Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Israel Must Come to Terms With Islamist
Reality in the Arab World
By Khalid Amayreh
in occupied Jerusalem
PIC, Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 8, 2011
The Arab world is not what it used to be. Popular revolutions fed
by accumulated indignation over tyranny and corruption have already swept
away several Arab despots who long repressed the masses, resisted political
reform and even sought to bequeath power to their children and families.
There is no doubt that Israel, the apartheid state that is seeking the
extirpation of the Palestinian people from their ancestral homeland, is one
of the main losers of the Arab Spring.
As things look now, Islamic
elements seem to have a greater opportunity to shape the political face of
the Arab world, probably for many years to come.
Recent elections in
Tunisia, Morocco, and probably Egypt have shown the Islamists are favored by
the masses more than other secular, liberal and even nationalist groups.
It is hoped that the Islamists' march toward freedom, liberty and
justice will continue until the new envisaged Arab world materializes into
As said above, Israel has many reasons to worry as a result
of the Arab Spring. Decades of Israeli arrogance, aggression and
provocations have created a huge reservoir of hostility and hatred against
the Jewish state.
Murderous acts, genocidal onslaughts and brazenly
offensive and oppressive measures by Israel against the Palestinians and
Lebanese peoples helped shape a nefarious and Satanic portrait for the
Zionist state in the minds of hundreds of millions of Arabs. It is therefore
hard to foresee any real sympathy by the Islamists toward a state that has
long viewed them as children of a lesser God, whose rights can be trampled
upon, and whose lives are expendable.
Unlike the defunct regimes, the
Islamists are going to be answerable to the masses. Many observers argue the
Islamists will be under immense pressure from the Arab Main Street to
respond "adequately" to Israel provocations. Israel is notorious for being a
provocative state par excellance, and the Islamists will have to demonstrate
that they are "different."
The departure from the old ways of Mubarak
and ilk will not necessarily manifest itself through rash, uncalculated or
dramatic acts against the Jewish state. The Islamists know better than
committing blunders that might rock their boat at such a crucial juncture.
None the less, Islamist rulers would have to justify themselves
vis-à-vis Israel, the country that long humiliated, tormented the masses and
incited and continued to incite against everything Islamic.
example, while most Egyptians are likely to oppose the nullification of the
Camp David Peace Treaty, especially at "at this phase," there seems to be a
solid public support in Egypt for making active abidance by the peace treaty
contingent upon Israeli behavior and treatment of the Palestinians.
In any case, the connivance, normalization, obsequiousness and occasional
collusion and good chemistry that characterized the fallen regimes will have
Likewise, it will be harder and riskier, at least from
the political view point, for Israel to continue running roughshod on the
Palestinians without inviting genuine reactions from the Arab world. In this
regard, Israel should expect stands, postures and attitudes that are far
more radical than anything shown so far by the Palestinian leadership of
Mahmoud Abbas in response to Israeli provocations.
We know that the
Ramallah leadership often sought to enlist and manipulate the Arab league to
help justify excessive Palestinian moderation such as adopting stances that
are utterly unpopular among Palestinians.
This repulsive meandering,
which helped the PA justify its weakness and subservience to Israel and its
guardian-ally, the United States, is expected to disappear, though slowly,
in the new Arab world.
Even erstwhile "moderate Arab leaderships"
such as King Abdullah of Jordan, who is already coming under immense
pressure at home to be tough with Israel, will have to show sensitivity and
deference to the anti-Israeli feelings of his people. This could reach the
degree of considering the Jordanian-Israeli peace treaty into a certain
level of dormancy.
I understand that the Islamists may not be able to
achieve the kind of miracles many overzealous Arabs expect them to,
especially in the economic field.
However, The Islamists can
compensate any failures in certain fields with resounding successes in other
fields. Needless to say, if the Islamists succeed in forcing Israel to tone
down its belligerency, bellicosity and aggression, they would conceivably
leave a most favorite impression among the masses.
In brief, Israel ought to realize that a new era has begun in the Arab
world. It is an era where peoples and countries won't accept compromising
their honor and dignity. Now, since time immemorial, the rulers seem to be
afraid of the people, which means Israel ability to recruit puppet regimes
in the Arab world is finished.
Islamists need to be vigilant, not euphoric
By Khalid Amyreh in occupied Jerusalem
The sweeping victories
Islamist and quasi-Islamist political parties have scored in recent
elections in a number of Arab countries should grant the Arab masses a lot
of confidence in pursuing their goals.
