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“Israel is a reality, Arabs and Israelis must negotiate their future together.”
When those words appeared on my screen last week, they looked like good advice from a European or American source, the kind of advice that Arabs usually ignore. Instead, they turned out to be from an interview with the deputy head of the Oman journalists association. Oman is a small (population: four million) oil-rich Sultanate in the Arabian Peninsula. And Oman’s foreign minister has remarked that Arab nations must reassure Israel that they do not pose a threat to its existence.
Prime - Minister - Benjamin - Netanyahu - Visit
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently paid a genial, well-photographed visit to Oman, the first such appearance in years. Is it possible that Arab states are increasingly willing to talk with Israel? This is apparently (as one think-tank speculated recently) “out of concern for threats posed by Iran.”
If the Arab states feel threatened, they are right to be. Iran has been tireless in spreading its influence and its military force into Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Gaza. It exerts endless pressure on Lebanon through its proxy group, Hezbollah, and funds Hamas in Gaza. Hezbollah has been caught attacking Israel, tunnelling into it from southern Lebanon. There’s no telling where it, and Iran, will turn up next.
Iran - Weapons - Lot - Terrifying
And Iran, when it acquires nuclear weapons, will be a lot more terrifying.
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Tom - Gross - Europe - Observer - Middle
Tom Gross, probably Europe’s leading observer of the Middle East, suggested recently that much of the Arab world is already quietly establishing ties with Israel. An example: last month, during the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Qatar, even Hamas-supporting Qatar played the Israeli national anthem and raised its flag when an Israeli won gold. As Gross says, that would have been unthinkable even a year ago.
But what of the Palestinians?
Yossi - Klein - Halevi - Book - Letters
Yossi Klein Halevi’s recent book, Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor, describes,...
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