Members‘Be More Like Israel!’

The Arab world hasn’t suddenly fallen in love with Israel.

By Aviel Schneider |
Arab League Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi (C) speaks as Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamal Amr (R) and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki (L) listen on during a press conference following their arrival in the West Bank city of Ramallah for a meeting with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on December 29, 2012. Photo by Issam Rimawi/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ôìùúéðé ôìùúéðàé çîàñ òøáé ðàáéì àì àøàáé ôìñèéðé ôìñèéðàé Photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90

But we are certainly witnessing the first steps toward a more amicable future in this conflict-ridden region. This is most evident in the editorials popping up in Arab newspapers extolling the virtues of the Jewish state. While many of these commentaries continue to smear Israel over its perceived “apartheid” policies and for allegedly “stealing” Palestinian land, they also openly acknowledge that Israel is by far the most secure, successful and egalitarian country in the region.

Writing for Nile Press, Reda Abd Al-Salam, former governor of Egypt’s Al-Sharqiya province, explained that “the Arab and Muslim peoples live under regimes that for decades have engaged not in developing their peoples and establishing themselves in economy, society, science, and democracy, but in establishing their [own] rule.”

At the same time, Al-Salam noted that those whom Muslims typically denigrate as “the sons of apes and pigs,” namely the Jews, have “engaged in real building. They focused on education, health, economy, and technology, and of course on the democratic process.”

Al-Salam concluded by urging the Arab world to “stop lying to ourselves,” and instead...

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