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Very Interresting Discussion

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 8, 2007

Police: Settlers’ Papers on Hebron Building Were Forged | Jerusalem Post

Saturday July 7, 2007, 4:34 pm
Now, this should generate a lemmings-trail of “note-its” from the Far Left Anti-Zionists in this site, and yet it hasn’t – I wonder why? I think I am going to let one of my Alter-Egos post my Israel-critical news, because people seem to assume that if it’s me posting news it must be “contaminated” somehow. Come on People, get this on the front page!

Saturday July 7, 2007, 4:56 pm
I don’t think you’re “contaminated”, I don’t always agree with you, but you make some good points.

The whole Israel issue is very complex with one reaction after the next fueling constant chaos. The military exchange is only part of the issue, settlements, road blocks and sanctions add to the tension.

What is your impression of the settlement problem in the conflict?

Saturday July 7, 2007, 5:16 pm

I think it plays a big role – it would be so much more easy to put forward good, just and viable solutions for all parties involved, if there were no settlements in the Territories. Above all, it would give Israel a bargaining chip: “Look, we are keeping our part of the International Agreement of 1947”. Dale Commented on this in HRN saying that Israel has lost the moral High ground it had back in 1948. That is true. Very true. With the Settlements in the Territories dismantled, some of that high ground would be re-gained, which I think would eventually swing the pendulum from polarization to middle-ground Internationally. Any Palestinian and/or Arab hatred/armed violence against Israel would turn against them in that context.

Or that is my hope – because then pressure could be put on the PA to make peace and start building a Palestinian Sovereign State.

Saturday July 7, 2007, 5:56 pm
The other side of the Story:

Hevron Decries State Prosecution’s Forgery Allegations

Sunday July 8, 2007, 10:42 am
Silly, thanks for providing the other link, I figured there was more to this and that it hadn’t been resolved or confirmed yet.

I agree on most of what your saying, but with only 1/3 of the population in 1948 attempting to claim control over the remaining 2/3, I don’t think Israel had much moral high ground then either.

One problems both sides are faced with is, the people expected to resolve the conflict, don’t have total control over all the people involved. Each government is full of individuals, with individual goals and idea about what is fair and reasonable, passed on to them is the task of controlling their people. So, simply having the right idea and intent to solve the problem isn’t enough, the people need to cooperate.

Without the ‘right of return’, I don’t think the Palestinians will ever fully accept a less than fair partition of land, but I do think they would accept Israel if the borders were fair, even Hamas. With the current balance of leverage, mainly in world opinion, Israel does not have the motivation or political power at home to make such concessions.

The ultimate goal is a truly peaceful relationship between Palestine Israel and all their neighbors. This requires both sides to feel the issue was resolved in a fair and just manner. The problem is, even withdrawing to 1967 borders isn’t going to satisfy the Palestinians who feel they were forced from their land by 1/3 of the population and are now told they can never return. Israel justifies their right to the land from many angles, but what they need the power to do is justify the Palestinians right to a fair partition.

Palestine has the motivation and the power available, all they need is the right plan. This has been my main message to them.

Shifting the balance of power is probably the only way this situation will be resolved. To do this, the Palestinians could to take control of their future and declare peace without negotiating terms. Israel relies on Palestinian violence to justify ‘security zones’ of occupation, all raids inflicting casualties, road blocks, check point searches, sanctions and more. By unconditionally ending violence, all of these justifications are lost, and world opinion would sway on Israels response to this. World opinion would also sway on Israel’s ability to control certain armed settlers, and out of bounds settlements. This would appeal to them as a semi immediate gain in conditions and a long term gain in leverage. It’s a simple political strategy with good motivation that can be passed straight to the people, providing that elusive control governments lack in ending the violence.

Think about it Silly, and let me know what you’re thinking.

Sunday July 8, 2007, 3:27 pm

“I agree on most of what your saying, but with only 1/3 of the population in 1948 attempting to claim control over the remaining 2/3, I don’t think Israel had much moral high ground then either.”

