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AN­WAR SA­DAT’S HIS­TORIC VISIT TO IS­RAEL

Al-Ara­biya, Saudi Ara­bia, Novem­ber 23

I be­lieve it is our his­tor­i­cal duty to rec­og­nize An­war Sa­dat’s huge po­lit­i­cal ac­com­plish­ments and to apol­o­gize for all those Arab lead­ers who de­famed him for his ac­tions

Forty-two years ago, on the evening of Novem­ber 20, 1977, Egyp­tian pres­i­dent Muham­mad An­war Al-Sa­dat stood at the Knes­set podium to de­liver a speech demon­strat­ing his re­mark­able abil­ity to elim­i­nate Is­raeli re­sis­tance to peace and the restora­tion of Arab land oc­cu­pied by Is­rael in the 1973 war. In my es­ti­ma­tion, this un­prece­dented step could only have been reached by a self-con­fi­dent fighter will­ing to make great sac­ri­fices for his coun­try and his na­tion.

Sa­dat’s bold per­son­al­ity was ex­actly that. It was the same vi­sion and con­vic­tion that pushed him, dur­ing the 1940s, to re­sist the Bri­tish oc­cu­pa­tion of Egypt – mak­ing him lose his ca­reer as an army of­fi­cer. With his his­toric visit, Sa­dat was able to achieve a huge po­lit­i­cal gain by break­ing many bar­ri­ers that pre­vented the Is­raelis from re­spond­ing to calls for peace and with­drawal from the oc­cu­pied Arab land in the Si­nai Penin­sula, Golan Heights and West Bank. He also helped Is­raelis over­come their mis­trust of out­siders, specif­i­cally their in­her­ent fear of, and hos­til­ity to, Arab na­tions.

After all these years, I be­lieve it’s our his­tor­i­cal duty to rec­og­nize Sa­dat’s huge po­lit­i­cal ac­com­plish­ments and to apol­o­gize for all those Arab lead­ers – in places like Iraq, Libya and Syria – who de­famed him for his ac­tions. These lead­ers waged a harsh cam­paign against Sa­dat and, in do­ing so, pre­vented other Arab na­tions from fol­low­ing in his foot­steps and seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity to lib­er­ate all the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­to­ries through ne­go­ti­a­tions. Sa­dat’s speech ended the po­lit­i­cal stale­mate im­posed by the Is­raelis, with US sup­port after the 1973 war, and shook the ex­pan­sion­ist con­cepts that were im­planted in the mind of Me­nachem Be­gin, founder of the ex­trem­ist-minded Likud Party, who claimed in 1967 that “Si­nai is an or­ganic part of the Land of Is­rael.”

Pres­i­dent Sa­dat was the veteran Arab fighter who suc­cess­fully led the Oc­to­ber mil­i­tary bat­tle in 1973. But he was also un­afraid to fight for peace by mak­ing risky po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions that oth­ers crit­i­cized at the time. Now, through the per­spec­tive of his­tory, we know he was right. It is time to give Sa­dat the re­spect this great leader de­serves. – Ibrahim Al-Bahrawi

HEZBOL­LAH IS BRING­ING DOWN LE­BANON’S FI­NAN­CIAL SYS­TEM

Nida Al-Watan, Le­banon, Novem­ber 25

Hezbol­lah leader Has­san Nas­ral­lah was not joking when he threat­ened that if Iran was at­tacked, Hezbol­lah would be ready to set the en­tire re­gion on fire in its de­fense. But now a new kind of war is be­ing waged by Wash­ing­ton against Tehran: an eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial one re­volv­ing around sanc­tions and which has proven to be less ef­fec­tive than a tra­di­tional war. Since an­nounc­ing its with­drawal from the [2015] nu­clear deal, the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion has im­posed suc­ces­sive eco­nomic sanc­tions on both Iran and Hezbol­lah.

From the very first mo­ment, Tehran re­al­ized that the bat­tle would be un­con­ven­tional, harsh and long, and that pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures had to be taken, no­tably the re­duc­tion of Hezbol­lah’s re­liance on Ira­nian money. This ne­ces­si­tated try­ing to se­cure al­ter­na­tive sources of fund­ing for Nas­ral­lah, and at this point, the game be­came clear to him as well. Just like he’s done so many times in the past, Nas­ral­lah re­sponded by do­ing what he does best: hide be­hind civil­ians. Hezbol­lah it­self be­gan hid­ing be­hind the peo­ple of Le­banon and their banks, fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and econ­omy. Hezbol­lah mem­bers of par­lia­ment took it upon them­selves to ob­struct any at­tempt to reform the econ­omy.

Mean­while, Hezbol­lah mem­bers upped their il­le­gal smug­gling of goods into the coun­try while cir­cum­vent­ing the for­mal bank­ing sys­tem. It is for this rea­son that Hezbol­lah re­fuses to ca­pit­u­late to the peo­ple’s de­mand to form a tech­no­cratic gov­ern­ment that would pro­tect the Le­banese na­tional in­ter­est. In­stead, it seeks to take the coun­try and its econ­omy hostage in the Ira­nian-Amer­i­can con­fronta­tion, even at the cost of a com­plete col­lapse of the Le­banese fi­nan­cial, bank­ing and eco­nomic sys­tem!

Sim­ply put, all Le­banese peo­ple pay the price for Hezbol­lah’s de­ci­sion to en­gage in a con­fronta­tion with the United States from Le­banon in the ser­vice of Iran. This crazy ad­ven­tur­ism is com­ing at the ex­pense of the Le­banese peo­ple’s liveli­hoods, sav­ings and fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity. Cer­tainly, those who have de­clared their readi­ness to ig­nite the en­tire re­gion, in­clud­ing Le­banon, in de­fense of Iran will not hes­i­tate to de­stroy Le­banon’s econ­omy and fi­nan­cial sys­tem in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial war in an at­tempt to defend the mul­lah regime!

(Wikimedia Com­mons)

EGYP­TIAN PRES­I­DENT An­war Sa­dat (left) and prime min­is­ter Me­nachem Be­gin deep in con­ver­sa­tion at Jerusalem’s King David Ho­tel.

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