Welcome to SnyderTalk!
The United States Can’t Buy Peace in the Middle East
Since the Camp David Accords were signed in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, the United States has been attempting to buy peace between Israel and her Arab neighbors, but the Arab Spring has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that that strategy is fatally flawed. It’s time to rethink our approach, and it’s time to hold Arab leaders accountable for producing results that will last. Absent significant change, there will be no peace, and U.S. taxpayers will continue footing the bill for Israel’s neighbors while they rally their forces to attack her.
In a recent article for INSS Insights, a publication of The Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, Brigadier General (Res) Udi Dekel and Tel Aviv University Vice President Orit Perlov shed revealing light on the mood of the Arab Street. Their findings contradict the story being told to the Western media by Arab leaders:
“The basic worldview prevalent among those who are active on the social networks is that the Israeli government is the primary negative element affecting most of the ills of the Middle East, whether directly or indirectly. At the same time, these days the intense hatred is reserved for President Assad, the Iranian leadership, and Hizbollah. In tandem, the complete and total loss of faith in the reigning Arab leaderships, including that of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, is prominent; they are assigned responsibility for the region’s problems, failures, and negative events, sometimes no less so than Israel. As a result, the violent energy and frustration are often directed inwards rather than at Israel. The criticism voiced outwardly, especially against Israel, and the links between internal and external problems are dominated by the Islamic movements; the liberal groups are less active in this respect.
At times the obsessive preoccupation with Israel, stemming from the view that it is involved in every matter, also has some positive aspects, stemming from Israel’s image of success combined with its military and economic might. This leads to the demand that Israel be open to what happens in the Arab world, take constructive steps, and contribute towards changing the face of the region. Those who are active on the social networks expect that in Israel too there will soon be a change from within and therefore they prefer to maintain contact via people-to-people channels as a substitute for official Israel, which is deemed untrustworthy. This expectation targets the population of Israel directly. There is a willingness to hold a conversation through the new media and hope that the citizens of Israel will generate a change in this part of the world.”
The Arab Spring unleashed forces that have proven to be impossible to contain, and contrary to mainstream media reports, Arabs regard their political and religious leaders as the primary culprits who are responsible for their poor economic condition. That’s true for Arabs in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel’s neighboring countries.
Ordinary Arab citizens haven’t given the Israeli government a free pass, but they tend to see Israel as a force for positive change in the Middle East as much as they see her as the enemy. That seems strange given the fact that Arabs are taught from birth almost as a rite of passage that Jews in general and Israel in particular are responsible for every problem faced by Arab society including shark attacks off the coast of Sharm el-Sheikh, a resort town on the Southern coast of the Sinai Peninsula.
With Israel-Palestinian peace talks in the offing, it’s time for a dramatic change in U.S. strategy. Neither Hamas nor Fatah are regarded by Palestinians as being up to the task of governing. In fact, both political parties are seen as corrupt to the core. For example, the Palestinian Authority announced last weekend that it has spent nearly $7 billion in Gaza since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007:
“The billions of dollars that the Palestinian Authority claims it has spent over the past five years – all from Europe and the United States – should have transformed the Gaza Strip into the Middle East’s Singapore. These huge funds should have ended the suffering of the 1.5 million residents of the Gaza Strip. But despite all the billions of dollars that have poured into the area, the Gaza Strip remains a base for jihadists and various terror groups. Even worse, the funds have done virtually nothing to solve the severe problem of unemployment and poverty in the Gaza Strip.”
The money pouring into Gaza isn’t helping to improve the quality of life for ordinary Palestinians. Thus, there is good reason to question the wisdom of trying to buy peace while despotic rulers use our hard-earned tax dollars to line their pockets, live lifestyles that are typically reserved for the rich and famous, and funnel money into terrorist organizations that routinely attack Israel. Logic and common sense suggest that there must be a better approach.
The same is true in Egypt. Islamists have taken control of the Egyptian government and have let it be known that they see Israel as the enemy. They even threatened to abrogate the Camp David Accords if the U.S. reneges on its promise to supply humanitarian and military aid to Egypt without regard for how the Egyptian government uses our support:
“El-Erian [Essam El-Erian, chairman of the Egyptian parliament’s foreign affairs committee] told the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat that the US needs to understand that ‘what was acceptable before the revolution [the Arab Spring in Egypt] is no longer,’ and that should the aid provisions outlined in the treaty be modified, it could open the door to further changes in the agreement.”
Interestingly, a recent Gallup poll found that “71 percent of Egyptians are opposed to US economic aid, and that 74 percent oppose direct US aid to Egyptian civil society organizations.” This finding, too, calls into question the U.S. strategy of trying to buy peace in the Middle East.
As we approach the 2012 election, we need to insist that President Obama and the contenders for the GOP presidential nomination outline a plan for peace in the Middle East that represents a radical departure from status quo. Pouring money into Gaza and Egypt, for example, in hopes of achieving peace is no more effective than pouring money into welfare in hopes of weaning welfare recipients off of government support. That approach simply doesn’t work, and we can’t afford it.
This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker on March 27, 2012.