The Islamists have suffered so
much and waited so long before reaching this point
However, this is
not the time for indulging in euphoria because the enemies of Islam,
especially Israel and her guardian-ally, the United States, are far from
coming to terms with the outcome of Arab revolutions.
tightly controls the politics and policies of the U.S., is beginning to
sense the strategic transformation that is unfolding in the region.
And while some Israeli officials and commentators try desperately to put a
good face on the "new situation", a majority of Israeli strategic planners
do admit that the apartheid regime is indeed the biggest loser of the Arab
Israel has been especially phobic and spasmodic about the
triumph of the Islamists in Egypt , with Israeli and Zionist leaders
privately and publicly pleading to Washington to try to scuttle or
circumvent some of the foreseen implications of the Islamists ascending to
the helm of power in Cairo .
According to reliable sources, Israel is
now pressing the Obama administration to press the ruling Supreme Council of
the Armed Forces (SCAF) in Cairo to deny a prospective Islamist-dominated
parliament certain sovereign powers, including appointing government,
running Egypt's foreign relations, with particular emphasis on the "Israeli
The Obama administration is yet to elucidate its "preferences"
vis-à-vis the upcoming regime in Cairo. But the initial indications don't
seem auspicious, especially with American elections looming on the horizon.
The administration has opened a channel of contact with the Muslim
Brotherhood, but some Islamist sources have referred to this feat as being
"belated or even too late."
One Egyptian Islamist leader who spent
many years in Husni Mubarak's jails and dungeons told this writer that the
Americans "are trying to explore the landscape of the Islamist map.''
"I think the main problem hindering constructive relations between an
Islamist-dominated or Islamist-influenced regime in Cairo lies with Israel
and its powerful lobby in Washington.
"We, in the Brotherhood, have
no inherent or intrinsic hostility toward America or the American people.
Our main problem with America is America's pornographic support for to
Israel. We simply can't have stable relations with the U.S. if it keeps up
its obscene embrace of Israeli oppression and ethnic cleansing of the
"If we pursue the old policies of Mubarak, the Egyptian
masses will forsake us in the next elections. We can't take people's support
The Islamists in Egypt and elsewhere
in the Arab world must not fall prey to the illusion that the West,
especially the US, is undergoing a moral conversion and will soon come to
terms with the will of the people.
The will of the people must be
defended and consolidated through a bitter and sustained struggle. Only when
our foes, near and distant, despair of their ability to thwart or confiscate
the will of the people will they stop their exploitation, plots and evil
conspiracies to control the will of the masses to regain their sovereignty
and dignity from erstwhile tyranny and subservience to foreign powers.
Hence, the victorious Islamist parties are strongly advised to form the
broadest possible front with all sincere forces, Islamist and otherwise, in
order to repulse and overcome possible pressures from familiar headquarters.
This solid front will shield the fledgling Islamic experiment from some
of the avoidable and unnecessary harms, coming from anti-Islamic forces.
Yes, the Algerian scenario, whereby the army carries out a coup against
the will of the people, is unlikely to repeat itself in Egypt now. But this
doesn't mean at all that even more insidious scenarios to undercut the will
of the people can be ruled out.
This is why the Islamists must see to
it that any foreign pressure or interference that has the smell of trying to
turn the wheels of time backward must be met with the will of the people of
Egypt, not by the Islamists alone.
There is no doubt that the Israeli
snake and its agents and mouthpieces will try, even ferociously and
vociferously, to create a lot of distraction to any government in Cairo that
adopts a pro-active stance against Israeli Nazism, especially the
pornographic oppression meted out to the Palestinians.
Israel and her
supporters are likely to make a big fuss about the sectarian issue, probably
by manipulating some Coptic separatists and expatriates in the West. Israel
might also try to keep an anti-Israel government in Egypt in a perpetual
defensive position, responding to Israeli propaganda fireballs.
Hence, the new would-be rulers of Egypt must see to it that no free
ammunition is provided to fuel Israeli propaganda, such as taking a lenient
stance toward any criminal attacks on churches or other targets.
a last word to the Salafi brothers. You have achieved a spectacular victory
in the first round of the Egyptian elections. This is undoubtedly a great
favor from the Almighty. But, you too, shouldn't be euphoric. Election
victories can be won and lost like any other variable.
unity with other Islamist forces, even those who might differ with you in
their tactics and way of thinking, will the Islamic preference succeed and
be vindicated in the eyes of many. So, please make sure you are not carried
away by your spectacular performance. You need to be wise. Your enemies, our
enemies and the enemies of Egypt are impatiently waiting to see you stumble.
Please keep them waiting for eternity.