I disagree with this for the simple reason that in 1948 Israel was content to accept the Partition Plan under UN resolution 181 and can hardly be blamed for the all out Arab attack on her before the ink on the Declaration of independence had even dried. – Nor can she be blamed for the lies spread and exaggerated by Arab Leaders. One also have to keep in mind that we are talking about here (per the agreement between Britain and France on the division of the Ottoman Empire) are the Jews in all of what once was the Ottoman Empire from Iraq to Algeria and Morroco, and they can hardly be called 1/3 of the population in comparison to the Palestinians living in Palestine.

“Without the ‘right of return’, I don’t think the Palestinians will ever fully accept a less than fair partition of land, but I do think they would accept Israel if the borders were fair, even Hamas. With the current balance of leverage, mainly in world opinion, Israel does not have the motivation or political power at home to make such concessions.”

I agree with the “right of return” to some degree and the partition of land – but I doubt you will agree with what I am to say next:

The problem with this reasoning, XX is that in 1947-1948, the land partition WAS fair – or let’s say it was satisfactory Let’s not forget the fact that (trans)Jordan annexed 50% of what was supposed to be for the Palestinians of the British Mandate, and Egypt 60% of what was supposed to be the Gaza Strip in the partition plan, leaving the Palestinians with the West Bank and a minute part of the Gaza Strip – (all one needs to do to see this is take a look at the original Partition Plan Map and a map of the British mandate of Palestine). No, that’s not fair – but you cannot blame Israel for what the Arabs did. You need to ask/demand (whichever you prefer) that Jordan and Egypt return to the Palestinians what they stole back then.

The problem with right to return is that who is and who is not a Palestinian refugee is highly disputable. No other people claims to be refugees in 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation – the Palestinians do – they have even managed to, in my mind, manipulate the International Community into creating a specific “refugee” category for them, so that they can perpetuate the idea of being victims. Yes, to right of return of those who are actually refugees without special provisions who have valid papers that show they lived inside Israel in 1947-1948 or 1967 or is an under age child of someone living inside Israel in 1947-1948 or 1967, that is acceptable – That would also mean the right of return for ALL refugees (without special provisions) to their countries of origin from (as put forward by the UN definition of who is entitled to right of return), i.e Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq etc, from where the Palestinians have been expelled or deported to camps because the Arab League “forbids” the host nations to assimilate or naturalize them. If we implement “the right to return” in all fairness, we have to do so with regard only to refugees directly affected by the 1948 and 1967 wars – this means a load of Palestinians really don’t belong either in Palestine nor inside israel, and if they want to live there, they’ll have immigrate like everybody else – if they get invitations to immigrate, like Jews from all over the World are invited to immigrate to Israel – great let them come, I say.

“The problem is, even withdrawing to 1967 borders isn’t going to satisfy the Palestinians who feel they were forced from their land by 1/3 of the population and are now told they can never return. Israel justifies their right to the land from many angles, but what they need the power to do is justify the Palestinians right to a fair partition.”

Israel have already done that – Israel fully expected the Palestinian Arabs to take possession of their half of the Land, which was rightfully theirs according to all International Laws.

What the Palestinians need to UNDERSTAND is that the partition WAS fair, and that they have been lied to by the Arab League and it’s members and are unfortunately continued to be lied to by people who say things like “you are 2/3 being controlled by 1/3”. IF the Arabs and subsequently the Palestinians back in 1948 had accepted the Partition under UN Resolution 181 unconditionally like the Jews did, they would have had their Sovereign State right there and then – don’t blame Israel for the mistakes made by the Arabs back then.

