Arab, Muslim countries use Israel to boost ties with America - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • ronit
    • 11.09.05 | 10:50 (IDT)

    A comprehensive article on the same subject better written less scorn and thorns unbiased than this one appears on YnetNews here are excerpts: For a long time now, Arab and Islamic countries exploited Israel to facilitate better relations with the United States. There is nothing new about that. This is how late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat acted. He merely wanted peace with the United States, and the bridge to get there was Israel. This is what other leaders in the region are doing as they keep their focus on Washington, as Pakistan?s president did this time around. They have no genuine interest in Israel, its economy, or its people. Yet in the past, Arab and Islamic leaders had to pay for this cynical use of Israel with an official visit here or even the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel. Today, there is no need for that any more: A photo opportunity with Israeli leaders will suffice. Israel, excited about gaining legitimacy in the Arab world, makes do with a meeting in a third country between foreign ministers. By doing so, it exempts Arab countries from paying for taking advantage of the Jewish state, to those countries? great joy. This is how Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf gained Israeli legitimacy, which will allow him next week to deliver a speech before the influential World Jewish Congress in Washington, without paying Israel a thing in return. Israel must exact a price As public opinion in the Arab and Islamic world is so hostile to Israel, no Arab leader would dare jeopardize his stability and travel to Israel itself, or establish formal diplomatic ties with it. The Israeli reader has no idea regarding the extent of the hatred to Israel on the Arab street, and how deeply the Palestinian were able to taint that public opinion during five years of intifada. When will an Arab leader arrive in Israel or strike a peace deal with it? Only when all hope is lost and this is the only possibility left to ensure the leader?s survival. A quick review reveals that all the Arab leaders who struck a peace agreement with us did so for lack of other choice. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3139577,00.html

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    First published 00:00 11.09.05 | Last updated 00:00 11.09.05
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