Shira Herzog’s contention that “Israel’s search for validation sends a message of exclusion” is exceedingly debatable on many levels and is in fact being hotly debated in Israel and elsewhere as we speak. What is not debatable however is that the entire Islamic world, including of course Islamic countries in the Middle East, is totally exclusionary and always has been. That is because inclusion has never been a part of Islam whereas exclusion has been intrinsic to it from the beginning. Exclusion of non believers is a fundamental part of the Islamic narrative and has been for 1400 years, ever since Muhammad burst on the scene.
What kind of message does that send?