Israel doesn’t need justification for the Palestinians right to their half. They gave that when they accepted the Partition in 1947-48 – they need justification for withdrawing from Occupied Territories and return to the borders of 1947-48 – which as far as I am concerned must be priority #1. Believe it or not, work and ideas are being done and discussed to that end – my Blog Entry from yesterday: Talking Torah in Lieu of Politics – Daniel Sieradski We need to re-draw the map, so that the Partition, instead of being patches here and there becomes two continuous “land-masses” with a corridor for each to have access to Jerusalem.

“Shifting the balance of power is probably the only way this situation will be resolved. To do this, the Palestinians could to take control of their future and declare peace without negotiating terms. Israel relies on Palestinian violence to justify ‘security zones’ of occupation, all raids inflicting casualties, road blocks, check point searches, sanctions and more. By unconditionally ending violence, all of these justifications are lost, and world opinion would sway on Israels response to this. World opinion would also sway on Israel’s ability to control certain armed settlers, and out of bounds settlements. This would appeal to them as a semi immediate gain in conditions and a long term gain in leverage. It’s a simple political strategy with good motivation that can be passed straight to the people, providing that elusive control governments lack in ending the violence.”

I agree.

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Refugee Camps…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on June 16, 2007

Palestinian Refugee Camp in Lebanon

Those are HOUSES, even multi Story Houses – they have real walls made of concrete, real roofs and STREETS in between them – yet they are called Refugee Camps. Compare those to this image of “buildings” in a Darfur Refugee camp

At best those “buildings” are mud-huts with tarp roofs…

Here are some suffering, malnourished Palestinian Children “getting no education” the


Here some happy, smiling, healthy Palestinian Children are playing in the courtyard of a House in Marka “Refugee Camp”, a house much like this one in Talbieh “Refugee Camp”

Talbieh was set up on an area of about 130,000 square metres, 35 km south of Amman. Tents were donated by the Iranian Red Lion and Sun Society, who later replaced them with concrete “shelters” – that as you can see are actually HOUSES – much unlike the real shelters used by the real refugees in Darfur.

Due to the harsh winters in Jordan UNRWA replaced the tents with 8,048 prefabricated shelters between 1969-1971 with special contributions from the Federal Republic of Germany. Most of the camp’s inhabitants have since then constructed more durable concrete shelters to replace the prefabs.
Eyewitness account from the Baqa’a “Refugee” Camp:

“It was with some apprehension that I walked behind the façade of the storefronts and into the camp proper. I was surprised to find a reasonable standard of roading and footpaths, and what appeared from the outside to be housing that was adequate in terms of warmth, shelter, security – sort of reminiscent of our state house units, only built from crude bricks and stones and some significantly more crowded. Certainly an equal amount of “tagging”, which is equally hard to decipher in Arabic or English.”[…]”Many of the refugees are unable to gain permanent employment outside the camps, although some do appear to have very good jobs and incomes. Some of the residents own cars, including some fairly new-looking Mercedes, so life is not totally grim or fruitless.”[…]”It seems that around half the population of this particular camp, Baqa’a, were children under about 15. Schooling is seen as very important and the children generally appeared happy and healthy and were fluent in Arabic and English.[…]This couple had both attended school through to age 14 within the camp, and had a variety of work, and still both work fulltime. The extended family lives mostly together, and have a “joint family” car, a humble 1980s Toyota. Two of their children have obtained Jordanian citizenship and live and work outside the camp.”

The tented camp was set up on an area of about 917,000 square metres, 10 km north east of Amman. The Agency’s plans to provide stronger tents to withstand the harsh winters were dropped in favour of the construction of prefabricated shelters, and 4,000 were built between 1969-1971 with support from the Federal Republic of Germany, the Government of Italy, the Jordan Development Bank, and the Near East Emergency Donations. Most of the camp’s inhabitants have since replaced the prefabs with more durable concrete “shelters” like this four story House in Rafah, in the Gaza Strip. This is the “Refugee Camp” Baqa’a in Jordan:

Baqa’a Refugee Camp

After seeing these pictures it’s hard to believe that the majority of Palestinian “Refugee” Camps are anything but ordinary Arab Cities/Towns – like the Center of Sanaa?

