Cause, normalization and remote freedom fighters
In a recent TV interview, my interviewer Ammar Taqi insisted on asking me whether I was for normalizing relations with Israel based on an article I wrote a few days earlier about China and Taiwan, in which I compared the ways the Chinese treated Taiwan to that of the Arabs with Israel. In the article, I argued that although China possesses mighty powers, nuclear weapons, a population of over a billion and the fact that those who recognize Taiwan are only a handful, China never thought of invading the island of Formosa that won its independence from China in 1949, nor threatens to throw its people in the sea. It never allowed a ‘freedom fighter’ like Abu Ammar to embrace the cause then pass it down, along with millions collected in its name, to his wife in inheritance.
As usual, it is difficult to comment on part of an article. What is even harder is to comment on a comment made according to how the commentator perceived what he read. To start with, I would like to point out that I have paid several visits to Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza over the past few years. Therefore, I am talking according to firsthand experience with the changes taking place in the occupied Palestinian territories. An experience that those wishing to ‘remotely’ fight Israel until the last drop of blood in the last Palestinian child’s veins and to the last stone in a house inhabited by a wretched Palestinian family know nothing about.
The disaster about the Palestinian cause is that some politicians have been addressing our emotions and openly demanding to wage war only to make personal gains, but they would secretly confide to some people that they are incapable of achieving what they say and call for. Actual visits and mingling with the people there enables one to see for himself that destructive victories they had been declaring were cursed by Palestinian citizens who lost their houses without the least hope to restore or repair them.
Citizens who have lost family members and cannot speak about it because they would be accused of treason and executed. Those citizens wonder if that was ‘victory’, what would ‘defeat’ look like. They eventually keep silent because silence is gold.
On the other hand, due to being neighbors to our countries for long enough, the Israeli people shifted from liberalism, secularism, communism and leftism of the Israeli Labor party to supporting more radical religious parties that elect more radical leaders, making Netanyahu seem moderate compared to them. Some Israeli thinkers and politicians argue that the Israeli people lean to moderation and elect moderate parties that call from withdrawal from Palestinian territories, establish an independent state in return for having an embassy there that could be closed down at any moment or in return for a peace paper that can be annulled or torn by some angry slogan-focused leaderships.
Those Israeli peace advocates see normalization as the only alternative to shift public opinion and elect moderate parties instead of repeatedly electing radical ones that call to Judaize the state and transfer Arabs to the lands between the river and Jordan and Sinai!
— Translated by Kuwait Times