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Samson Blinded

Samson Blinded

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Instead of unwittingly uniting the Arabs into a common enemy,
Israel should divide them. The first step would be to stop using the word
Arab in the media and replace it with Palestinian. Israel should treat other
Arabs better than she treats Palestinians. Current policy is the opposite.
Israel gives Palestinians visa-free entry, labor permits, and a common
market. She should cooperate with distant Muslim nations like Bangladesh
and Pakistan who might be lured into collaboration if offered control of the
Islamic shrines in Jerusalem. Israel could stir up conflict among Muslims
by agreeing to transfer the administration of Islamic shrines to a
representative body of all Islamic countries, including the non-Arab ones.
That would channel the discussion away from religion and onto the political
plane.

Central Asia’s oil and gas reserves position it as new Saudi Arabia,
a gravity center of the Islamic world. Untainted with supporting foreign
terrorism, in need of help to counter the terrorists at home, less xenophobic,
these countries are better partners for the West than Arabs. Rising
nationalism need not deter the West: it is a viable alternative to Islamism.
Israel has no quarrel with the Turkish and Persian peoples of Central Asia
who are in any case less politically active than other Muslims. Israel needs
to secure the cooperation of rulers, not of entire nations. The West and
Israel have a chance to influence former Soviet Muslim states which are
almost entirely secular after years of communist rule and now apt to

the U.S. But a strong economy is the most important factor in gaining
international respect.

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The Russians soon killed almost all their officers who participated in joint

studies.

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embrace either Islamic or Western culture. Their governments need
political and military assistance to deal with local, but foreign supported,
Islamic insurgents and agitators. Israel could be either an American or a
Russian proxy; the choice is hers. Russia would offer less money but more
obsolete arms, which Israel could pass to her clients; America, more
political support and cultural attraction. America recognizes Russian
interests in the region, so Israel might want to side with Russia. Israel needs
closer relations with Russia and therefore with France anyway,109

and
Central Asia presents a good opportunity for cooperation. Turkey, with
which Israel extensively cooperates in military affairs, also has vested
interests in those countries and would welcome further Israeli involvement,
especially since joint expansion there with Israel would mean United States
license for extending Turkish influence—about which Washington is
hesitant.

Unlike Arab Egypt, Persian Iran cannot dominate Dar al-Islam on
its own, though it strives to, and offers an opportunity for balance of power
politics. America cannot keep its assistance secret, and France would be too
proud of the rapprochement to hide it. Iran will prefer Israel for clandestine
aid. Arrogant Persians look down on Arabs, and Iran is more open to the
West than other large Middle East countries, including Egypt. Persians,
unlike Arabs, are long post-nomadic, have some work ethic, respect
education and property, and thus are poised for economic advance. They
were historically friendly to Jews. Iran without fundamentalists, a
development possible soon, might be Israel’s best Muslim friend.
Israel should support Arab insurgents. The Middle East, many
mini-states fighting one another with limited military resources, may be a
safe place for Israel. She could become their arbiter and when after
prolonged internal strife the region achieves unification, Israel would be an
integral part of the political landscape, respected instead of suspected.
The mirror image of Middle East “Afghanization,” states
disintegrating into a web of warring clans, would be the proliferation of
anti-Israel terrorist groups harbored by local warlords. Strong Arab
governments are better equipped to suppress terrorists, but the combined
pressures of democratization and fundamentalism will likely dismantle the
current Arab regimes or weaken them so they will not be able to suppress
terrorist support. With the Arab states failing, Israel could strike at terrorist
bases lacking effective sovereign protection.

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Israel’s shift to the United States during Kissinger’s administration alienated
France and prompted it to forge closer ties with Islamic states. Israel’s move was
unnecessarily direct and offensive to France which had supported Israel for many
years. Current good relations with Germany could help Israeli rapprochement with
France. Otherwise, EU would further tie up with Palestinians, replacing the Soviet
sponsor and inhibiting Israeli retaliation.

Samson Blinded: A Machiavellian Perspective on the Middle East Conflict

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Arab regimes and fundamentalist clerics use anti-Israeli rhetoric to
identify their domestic opponents’ progressive views with the Israeli
agenda or Western culture in general. Calling domestic opponents a fifth
column was a standard tactic in the U.S.S.R. Such accusations are
impossible to disprove, and Israel must learn to use them. After the
U.S.S.R. accused hordes of innocent people of imperialist conspiracy, their
successors cozied up to the Western powers and in fact established the
rapprochement they were earlier falsely accused of. Israel, acting through
European proxies, should contact Arab dissidents: the Shiites, the few
moderate Islamists, democratizers of any hue, even socialists, and offer
international fraternal assistance.
Fighting Israel is the Arabs’ only military goal today. Israel should
offer them other targets. She could sponsor a Christian state in Lebanon.
Syria, which does not want to see Lebanon become a rival Muslim state,
would support the idea, and Syria’s Christians would welcome a Christian
state nearby. Such a state could not be absorbed into Greater (Muslim)
Syria and would check Syrian expansionism. Or Israel could stir up
Christian-Muslim hostilities throughout the Middle East, and then pose as
arbiter. She could incite Christian radicals to attack Muslim shrines to
retaliate for Islamic terrorist attacks in the West. Yet another option is to
support the Shia minority and the Kurds who are genetically close to Jews.

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