Minaret in Saana

Or this in Al-Shatti/Shati Beach in the Gaza Strip,


the home Town of Ishmail Haniayeh, the former Prime Minister of Palestine – what a horrible place indeed! Really, who are they trying to fool?

The world of course – by claiming that they in third and fourth generations are refugees or displaced like their grandparents, they suck sympathy from the Western World, Help Organizations and feed us stories about how horrible the conditions are in the “Refugee Camps” – and that might have been true right after the 1948 and 1967 wars – but now it is certainly a crock of goat manure.

This article, including artworks and photos are © Henric C. Jensen aka Shadow Bear and are NOT public domain, unless otherwise specified.

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UNDECLARED WWIII – Part 2 – Suicide Murders

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on August 16, 2006

I started picking Haim Harari’s Undeclared WWII apart HERE – this is the continuation. I don’t claim to be an expert on the Middle East, but I have had reason lately to do a lot of research and thinking – I hope that it will at least cause discussion.Suicide Murders

“These are the four main pillars of the current World Conflict, or perhaps we should already refer to it as “the undeclared World War III”. I have no better name for the present situation. A few more years may pass before everybody acknowledges that it is a World War, but we are already well into it. “

I think the title “The Undeclared World War III” – considering the illegal war in Afganistan and Iraq, perpetrated by the US – is a little over the top. It is playing into the hands of the American Adminstration, and I do not believe the US Government needs any pats on the back. It is however also important to point out that there is a clash of cultures and attitudes, that doesn’t necessarily run along traditional Nation/State lines – although the Terror Organizations we are speking of here in some cases are sponsored by Sovereign States – such as Hezbollah, sponsored by Iran and Syria, and they all do receive financial aid from States in the area, not all citzens of those Staes agree with their agenda. So to claim that this is a clash between the Arab World and the West is not accurate.

It doesn’t change the fact that there is a War going on and that the neutral Powers (i.e the United Nations) should take the reins and become a World Leader in this. The UN needs to undergo serious reforms – one such reform is that “resolutions” shouldn’t be passed by single majority. No Nation should be able to veto something. Parties that are involved in armed conflict should be treated equally, regardless of whether they are actual sovereign nations or not.

If a member country chooses to not pay their member’s fee, they should barred from the decision making process. And, the UN Peace-keeping Forces should be allowed to use weapons-force when fired on or when protecting civilians. It is absolutely ridiculus that the UN Soldiers are not allowed to fire back when fired on, to protect themselves and civilians.


“The first element is the suicide murder. Suicide murders are not new invention but they have been made popular, if I may use this expression, only lately. Even after September 11, it seems that most of the Western World does not yet understand this weapon. It is a very potent psychological weapon. Its real direct impact is relatively minor. The total number of casualties from hundreds of suicide murders within Israel in the last three years is much smaller than those due to car accidents. September 11 was quantitatively much less lethal than many earthquakes. More people die from AIDS in one day in Africa than all the Russians who died in the hands of Chechnya-based Moslem suicide murderers since that conflict started. Saddam killed every month more people than all those who died from suicide murders since the Coalition occupation of Iraq.”

For the sake of balance and clarity – please refer to this Wikipedia Page on Suicide Bombings.


“So what is all the fuss about suicide killings? It creates headlines. It is spectacular. It is frightening. It is a very cruel death with bodies dismembered and horrible severe lifelong injuries to many of the wounded. It is always shown on television in great detail. One such murder, with the help of hysterical media coverage, can destroy the tourism industry of a country for quite a while, as it did in Bali and in Turkey.”

One of the greatest problems with the Suicide murders is not the existence of it, but how MEDIA” glorify” it by giving each incident hours and hours, pages and pages of attention. If each incident was treated like any simple suicide – i.e something not very socially acceptable, I am sure that many prospective suicide murderes would never get strapped with explosives.

