Islam, Hatred and Israel, Re: Raised on Hatred, International Herald Tribune/New York Times, January 17, 2013

Jew-hatred and disgust is endemic and all-pervasive throughout the Arab/Islamic world and has been since Islam’s earliest days. Jews are hated, vilified, demonized and scorned throughout the Arab/Islamic world and have been since Islam first came on the scene. Arab/Islamic children are raised on this poison and filth and the Arab/Islamic world is consumed by it. It is the root cause of the Arab/Israeli conflict and the biggest single impediment there is to peace in the Middle East.

In fact, there will never be peace in the Middle East until it is eradicated because until it is eradicated Arabs will simply not accept Israel’s right to exist and allow Israeli’s to live in peace and security. They will do what they’ve done since Israel first came into existence…act out their Jew hatred and disgust and do everything they can to destroy Israel and remove it from the face of the earth while murdering as many Jews as they can along the way. The conflict in the Middle East has nothing to do with Israel as such, Arab/Islamic hatred and disgust for Jews existing long before Israel came along. Israel is just an excuse, a means of expression, nothing more. The conflict has everything to do with Islamic Jew hatred and disgust and will simply not end until that does.

Period.

How to end it.

Since it has been going on for 1,400 odd years and is deeply embedded in Islam and the Islamic soul it won’t be easy. Condemnation is important but condemnation by itself won’t do it. There have to be consequences for spewing such poison and filth and acting on it.

Two videos of Egypt’s President Morsi making hateful comments towards Jews recently surfaced. In one Morsi calls Jews “apes and pigs” (a description which is well-known in the Arab/Islamic world and which occurs in three places in the Koran) and in the other Morsi says “we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those who support them. They must be nursed on hatred. The hatred must continue.”

Each year the United States provides approximately 1.3 billion dollars in aid to Egypt, without which the government could not function or the people sustain themselves. The United States government is also a major arms supplier to Egypt and is on the verge of selling her F-16 fighter planes and 200 top of the line Abrams tanks. How about withdrawing part of that aid and/or some of those planes and tanks in response to Morsi’s entirely inappropriate remarks? How about linking that aid and/or those weapons to maintenance of peace with Israel? Now that would send a message, far more than any mere condemnation.

Even so, Israel shouldn’t let its guard down under any circumstances. Jew hatred and disgust is part of the essence of Islam and eradicating it will take a very long time indeed, consequences or no consequences. In the meantime, Israel will remain in peril from her Arab/Islamic neighbors and her survival will depend on her military strength and willingness to use it.

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