When will Arabs stop being led like sheep?

There are two ways to win peace. One way is to continue the conflict until the other side has no choice but to surrender unconditionally. Another way is to agree to negotiate an agreement that allows the two sides to co-exist. In the Israel-Arab conflict, Israel wishes to co-exist with the Arabs, while the Arab leaders demand that Israel surrender unconditionally.

Arab leaders recently re-iterated support for the so-called “Arab peace initiative”, which demands the absorption by Israel and the eventual Palestinian state of all so-called Palestinian refugees. Therefore, the Arab leaders’ so-called “two-state solution” consists of two Arab states, one 100% Arab and the other mostly Arab. This is the continuation of the Arabs’ attempt to vanquish Israel, but disguised as a peace plan.

If Jews used the Arab leaders’ way of achieving peace, Israel would have deported Arabs from every piece of land that it occupied, just as Arab armies deported Jews from every piece of land that they occupied. If Israel had done that, it would not be accused today of Apartheid because there would have been no Arabs in Israel or in the West Bank, or even in Gaza. Yet the Jews insist on their own civilized way to peace.

On the other hand, if Arab leaders had the Jews’ way of achieving peace, they would have taken one of the many opportunities for peaceful resolution, starting with the UN partition plan (UN General Assembly Resolution 181). But, with two tiny exceptions, the Arab leaders’ approach has been consistent, and it has not wavered, just as Israel’s approach has not wavered. The exceptions have been peace agreements by Egypt and Jordan, which the leaders of those countries pursued for their countries’ interest while hypocritically continuing to repeat the Arab mantra that Israel and only Israel is at fault.

Even the right-wing prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, is still willing to contemplate a two-state solution, but Arab leaders never have and still do not. To the suggestion a few months ago by Netanyahu that the “Arab peace initiative” could be workable if changes were made, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi responded with an unequivocal rejection.

Across the Arab world and most of the Muslim world, peace is “achieved” only by defeating the other side. Syrians kill Syrians, Egyptians kill Egyptians, Iraqis kill Iraqis, and so on. And they continue to kill each other until one side surrenders. That is peace Arab-style.

But is this really what Arabs want? It is hard to know what Arabs really want because there is no freedom of the press in the Arab world, and Arabs are brainwashed to hate Jews from the moment they are little children. However, if we judge from the numbers of immigrants and refugees leaving or trying to leave the Arab world, it is fair to assume that the way their leaders conduct the business of war and peace has not worked so well for them. Despite this, Arabs remain silent.

While Israeli leaders have no choice but to represent the will of their people, we Arabs are led as if we were sheep, and too often like sheep to the slaughter.

Another war is likely between Israel and Hezbollah and also between Israel and Hamas. In both cases, many Arab civilians will die, others will face devastating injuries, and many will lose their homes. The economies of Lebanon and Gaza will go from bad to worse, if they survive. The only Arab “achievement” will be a claim of moral victory by a terrorist organization that considers not being annihilated a victory, or perhaps Israel will be less restrained this time and will not even give them that satisfaction.

Is this what Lebanese and Palestinians really want? Is war what Syrians and Iraqis really want? It is doubtful, yet Arab leaders still manage to convince Muslims to kill Muslims, Arabs to kill Arabs, and everyone to seek war rather than peace.

Even Arabs living in the West stay silent or, worse, join the leftist anti-Semites in denouncing Jews rather than their own leaders. They are sheep, repeating the same lies and teaching them to their own children so that the next generation can continue to enable the slaughters.

When the next wars occur, I will be on Israel’s side even though I am painfully aware of the devastation that will occur among Arabs. I will do that because I know that Arab leaders will have caused the wars, just as they did every war before that. If Arabs want the wars to end, they will join me rather than do what their slaughterers demand, which is to blame the Jews.

Will Arabs ever stop being sheep? Will they ever refuse to be used and abused by those who represent them? Will they ever demand civilized negotiation rather than barbaric war? I am holding out hope, but I am certainly not holding my breath.

About the Author
Fred Maroun is a Canadian of Arab origin who lived in Lebanon until 1984, including during 10 years of civil war. Fred supports Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, and he supports the Palestinians' right to self-determination in their own state. Fred supports a liberal and democratic Middle East where all religions and nationalities, including Palestinians, can co-exist in peace with each other and with Israel, and where human rights are respected. Fred is an atheist, a social liberal, and an advocate of equal rights for LGBT people everywhere.
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