The #1 aim of terror is to terrify. The best example of how this was acheived in a major way is the US after 9/11, 2001 – the news channels carry “terror-alert” banners, rolling 24/7 constantly telling the American people that the risk of another terrorist-attack is “elevated” – thus creating a constant hightened stress-level – subconsciously at least, subsequently playing right into the hands of the terrorists. The major News Channels, like FoX and CNN are giving the terrorists free advertizing time this way, doing their bidding by spreading terror.

“But the real fear comes from the undisputed fact that no defense and no preventive measures can succeed against a determined suicide murderer. This has not yet penetrated the thinking of the Western World. The U.S. and Europe are constantly improving their defense against the last murder, not the next one. We may arrange for the best airport security in the world. But if you want to murder by suicide, you do not have to board a plane in order to explode yourself and kill many people. Who could stop a suicide murder in the midst of the crowded line waiting to be checked by the airport metal detector? How about the lines to the check-in counters in a busy travel period? Put a metal detector in front of every train station in Spain and the terrorists will get the buses. Protect the buses and they will explode in movie theaters, concert halls, supermarkets, shopping malls, schools and hospitals. Put guards in front of every concert hall and there will always be a line of people to be checked by the guards and this line will be the target, not to speak of killing the guards themselves. You can somewhat reduce your vulnerability by preventive and defensive measures and by strict border controls but not eliminate it and definitely not in the war in a defensive way. And it is a war!”

The Brittish have realized this. They are concerned, but not bothered. Years and years of dealing with the Irish Republican Army has taught them that they really cannot defend themselves against terror-attacks – but they can respond proportionately after the fact. The Brittish people didn’t go an a “self-pity bender” or demand any special treatment Internationally because some suicide murderers blew up some buses – they got off the ground and wasted no time on wallowing in their percieved self-importance. They simply went after the ones who did it, and ten day later they had caught those who where responsible for the planning and logistics. Then there was another terror-attack in London – and people don’t even remember what date THAT one was – and why? Because the Brits didn’t make a fuss about it – they just went to work catching the ones responsible – and they did. That’s a 200% success-rate compared to the Americans, who are still looking for Osama somewhere in Afganistan 5 years after the fact…*lol*


“What is behind the suicide murders? Money, power and cold-blooded murderous incitement, nothing else. It has nothing to do with true fanatic religious beliefs. No Moslem preacher has ever blown himself up. No son of an Arab politician or religious leader has ever blown himself. No relative of anyone influential has done it. Wouldn’t you expect some of the religious leaders to do it themselves, or to talk their sons into doing it, if this is truly a supreme act of religious fervor? Aren’t they interested in the benefits of going to Heaven? Instead, they send outcast women, naive children, retarded people and young incited hotheads. They promise them the delights, mostly sexual, of the next world, and pay their families handsomely after the supreme act is performed and enough innocent people are dead.”

This paragraph raised a couple of thoughts – the fact that no high-ranking American Politician or Military (desk-top Generals) have sons or daughters in Iraq – and me thinks that the reason for this is much the same as the reason why no high-rank Arab religious leader or politician send their sons and daughters out as suicide murderers. They know the reasons for the occupation/terror-attack are bogus, they know that what they stand for is immoral and unethical – and that wasting a life, any life, on something like that is just another lie.


“Suicide murders also have nothing to do with poverty and despair. The poorest region in the world, by far, is Africa. It never happens there. There are numerous desperate people in the world, in different cultures, countries and continents. Desperation does not provide anyone with explosives, reconnaissance and transportation. There was certainly more despair in Saddam’s Iraq then in Paul Bremmer’s Iraq, and no one exploded himself. A suicide murder is simply a horrible, vicious weapon of cruel, inhuman, cynical, well-funded terrorists, with no regard to human life, including the life of their fellow countrymen, but with very high regard to their own affluent well-being and their hunger for power.”

