…Can they be blamed for such an attitude? The average Arab is certainly not responsible for these feelings. These are the values on which he has been raised for years. For him or her to defy them would mean challenging his society’s entire hierarchy.
But absolving the ordinary Arab from blame should not lead one to ignore the situation which prevails. A casual perusal of local Arab press feeds into a common message: From heads of state to ordinary citizenry, the Arab world’s attitude towards Israel is one of hatred and contempt; never have there been any serious attempts toward coexistence. What is the prevailing dynamic? : The Arabs have learned that through terror and through clamor they can win concessions, that the Israelis are willing to sacrifice their security bit by bit to win a very temporary calm. Too often terrorism seems to be rewarded by concessions. On numerous occasions, rather than expose the charade of the Arab peace effort, Israel has reinforced the Arab position publicly recognizing them as “partners in the endeavor for peace.”
Israel has continually chosen to worry first about what other nations will say, and second about its own priorities. The attitude has always been: What will the Arabs say? And what will be the response from Washington?
There is nothing really new here. Over 3,000 years ago, the returning scouts whom Moses dispatched to report on the inhabitants of the Promised Land debriefed as follows: “We were like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and so we were in theirs.” Way back then, it began with self image. When Jews give precedence to their own security in Israel, other nations regard them differently.
The same applies with regard to Israel’s relations with America. If Israel will not stand up for her priorities, can one expect America to fight for them? If Israel will not protest the constant Arab violations of agreements, why should America be concerned with them?