Israel, a Country That Changes Enemies Like You Change Your Clothes

Why do we need to go as far as Tehran? We don’t even have to trouble ourselves as far as Beirut if when our attic lies a genuine enemy, who even swears in Oxfordian Hebrew.

Saja Abu Fanni
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With the signing of the Geneva agreement on the issue of the Iranian nuclear program, another front was closed. And not just another front. The best of our boys were ready, and instead the Galilee front was opened with the “Judaization of the Galilee” plan.

A few months ago, when the Syrian chemical front was closed based on an agreement between the powers, they launched to the Negev front, which had been on a medium flame, more troops: Prawer, Umm al-Hiran, Al-Arakib and more of the same.

For the past 70 years there was no shortage of enemies here. We were lucky enough to live in a country that changes its enemies like you change clothes. But now it seems the goddess of luck Fortuna is abandoning us. Yesterday’s enemies are busy with their own wars: Iran is in conflict with the Gulf states; Hezbollah is busy with the war in Syria; Hamas is busy with its war against Egypt; Egypt is busy with its “brothers” and the Muslim Brotherhood, which was an inexhaustible source of hate, has forgotten − in the words of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with a slight change − “how to be fanatics.” And we won’t even talk about Syria and Iraq. And the Arabs in Israel − these gentlemen too are trying to act like they are big, and are also busy with their own wars of clans and local elections.

And as if all this is not enough, the Arab world has not stopped talking about normalization with Israel. Here everyone is playing Shimon Peres. Even Hamas, which was created in opposition to the solution of two states, has been making moderate declarations. Politically correct is already a trend here. Where are the good old days when every speech by Ahmad Shukeiri would keep the Israeli propaganda machine fed for a full month? Now the world is busy with a shard that refuses to be separated from the rear of Economy Minister Naftali Bennett.

In an aside, and in order to set things straight, maybe instead of asking − after an infinite number of tormented rolling of the eyes − “Why is all the world against us?” the time has come to ask ”Why is Israel against all the world?”

The story of the woman who hears on the radio about the driver who is driving on the highway against the flow of traffic is well known. She calls her husband to warn him about the dangerous driver. Her genius husband answers her: "What do you mean one? They're all driving on the wrong side of the road." In Arabic we say: “If two people say your head is not on your shoulders, look around you.”

Whereas here, all the world is demanding to stop the settlements and the housing minister continues to build. And so it is concerning United Nations decisions. After all, who cares about what the UN says, as David Ben-Gurion would say in the 1950s.

And if we are talking about Ben-Gurion, it was not by chance that he did not forcably prevent the remaining of some 130,000 Arabs inside the state. Ben-Gurion designated them to be the reserves for a wintry day when the inventory of enemies runs out.

“The young man fell in love with many homes, but his longing always remains for his first home,” wrote the great Iraqi poet Abu Tammam. After all, what's wrong with the Palestinian Arabs, the first intimate enemy, who the Jews first ran into when their ships anchored?

Truly, why do we need to go as far as Tehran? We don’t even have to trouble ourselves as far as Beirut if in the attic lies a genuine enemy, who even swears in Oxfordian Hebrew. Is the value of the stones of the Galilee less than that of the Katyusha rockets of Hezbollah? Besides, Channel 2 has already upgraded the status of the rock: From now on stop saying “rock throwing,” say “rock attack.”

The problem here is that the Galilee is already saturated with “Judaization.” Except for the heart and kidneys of the Arabs, is there nothing left to Judaize? And so, and in great graciousness it is possible to say if the Arabs of the Galilee will be the sacrifice on the altar of preventing a nuclear war between Iran and Israel, we are ready. What won’t we do for peace. So yallah, another Judaization plan and the land will erupt. As Najat Al-Saghira sings: “How sweet it is to return to him.” Returning to you, the sweet Galilee. Returning to you, Land Day.

Israeli Arabs waving Palestinian flags during a rally in the northern Arab-Israeli town of Sakhnin on March 30, 2013 commemorating the 37th anniversary of 'Land Day.'Credit: AFP

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