I am not sure I agree with Haim Harari about Suicide bombings not being about despair – I woul like to refer to my Blog entry “Loss of an Identity” – which deals somewhat with the historical reasons behind today’s Reign of Terror in the Middle East – lack of self-respect and a sense of not counting, can and will create despair, if given enough time and fuel.I like the fact that Haim Harari calls the people behind the suicide murders the actual killers. Because that is how it is. If this is a war, then the ones sending out the foot-soldiers, on both sides, are murderers – not the foot-soldiers. It’s like it is said about guns: “Guns don’t kill people – People kill People!”


“The only way to fight this new “popular” weapon is identical to the only way in which you fight organized crime or pirates on the high seas: the offensive way. Like in the case of organized crime, it is crucial that the forces on the offensive be united and it is crucial to reach the top of the crime pyramid. You cannot eliminate organized crime by arresting the little drug dealer in the street corner. You must go after the head of the “Family”.”

This is so true. Don’t spend money and time on going after the little guy – go after the Nation-Heads and the Business CEOs who send them out and fund them!


“If part of the public supports it, others tolerate it, many are afraid of it and some try to explain it away by poverty or by a miserable childhood, organized crime will thrive and so will terrorism. The United States understands this now, after September 11. Russia is beginning to understand it. Turkey understands it well. I am very much afraid that most of Europe still does not understand it. Unfortunately, it seems that Europe will understand it only after suicide murders will arrive in Europe in a big way. In my humble opinion, this will definitely happen. The Spanish trains and the Istanbul bombings are only the beginning. The unity of the Civilized World in fighting this horror is absolutely indispensable. Until Europe wakes up, this unity will not be achieved.”

For this we need a strong and an armed United Nations – a United Nations that can put armed force behind it’s words! Traditionally, UN Troops have been prohibited from using fire-arms when going on “Peace-Keeping missions”, even for self-defence – this has in my mind given far too much power to NATO and subsequently to the United States. This won’t work when dealing with military force that has as one of their point to hate America. First of all, the US is far too trigger happy and unreliable in terms of correct treatment of enemy combattants, secondly – UN is supposed to be INTERNATIONAL, and therefore it needs to be strengthened so that when it meets these terror organizations, it is not “tainted” by it’s dependence on the US and Nato to provide fire-power through direct threats of violence. It would also, in my mind keep the US put within it’s own borders, where it belongs, and not scourging the earth with it’s mental and physical napalm.The Security Council needs to be reformed, so that it comprises also of militarily neutral Nations, such as Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark and Norway – countries with a strong tradition of “neutrality” in terms of diplomacy and Human Rights. As we no longer live under a constant Terror Balance between East and West – the VETO can be removed, so that no member of the Security Council can sabotage an other wise unanimous Council.

Ok, til the next time


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UN Resolution 194 part 2 – The Refugees

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on August 12, 2006

“A refugee is a person seeking asylum in a foreign country in order to escape persecution, war, terrorism, extreme poverty, famines, and natural disaster. Some regional legal instruments further include those seeking to escape generalized violence in the definition of a refugee. Those who seek refugee status are sometimes known as asylum seekers and the practice of accepting such refugees is that of offering political asylum. The most common asylum claims to industrialized countries are based upon political and religious grounds.” (from Wikipedia)The refugee is a person actively seeking asylum – not his or her children born in the new country or in transit to the new country. This is the definition of a refugee, and by that definition only 1/6 of the Palestinian “refugees” registerd with the UN are actual refugees. And only a third of those are actually refugees from Israel proper. The rest are refugees from Gaza, the Westbank, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon. And they actually hail from these countries, but were expelled or made persona non-grata from and in those countries, by laws passed after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

