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An Open Letter to the Arab League: Thanks, but no Thanks

Throughout all of history, did an Emir, Sultan Caliph or Arab or Islamic King rule in Jerusalem even for one day?
A meeting of the Arab League.

A meeting of the Arab League, who are unified in denying that Israel should be recognized as a Jewish state.

But the most important thing is the fact that despite the terrible holocaust, in which  the Palestinian Mufti – your brother, Hajj Amin al-Husseini – took an active part, and despite the wars and the terror between the wars that you have imposed upon us, we have established a democratic and developed country, and we have proven to the whole world that we need you, our dear neighbors, about as much as we need a headache.

We have managed very well without you, and according to all the signs, we will continue to manage not at all poorly without you. You have nothing to offer us besides the poverty, unemployment, corruption, backwardness, violence and neglect that characterizes your societies and countries. Believe us, nothing, absolutely nothing, makes us want to connect ourselves with you. Do you want peace with us? We’re willing – but what do you offer us in return? What will you give to us in exchange for our agreement to get into the same picture frame with you and to sit  around the same table with you?

Peace with you will come only after we see that you really want peace. As long as you encourage and arm terror organizations who act against us, incite against us in your media, erase the State of Israel from the geography books in your schools and act against us in international arenas, why should we believe that you indeed want peace? A peace agreement should be a recognition of actual peace in the field, for one important reason: when we see how you behave with yourselves, no one in Israel believes even one word of yours, because you have no idea what peace is. If you want peace with us, show us please that you have some concept of the term “peace”. Begin with making peace within your countries, continue with peace between your countries and then perhaps we will believe that you know what peace is.

And if anyone thinks that our requirement is absurd, because there will never be peace in the Arab world, this is the proof that we are right. There is a saying in Arabic “Faqd a-Shay la y’atiha” – “He who has nothing, cannot give to someone else.” How can a nation that has no notion of peace, give peace to others?

In conclusion, dear neighbors, we – citizens of Israel – want very much to live in Peace, in a region of peace where you and we enjoy it together. But we do not think that there is any point in signing an agreement with someone who today is here and tomorrow is in a grave, and his successors won’t honor his signature. When the Middle East becomes a region of peace, give us a call, perhaps we will join the peace that you will begin in the Middle East. until then please leave us alone.

Signed: Mordechai Kedar, and many, many more citizens of Israel.

Originally published at Middle East and Terrorism. Translated from Hebrew by Sally Zahav.

About the Author: Dr. Mordechai Kedar (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan U.) Served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence specializing in Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and the Syrian domestic arena. A lecturer in Arabic at Bar-Ilan U., he is also an expert on Israeli Arabs.


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5 Responses to “An Open Letter to the Arab League: Thanks, but no Thanks”

  1. Actually the third "Palestinian State" the first took 78% of our territory that is on the other side of the Jordan River, then the Hamas Gaza, now they want a 3rd state.

    I think the Arabs already have enough countries.

  2. Tim Upham says:

    The Arab League says it will accept land swaps. So that means Israel can keep all of Jerusalem, and possibly Area C in the West Bank. For exchange of something else. So has the Israeli Government explored what that something else can be? But to say "no thanks," just indicates you want to annex the entire West Bank. To have the West Bank, and it 75% Palestinian population, and with this unruly population, then Israel can say "yes thanks."

  3. Jack Huffman says:

    you are right but i think it's time for us to call for this last opportunity!
    i mean we can't live like this all the time! we need friends in the area and we need peace!!! think of it this way "war is hell to everyone" beside not all the arab are bad i mean the leaders are but what about the ppl!!! we can friend them if we know how to deal with them, i mean if we didn't what we could gain????
    we need a new approach and this time we need to become the friends of the arab ppl cuz they need one! so are we.

  4. As good as these arguments are, you are wrong to belittle any concession from an Arab state.

    I once asked the PLO representative on a radio program if the PLO would agree to Israel keeping the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem and he said yes.

    Even if 2013 is not a good time for a negotiated settlement, we must keep the door open, not closed to arrangements with our neighbors.

    If Hamas renounces violence, it may be possible to open the border with Gaza to more trade.

    Other arrangements can be made with Palestinians in Judea and Samaria.

    But at a minimum any movement from the Arab side towards Israel must be handled with the utmost respect.

  5. Anonymous says:

    http://newsblaze.com/story/20130517120655nurg.nb/topstory.html

    The politically incorrect truth about ISLAM.

    http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/ RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

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