There is so much to say here, but I will try to be concise. It's all the Jews fault. Now that we all agree on that, let's take a look at our friends the Arabs of the MidEast.
Al-Nakba day "The Catastrophe" is the day that the Arabs celebrate rather than Israel Independence day. Naksa is the name that they've given to The Six Day War. It translates as "The Setback." I wonder what setback it might possibly refer to... could it be that they were so close to finding the cure to cancer, but failed? Could it be that they were so close to inventing air-conditioning for their homes? Or... banish the thought... that they failed to destroy Israel and murder every Jew living there? Nahh.
The modern day State of Israel was born in the ashes of the Holocaust. World guilt and anti-semitism of not wanting Jews in their own countries pushed the world to create a "Jewish" state. The Arabs are fond of saying that because of the troubles the Jews had in Europe, they themselves are now suffering... and why is that fair?
True enough. But like I say to my students: Life isn't fair, deal with it. The Arabs haven't found themselves a "coping strategy". Instead they whine and complain and blow things up. Certainly this is a mature way of dealing, at least that's what they think. And don't forget - that's what counts.
Before the State of Israel was in existance (since we know that if the State weren't there, all would be peaceful between Jews and Muslims - we're the People of Book with "protected status"...gag me) we shouldn't forget the Hebron Massacre of 1929, complete innocents. Then of course the riots between 1936-38, where even more Jews were murdered. These weren't soldiers or "occupiers", rather they were men, women and even children. This was then followed up by the Holocaust in Europe.
Let's not forget the Mufti of Jerusalem. Mohammad Amin al-Husayni collaborated with Adolf Hitler and recruited Muslims for the Waffen-SS. Adolf Eichmann's deputy Dieter Wisliceny testified during his war crimes trial in 1946 that ... "The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan... He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chambers of Auschwitz." Nice guy.
I say then, that the Arabs deserve us there in the Middle East as a thorn in their side (we don't deserve them, but that's another story.)
What is even more interesting is that the stunning victory/loss of 1967 is still being held up as the reason for just about everything wrong in the Arab world. Repeat after me... Get Over It!
In an interview with the editor-in-chief of Al-Jazeera Ahmed Sheikh December 2006 the Arab position is clarified.
Do you mean to say that if Israel did not exist, there would suddenly be democracy in Egypt, that the schools in Morocco would be better, that the public clinics in Jordan would function better?
I think so.
Can you please explain to me what the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has to do with these problems?
The Palestinian cause is central for Arab thinking.
In the end, is it a matter of feelings of self-esteem?
Exactly. It's because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million. That hurts our collective ego.
You can't make this stuff up. That was only last December. But wait, there's more. It's even been claimed
by Egyptian columnist Wael Abdel Fattah writing in the independent weekly Al-Fagr newspaper that Arabs blame the defeat for "everything" — from "price hikes, dictatorship, religious extremism, sectarian strife, even sexual impotence." Yup, 'cause that makes sense.
All of this would be funny, if people/Jews weren't being murdered. Rockets are being fired daily into Sederot, and nobody cares. A fellow teacher's husband's cousin was killed the other day on his way to work. When Eilat was bombed a while back, the Israeli government went down there to show their concern for the tourist economy there. It's obvious that money is way more important than lives. No shocker there.
We cannot expect the Arabs to change. (Although for some reason people live their lives thinking that they can.) However, we can hold our "leaders" responsible for the lives and property that they are supposed to be protecting. At this point I see no Jewish "leader" who has done anything to protect the people living in Israel. Netanyahu gave away control of Hebron years ago. Barak offered the whole of Judea/Samaria and even Jerusalem (thank G-d Arafat turned it down), and the retreat out of Lebanon. Sharon evacuated the Gaza Strip (destroying those communities, a whole bunch more in Samaria, and leaving Sederot open to attack). Olmert, whose incompetence cost us in the eyes of Hizbullah and the rest of the Arab world when Israel was unable to crush the terrorists, and still didn't retrieve those who were kidnapped.
With such leaders, who needs an enemy. Thankfully, we have a Father in Heaven who watches over His children who are woefully in need of help. In 1948, G-d paved the way for the State of Israel. In 1967, in an amazing six day victory, the Old City of Jerusalem, the Kotel (the Western Wall) was returned to us, as well as the historic areas of Judea and Samaria. There are no apologizies to be made (unless the Arabs feel the need). We have established a "Jewish" State, taken in Jews from around the world, even defended Jews living in other countries... why are we bending over backwards for people who attempt every few years to destroy us? Darned if I know.