“The historian Shmuel Katz in his book ‘Battleground’ [21] argues that the Arab refugees were not driven from Palestine by anyone. The vast majority left, whether of their own free will or at the orders or exhortations of their leaders, always with the same reassurance-that their departure would help in the war against Israel. The [Palestinian]Arabs are the only declared refugees who became refugees not by the action of their enemies or because of well-grounded fear of their enemies, but by the initiative of their own leaders. For nearly a generation, those leaders have willfully kept as many people as they possibly could in degenerating squalor, preventing their rehabilitation, and holding out to all of them the hope of return and of “vengeance” on the Jews of Israel, to whom they have transferred the blame for their plight. Haled al Azm, the Syrian Prime Minister 1948-49, stated the following in his memoirs. “Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. Only a few months separated our call to them to leave and our appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return.” From Wikipedia

In fact, the above Arab countries were forbidden by the Arab League to accept Palestinians as legal citizens in any Arab country. Jordan is the only country which has historically granted citzenship to the Palestinian Arabs, before 1948 – Now why on earth would the Arab League do such a thing? ““to avoid dissolution of their identity and protect their right to return to their homeland” hm, sounds fishy, considering that 80% of the people who identify as “Palestinians” actually are JORDANIANS – yes, 80% of the land area that made up the Brittish Palestinian Mandate before 1948, was annexed by the Hashmenites and turned into Jordania – over the heads of the Palestinian Arabs.

But off course all of this is the doing of Israel…and you cannot believe one word of what I have said here, because it was said by a Jew, as a part of a secret and devilish plan to accomplish Jewish World domination.


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Posted by Henric C. Jensen on August 6, 2006

I came across an excellent speech by the former President of Weizmann Institute of Science, Haim Harari.UNDECLARED WWIII
By Haim Harari

“As you know, I usually provide the scientific and technological “entertainment” in our meetings, but, on this occasion, our Chairman suggested that I present my own personal view on events in the part of the world from which I come. I have never been and I will never be a Government official and I have no privileged information. My perspective is entirely based on what I see, on what I read and on the fact that my family has lived in this region for almost 200 years. You may regard my views as those of the proverbial taxi driver, which you are supposed to question, when you visit a country.

I could have shared with you some fascinating facts and some personal thoughts about the Israeli-Arab conflict. However, I will touch upon it only in passing. I prefer to devote most of my remarks to the broader picture of the region and its place in world events. I refer to the entire area between Pakistan and Morocco, which is predominantly Arab, predominantly Moslem, but includes many non-Arab and also significant non-Moslem minorities.

Why do I put aside Israel and its own immediate neighborhood? Because Israel and any problems related to it, in spite of what you might read or hear in the world media, is not the central issue, and has never been the central issue in the upheaval in the region. Yes, there is a 100 year-old Israeli-Arab conflict, but it is not where the main show is. The millions who died in the Iran-Iraq war had nothing to do with Israel. The mass murder happening right now in Sudan, where the Arab Moslem regime is massacring its black Christian citizens, has nothing to do with Israel. The frequent reports from Algeria about the murders of hundreds of civilian in one village or another by other Algerians have nothing to do with Israel. Saddam Hussein did not invade Kuwait, endangered Saudi Arabia and butchered his own people because of Israel. Egypt did not use poison gas against Yemen in the 60’s because of Israel. Assad the Father did not kill tens of thousands of his own citizens in one week in El Hamma in Syria because of Israel. The Taliban control of Afghanistan and the civil war there had nothing to do with Israel. The Libyan blowing up of the Pan-Am flight had nothing to do with Israel, and I could go on and on and on.”

One of the prevailing ideas put forward, especially by the Left and Far Left, is that Israel is the root of all evil that takes place in the Middle-East. It is being bought whole-sale by the media to such a degree that it is hard to come by any OBJECTIVE news on the Topic – this is especially true in Europe (that it is true about the news in the Arab speaking world goes without saying.) where the attitudes towards Israel has always been less than amiable.

