For once, they don't blame Israel

No.  It isn’t Jewish construction in Jerusalem.

The “unrest”  has absolutely nothing to do with and of Israel’s activities or even existence.

That doesn’t rule out, of course, the possibility that some ruler may find that instead of solving the problems that are the source of tension in their country that they divert the wrath of the mob by seeking conflict with Israel.

And that’s the problem with the naïve assertion that somehow peace in and of itself would provide Israel with security if we forfeited defensible bordersand gave the Arabs everything they wanted.

Because there is a world of reasons an Arab leader could choose conflict  with the Jewish State that have absolutely nothing to do with Israel.

Joy as Tunisian President Flees Offers Lesson to Arab Leaders

But whatever comes next, it won’t be  “Freedom” or “Democracy”, trust me on that one.


BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hours after President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia on Friday, a Lebanese broadcaster, in triumphant tones, ended her report on the first instance of an Arab leader to be overthrown in popular protests by quoting a famous Tunisian poet.

“And the people wanted life,” she said, “and the chains were broken.”

Al Jazeera headlined its broadcasts: “Tunisia … the street creates change.”

The momentum of Tunisia’s street protests overshadowed other instances of dissent in the Arab world. In Egypt, protesters, often lacking in numbers, are occasionally beset by divisions between secular and religious activists. The mass protests in Lebanon that followed the assassination of Rafik Hariri, a former prime minister, in February 2005 ended up deepening divisions in a country almost evenly split over questions of ideology, sectarian loyalty and foreign patrons.

Tunisians’ grievances were as specific as universal: rising food prices, corruption, unemployment and the repression of a state that viewed almost all dissent as subversion.

Update: All are free to live under Islamic rule

Smaller protests, many of them over rising prices, have already taken place in countries like Morocco, Egypt, Algeria and Jordan. Egypt, in particular, seems to bear at least a passing resemblance to Tunisia — a heavy-handed security state with diminishing popular support and growing demands from an educated, yet frustrated, population.

In Jordan, hundreds protested the cost of food in several cities, even after the government hastily announced measures to bring the prices down. Libya abolished taxes and customs duties on food products, and Morocco tried to offset a surge in grain prices.

“It’s the creeping realization that more and more people are being marginalized and pauperized and that, increasingly, life is more difficult,” said Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut. “You need little events that capture the spirit of the time. Tunisia best captures that in the Arab world.”

Despite the enthusiasm, the scene Friday night in Cairo might serve as caution.

The protesters who gathered at the Tunisian Embassy in the upscale neighborhood of Zamalek chanted slogans into a megaphone and waved red Tunisian flags. They went through a litany of the region’s strongmen — from Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya to Hosni Mubarak of Egypt — and warned each that his day of reckoning was coming.

“Down, down with Hosni Mubarak!” some chanted.

“Ben Ali, you fraud! Mubarak, you fraud! Qaddafi, you fraud!” others shouted.

They were ringed by police officers in black berets, and outnumbered by them, as well. They had little room to maneuver. And an hour later, the protesters went their way, a Tunisian flag flying from one of the cars, as it ventured down a largely empty street.

Hamas member of PA Parliament emphasizes intent to destroy Israel

But deep down, they really, really want peace. “Hamas, Winner of PA Elections, Teaches: Destroy Israel,” by Hillel Fendel for Israel National News, January 6 (thanks to JW):

Hamas leader Mahmoud al Zahar told a rally in Gaza that the Holocaust was a Zionist lie. Surprised?

Islamic leader who is anti-semitic? No way!

Prominent Sunni Islamic sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi, who has millions of foillowers, has written the introduction to a biography of Yahya Ayyash, Hamas’ chief bomb-maker known as “the Englineer,” who was killed by Israel in 1996.

Manufacturing  “news” in Gaza So what are all of those reporters, photographers and stringers doing there? Here’s a clue:

Snapped Shot counted 21 photographers in this photo that is literally staged by Hamas.

Son of an imam who is a critic of Islam gets death threats

From Translating Jihad:

Hamad ‘Abd-al-Samad: I Consider Islam Part of the Problem in the Islamic World.

In another article, possibly based on the same interview which seems to have been done by Deutsche Welle, he says “that the Islamic world will collapse, and is expected to fall during the decades after the oil runs out and the desertification of parts of it occur due to climate change.”

3 thoughts on “For once, they don't blame Israel”

    1. “Under Islam” is an oxymoron.

      But ‘freedom’ for muslims means being free to force Islam on others, to rape infidel women with impunity and to drive the infidels out of their homes. Some freedom, that……

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