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Samson Blinded

Samson Blinded

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Published by: Adamhman on Apr 29, 2008
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An Arab-made peace with Israel would exist only on paper; in
Islam, jihad is a perpetual obligation. The military jihad is interrupted only
temporarily by truces, and a truce is what Israel has now. Arabs see
themselves as morally bound only by lawful agreements—and a peace
agreement with an infidel state in Dar al-Islam is by definition illegal and
allowed only to deceive infidels. That Jews are not infidels in Islam, but
enjoy special status, will pose no difficulty for radical imams; Israel is not a
theocracy, but a secular state, and thus in their minds infidel, promoting the
Great Satan’s values. Few Muslims concede that jihad is an outdated,
unrealizable obligation like those common in mature religions or reinterpret
it as peaceful competition. Fundamentalist guerrillas who oppose settlement
with Israel see jihad as a military obligation and would honor no indemnity
of the West. Arabs have always violated cease-fires with Israel; why
imagine they would observe peace treaties? Normalization would not help:
Russia, Germany, and the Great Britain had perfectly normal relations days
before the World War I.

If Israel would define why it needs peace, rather than demanding it,
she could calculate feasible concessions. Peace is not required for salvation.
On one hand, no large-scale war with the Arab coalition looms, and on the
other, some authoritarian ruler bent on war can start a war regardless of any
paper treaty. The people in the rich Arab countries that can afford an
expensive war are accustomed to prosperity and do not seek a fight.
Israel can agree to an armistice. America and the Soviet Union
ended several wars—Japan, Afghanistan; Korea, Vietnam—without formal
peace agreements. Peace is irrelevant even for economic purposes: should
Israel become an attractive financial center, Arabs will find ways to invest
there. They have already solved the ideologically much bigger problem of
investing for interest at all, prohibited by Islamic usury laws.
Peace is important only if Israel wants to become a regional
superpower and needs an unburdened economy, stability, and good
relations with her neighbors. Even then, peace does not lead inevitably to
fully normalized relations, witness the situation with Egypt. Indeed, it is
unrealistic to expect Arabs to start treating Jews as equals or superiors after
centuries of dhimmi-ship27

and known weakness. Israel must first become
economically and culturally attractive to Arabs. Then a diplomatic solution
will follow.

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Dzimma, resident Jewish and Christian aliens in the Muslim world, generally
protected but with considerably restricted rights.

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