If the assertion that Israel is behind every evil that happens in the Middle-East is even remotely true – then it is logical to assume that Israel wouldn’t be doing much else but plotting evil against it’s neighbors. The social and economic standard of Israel compared to it’s neighbors in the same region (who incidently have the same climate, soil capacity and other unpredictables to struggle with) indicates that Israel is spending its time working hard at harnessing its resources – how can it do that if it is primarily occupied with plotting against its neighbors? The answer is – it isn’t plotting anything. The answer comes in the next paragraph:

“The root of the trouble is that this entire Moslem region is totally dysfunctional, by any standard of the word, and would have been so even if Israel would have joined the Arab league and an independent Palestine would have existed for 100 years. The 22 member countries of the Arab league, from Mauritania to the Gulf States, have a total population of 300 millions, larger than the US and almost as large as the EU before its expansion. They have a land area larger than either the US or all of Europe. These 22 countries, with all their oil and natural resources, have a combined GDP smaller than that of Netherlands plus Belgium and equal to half of the GDP of California alone. Within this meager GDP, the gaps between rich and poor are beyond belief and too many of the rich made their money not by succeeding in business, but by being corrupt rulers. The social status of women is far below what it was in the Western World 150 years ago. Human rights are below any reasonable standard, in spite of the grotesque fact that Libya was elected Chair of the UN Human Rights commission. According to a report prepared by a committee of Arab intellectuals and published under the auspices of the U.N., the number of books translated by the entire Arab world is much smaller than what little Greece alone translates. The total number of scientific publications of 300 million Arabs is less than that of 6 million Israelis. Birth rates in the region are very high, increasing the poverty, the social gaps and the cultural decline. And all of this is happening in a region, which only 30 years ago, was believed to be the next wealthy part of the world, and in a Moslem area, which developed, at some point in history, one of the most advanced cultures in the world.”

Saladin the Great is most likely spinning wildly in his grave. He left behind him a vast Empire that flourished not just economically, but culturally and spiritually – and what is left of all that wealth? Nothing but burnt tatters. As Mr Harari says – it’s all very dysfunctional. A few are mooching off of the many. Where is all that Science the Arabs became famous for? Why is it that Arabs go to Europe or the US to study Medicine, Law, Science and Economics? According to History that shouldn’t be necessary – they should infact be teaching us – like they taught us mathematics…yet the rate of literacy is only between 0-79%…

“It is fair to say that this creates an unprecedented breeding ground for cruel dictators, terror networks, fanaticism, incitement, suicide murders and general decline. It is also a fact that almost everybody in the region blames this situation on the United States, on Israel, on Western Civilization, on Judaism and Christianity, on anyone and anything, except themselves.”

What is even more flagrant is that they have quite ordinary, thinking and logical people out-side the Middle East blame their problems on everything but those who are really to blame – themselves and their leaders. The Far Left’s almost religiously fanatic repetion of lies and propaganda is a very good example of this. – this despite the fact that they are often the most extremely conservative adherents of Right-Wing ideas and attitudes.

“Do I say all of this with the satisfaction of someone discussing the failings of his enemies? On the contrary, I firmly believe that the world would have been a much better place and my own neighborhood would have been much more pleasant and peaceful, if things were different.”

I keep thinking of the Ottoman Empire at it’s very peak – when the Arab Culture produced more art, literature, music, philosophy and science than any other Civilization ever before. And how in it’s decline it seems to have taken with it, not only the above productivity, but it’s very soul, and replaced it with a desperate hopelessness among the little people, that is being exploited by those who wish nothing but destruction.

“I should also say a word about the millions of decent, honest, good people who are either devout Moslems or are not very religious but grew up in Moslem families. They are double victims of an outside world, which now develops Islamophobia and of their own environment, which breaks their heart by being totally dysfunctional. The problem is that the vast silent majority of these Moslems are not part of the terror and of the incitement but they also do not stand up against it. They become accomplices, by omission, and this applies to political leaders, intellectuals, business people and many others. Many of them can certainly tell right from wrong, but are afraid to express their views.”

It is really, really sad.


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