Israel News | Zionism Israel Center | Zionism History | Zionism Definitions | ZioNation | Forum | Zionism FAQ | Maps| Edit

Friday, May 18, 2007

Gilad Sharon asks a good question

Gilad Sharon asks a good question. Why does Egypt hate us? 
He writes:
The Egyptian press and the anti-Semitic cartoons published in it, as well as the curricula in schools, also reflect hatred. In Israel, this is received with forgiveness and delicacy; they are so sensitive, the Egyptians. We wouldn't want to insult them.
A better question, is why doesn't Israel insist on enforcing the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, which forbids incitement such as he describes? If we don't care, how can we blame the Egyptians? The Egyptian press has published articles that claim Hitler was right, and didn't finish his work. This is not only against the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. It is a violation of the international convention on genocide. Every year in October, the Egyptian government celebrates a victory holiday, commemorating its Yom Kippur war "victory." This is accompanied by vulgar incitement: cartoons of Egyptian superman trampling Jew-caricatures and the like. Israel doesn't protest against any of this, doesn't raise the issue. Israel does not demand compensation for the property of Jews expelled from Egypt in 1954 either.
If we do not defend our rights, if we have no respect for ourselves, how can we expect others to do so?
Egypt hates us because we allow ourselves to appear despicable to them.
Ami Isseroff
By Gilad Sharon

Israel signed a peace treaty with Egypt, Egypt got all of Sinai and Israel is not threatening Egypt. What is the reason, then, for all the hatred and enmity, the arms smuggling and all the other bitterness Egypt is feeding us?
Let us suppose that weapons and ammunition were regularly being smuggled from the city of Eilat into Egypt, and used there in terror actions. Would anyone believe that Israel was not capable of dealing with the problem? Is what we are seeing haplessness and impotence on Egypt's part - or is it vile behavior and an intentional effort to stoke terror? Even though the first elements do exist in Egypt, in this case what we are seeing is intentional.
Such smuggling, or should we say weapons shipments, cannot occur without the knowledge and encouragement of Egyptian intelligence. Much testimony has been gathered that states that at the time of the recent explosion of tunnels beneath the Philadelphi Route, reverberations were heard on the Egyptian side, close to security forces' bases.
The hatred for Israel in Egypt is not limited to the masses. The lawyer of Israeli Azzam Azzam, a Druze man accused a decade ago of spying for Israel, has been boycotted by the Egyptian Bar Association, which purports to be an enlightened organization that represents knowledge and progress. But lo and behold, its position is that it was forbidden even to represent the Israeli. In Israel, every murderer - even the most despicable - has legal representation. But within the circles of Egypt's intelligentsia, it is prohibited to represent an Israeli.
The Egyptian press and the anti-Semitic cartoons published in it, as well as the curricula in schools, also reflect hatred. In Israel, this is received with forgiveness and delicacy; they are so sensitive, the Egyptians. We wouldn't want to insult them.
Egypt allows despicable terrorists like Hamas' Khaled Meshal to move about in its territory - terrorists whose arrest Israel would demand of any country, and indeed any properly run country would indeed arrest them. But in dictatorships like Egypt or Syria, he is allowed to move around freely. And we don't even protest this.
What feeds this hatred? Perhaps there is no acceptance by Egyptians of our right to live here in security. Otherwise, it is hard to explain why they are always the most hostile toward Israel in the Arab League and at the United Nations, and in the pressure they apply to Muslim countries not to establish ties with Israel. It is hard to explain Egypt's extensive military acquisitions, a country without enemies and with grave domestic problems. Why does it need an army like that? And why does that army carry out training maneuvers based on hostile scenarios vis-a-vis Israel? Why do Egyptians make it difficult to evacuate Israelis who are injured in Sinai in terror attacks or accidents?
This attitude does not come from identification with the Palestinians because such things were evident even in 2000, when in Israel there were people who were ready to give the Palestinians everything and they simply were not prepared to take it. Peace is a good thing, and certainly it is preferable to the alternative, but let us admit that apart from the smuggling of weapons, drugs and prostitutes, we have not received anything from Egypt.
Twice Egypt lost Sinai to Israel - once for a short while and once for a longer period. This was because of Egyptian aggression, and the support and encouragement the country gave the Palestinians. Now the Egyptians are sending materiel in, which is the fuel for the terror that is spilling our blood. Will they never learn?
Even if people read these remarks in Egypt, their intention will be misunderstood: Instead of Egyptians saying to themselves, maybe we will stop supporting harm to innocent people - they will take them as an insult. Too bad. Because that isn't the intention.
The author is a farmer and businessman, and a son of former prime minister Ariel Sharon.

Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.


Post a Comment

<< Home

Subscribe to
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by

Feedblitz subcription
To this Blog only

You can receive our articles by e-mail. For a free subscription, please enter your e-mail address:

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Web Logs & Sites

This Site

Zionism & Israel
Zionation Web Log
IMO Web Log (Dutch)

ZI Group
Zionism-Israel Pages
Israël-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Israƫl in de Media
MidEastWeb Middle East News and Views
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log

Brave Zionism
Israel: Like this, as if
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog

Friends and Partners
EinNews Israel
Israel Facts
Israel Proud Adam Holland
Middle East Analysis
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Middle East Analysis
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israel Facts (NL)
Cynthia's Israel Adventure
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Meretz USA Weblog
Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
Simply Jews
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
Sharona's Week
Z-Word Blog
Jewish State
Take A Pen - Israel Advocacy
Zionism on the Web
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Southern Wolf
Peace With Realism
Sanda's Place
Liberal for Israel
Realistic Dove
Blue Truth
Point of no Return
Christians Standing With Israel
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog

Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism & the creation of Israel
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Christian Zionism Resources
Christian Zionism
Albert Einstein
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Zionist Quotes
Six Day War
Jew Hatred
Learn Hebrew
Arab-Israeli Conflict
International Zionism

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Israel Boycott
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War
Boycott Israel?
Dutch Newspaper Reporting: A Study of NRC Handelsblad
Hamas (Dutch)
Dries van Agt (Dutch)
Isfake lobby

At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum

Judaica & Israel Gifts
Jewish Gifts: Judaica:
Ahava Products

Powered by Blogger

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]

RSS V 1.0

International Affairs Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory