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The jig is up.
Palestinians don’t want a Jewish state in the Middle East. Pretending otherwise is what the media, the radicals, and the Arabists do. Why Israeli and Jewish leaders played along is more a question for Freud than Marx. But barring a blitz by the peace process fog machines, the jig’s up. The cat’s out of the bag. Saeb Erekat, the chief Palestinian negotiator, when asked about Arab recognition of the Jewish state, blurted out: “No state in the world connects its national identity to a religious identity.”
Right – I guess he never heard of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Greece or Argentina. But “no Jewish state” is – finally – the public PA position.
To Western audiences, Arabs speak as though their fight is not against Jews but against Zionists. Western self-deceivers bought this only by ignoring Islam’s conception of Jews as dhimmis – and all of Islamic-Jewish history.
The reality is that in Islam, Jews (and Christians) in the Middle East are dhimmis: a “protected” “people of the Book” – monotheists with an inferior revelation, who may, when conquered, remain Jews and Christians, but only under conditions of subjugation. Most dhimmis had to live humiliated lives to express their subjugation under Islamic rule. They wore clothing that set them apart – Hitler’s yellow star was a knock-off of Islamic vestuary laws. Jews and Christians paid a head tax or lost their “protection.”
And dhimmis are “unclean:” In medieval Iran, Jews could not walk outside in the rain lest their filth wash onto Muslim feet. Dhimmis do not have political rights, certainly not the right of self-rule. Israel then is defined theologically as a state of dhimmis in rebellion against Islamic law. Period. Arafat was not an apostate; he just spoke “secular.” The ruse worked because no one wanted to think the more painful thought: it’s a problem with the most authoritative interpretation of Islamic law – Jews can’t have a state, not even an acre.
With Erakat’s statement, the Emperor is naked. The dhimmi is out of the bottle. Now, in the run-up to what looks like a disastrous PR stunt in Annapolis, Israeli negotiators may have to make Palestinian rejection of a Jewish state an issue. Glory, Hallelujah!
Incredibly, most Israelis have no idea of who they are in Arab eyes. I’ve had the stunning experience of speaking with Israelis, educated, from the upper middle class – even professors and journalists – who simply don’t know the concept of dhimmitude. Some Israelis who do understand will tell you they don’t want dhimmitude to be in the discussion, because they fear they will then have to fight the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims.
And so the pretense – until Erakat let it slip. Reality is what reality is. Now, if they want conflict resolution, Israel may have to demand the rejection by Arab leaders of the concept of the Jew as dhimmi, and therefore as precluded from having a Jewish state. Go, Condoleeza. Negotiate that!