What Exactly is the Arab-Israeli Conflict About?

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The Root of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

By Ze’ev Shemer

What exactly is the Arab-Israeli conflict? What is it about? Who is to blame? How will it ever be resolved? These are basic questions that touch upon the most important political arena the world has known since the end of the Second World War. And that is one very big statement, after all, the ‘atrocities’ that have occurred or are alleged to have occurred in Israel are shadowed by the myriads of killings of innocents in Somalia, Rwanda, Sudan, Korea, Pakistan, and China to name a few. So what makes this particular conflict so outstanding? The most logical explanation is that the Arab-Israeli conflict is not about land, politics, or a dispute over historical legitimacy, but rather, it is rooted in a much more encompassing issue: it is the battle between Islam and Judaism. This conflict undoubtedly is the most intensely watched, cared for, involved and complex battle scene on planet earth.

So how did this conflict come about? There are many answers to this question, but ultimately there are two main points of view on this matter: The Jewish point of view and the Muslim point of view. You must understand however that not every Jew subscribes to the Jewish point of view, and not every Muslim agrees with the Islamist take on the issues.

It is my contention that Israel’s worst enemies, those who hurt her the most, are by far the Jewish ‘unJews.’ These are Jews known for their inferiority complex who crave for the world’s approval but are in fact driven by self-hatred, and who express loudly and sometimes violently their contempt against Israel and the Jewish people. The reasons for this pathological behavior are complex, and possibly have more to do with their rejection of God and traditional Judaism than their ‘passionate quest for justice’ and the support of the Palestinian cause.

It is important to note that not all Arabs agree with the Muslim contention that Israel has no right to exist. Many Arabs are Christians, and most certainly do not accept the Islamists’ point of view. Many of the people incorrectly branded as Arabs, are actually Druze or Kurds, and most would also disagree with the anti-Israel stand of the majority of the Muslim nations of the world. Furthermore, many Israeli-Arabs, even Muslims by faith, see themselves as regular Israeli citizens, and do not identify with the Palestinian people or their cause.

To better understand what the Arab-Israeli conflict is all about we need to define the terms, define the players and look at the Middle East with a clear historical perspective. Watching CNN or the BBC will certainly not provide any intelligent human being with an objective picture of the real issues that have been inflaming the seemingly endless conflict in the Middle East.

What most people think to know about the Arab-Israeli conflict can be surmised by stating that the Jewish people, mainly Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe, arrived in the land of Palestine shortly after WWII and took over a land that did not belong to them. Today Israelis, mostly sons and daughters of these immigrants, are currently ‘occupying’ the land of the Palestinian people. The world has seen thousands of reports of abuse and needless violence against these native Arabs who have been stripped from their homes and their land, and are subjected to the daily hardship and humiliation of an unfair occupation. This sounds like a logical explanation. Right? Wrong. Not even close.

The reality at play is far more complicated than what we are being fed on a regular base by the world media, our political leadership, and the majority of the world’s academic circles. Joseph Goebles[1] once said "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Goebles’ motivation was his deep-seated hatred of the Jewish people, and there is a chilling relation between today’s accusers and those who mastered the art of propaganda and mass brainwashing.

[1] Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels (1897 – 1945) was Adolf Hitler's Propaganda Minister in Nazi Germany. He also served as Chancellor for one day, following Hitler's death. He was known for his zealous and energetic oratory and virulent anti-Semitism.

Ze’ev Shemer is the author of “Israel and the Palestinian Nightmare”, “Stories, Myths and Lies, Does Religion Really matter?”, “From the Ashes of Deir Yassin”, and several articles that have appeared in periodicals and Internet news sites. Ze’ev teaches English and Social Studies and lives in Ramat HaGolan with his wife and children.


from the October 2010 Edition of the Jewish Magazine

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