroyed and looted.
It utterly sickens me to think how quickly that money was raised – and wasted – by American Jews and what miracles could have been performed in the poorest suburbs of
So what prompts me to pen these lines today?
As usual, it’s a news report.
This time it’s a statement by Avigdor Lieberman, the ultra-right winger who wants Arabs moved to the other side of the fence etc etc.
It would be hard to think of a more unlikely member of Olmert’s supposedly left-of-center coalition. But this was never about principles or beliefs. It had more to do with personal needs; Olmert needed to stay in power at all costs and Lieberman clearly loves the limelight and perks of office.
Lieberman has been irritated since the appointment of Ghaleb Majadle as the very first Arab minister to serve in the government of
Anyway, today’s news story is about Lieberman protesting that Majadle will not sing the Hatikva. Apparently he does stand up for it but does not sing it. Perhaps he can’t pronounce the words. Perhaps he might even choke on them. Be that as it may, it just seemed to me like some sort of black comedy.
Here is a nation which has paid an incredible price in death and misery on the totally bankrupt notion that Arabs can someday be like us. And someone like Lieberman – whose right wing beliefs must have discredited that notion a thousand times over – expects our first Arab minister to sing the Hatikva like a kibbutznik !
Whether it is in concessions, humanitarian aid or just by filling up our fuel tanks every week, the undeniable truth is that whatever we and the rest of the world have given to the Arabs they have always repaid in spades.
Spades to bury our dead.