To see other SnyderTalk editorials, click here.
“For here we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”
Email Distribution List:
I have created an email distribution list that I use to notify people when I post a new SnyderTalk. If you would like to be on that list, send your email address to email@example.com, and put “add me to your distribution list” in the subject line. If you know others who are interested in SnyderTalk content, tell them to send me their email address, and I’ll put them on the list.
Jeremiah 50: 28-31
“There is a sound of fugitives and refugees from the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of Yahweh our God, vengeance for His temple. Summon many against Babylon, all those who bend the bow: encamp against her on every side, let there be no escape. Repay her according to her work; according to all that she has done, so do to her; for she has become arrogant against Yahweh, against the Holy One of Israel. Therefore her young men will fall in her streets, and all her men of war will be silenced in that day,” declares Yahweh. “Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one,” declares Yahweh Elohim Sabaoth, “for your day has come, the time when I will punish you.”
- God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
- “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
- “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
Hosea 4: 6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming. Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days. Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall. Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace. With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
Top 5 diggtm articles yesterday:
- Broccoli and Bad Faith
- Pesticides linked to honeybee decline
- Koch brothers linked to $3.6M anti-Obama gas price ad
- Santorum denies calling Obama the n-word
- Break Up The Big Banks, Says the Dallas Fed
The Jerusalem Post:
- Clinton: Iran talks due in Istanbul on April 13-14
- Zoabi in Jaffa: Israel is pushing Arab Israelis out
- Denmark: Groups rally against Muslims in Europe
- ‘Abbas perpetrating political terror against Israel’
- ‘Deficit shouldn’t be increased to boost defense’
- Syria says revolt over, pummels opposition
- Yacimovich announces plan to run for PM
- ‘iEngage’ aims to make Israel a Jewish value
- Organizers: Global March to J’lem reached goals
- ‘Mossad has scaled back covert ops inside Iran’
- Inside Man: Behind Tehran’s ‘electronic curtain’
- ‘Israel yet to make decision on ME nuclear summit’
- A profile of Toulouse killer Merah
- Israeli-built robots shoot for US competition
- Assad regime won’t back down before opposition, says Syrian Foreign Ministry
- Report: Israel’s Mossad scales back covert operations in Iran
- Ex-Argentina president to stand trial for obstructing investigation into Jewish center attack
- Israel praises Argentina for reinvestigating Jewish community center bombing
- Australia joins list of countries warning against Israeli strike on Iran
- Jerusalem-style mauling
- As Israelis consume more seafood, Mediterranean and Kinneret produce less
- Obama administration seeks coordinated Gulf strategy on Iran and Syria
- Some 33 killed in Syria, as Annan urges peace plan implementation
- One Palestinian protester killed, dozens arrested and wounded in IDF clashes on Land Day
- Palestinian protesters marking Land Day clash with IDF soldiers in Jerusalem and West Bank
- Drunk driver kills 20-year-old in northern Israel, claims he was fleeing a fight
- Why Tzipi Livni failed to win Israelis over
- PLO, Hamas Urge Participation in Land Day Protest
- Palestinian Who Stabbed IDF Soldier in Jerusalem Says He Was Inspired by Radical Arab Media
- Generational Change in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force: Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi
- Assad’s New Scam
- The Annan Plan Will Bring More Violence
- Russia Stares Down the West on Syria
- The Palestinians’ Confidence-Destroying Behavior
- EU rebuke masks ongoing divisions on Israel
- After France killings, EU Parliament observes one-minute silence
- Israel’s Secret Staging Ground
- The New Anti-Semitism
What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- “Massive” Credit Card Breach of Estimated 10 Million Accounts: Where Are Those …
- Will growth keep the stock rally going?
- Obama Risks Higher Oil Prices From The Iran Embargo
- JetBlue crew will stay quiet about Las Vegas incident
- Groupon Admits More Accounting Errors
- Texas jury slaps $195 million penalty on TaxMasters, CEO Cox
- Is it time to join the gold rush?
- Flare on leaking oil platform extinguished, energy firm says
- SC jobless rate falls for seventh straight month
- Italy’s Monti seeks Chinese investment, says reforms working
- Cuts may be coming soon to Yahoo
- Mali coup: Britons warned to leave country
- Saudi meeting, Iran sanctions coincidence, US official says
- Syria says revolt over, but army still shooting
- Blasts kill nine in southern Thailand
- Myanmar set for historic by-polls
- Power restored to cruise ship hit by engine fire off Indonesia
- Yemen Army Clashes With Al-Qaeda Leave at Least 30 Dead
- French police holding 17 suspected Muslim radicals
- Osama bin Laden widow tells of life on the run
- New Iran talks may focus on higher-grade atom work
- Exiled monks: 2 Tibetans are the latest to burn themselves in protest against …
- Hungary’s Schmitt won’t quit over plagarism
- Sudan team arrives in Ethiopia for crisis talks
- Justice Breyer on Obamacare: ‘I Haven’t Read Every Word of That, I Promise’
- Gingrich Proposes ‘Personal Social Security Savings Account’ in Georgetown Speech
- Obama Moves on New Iran Sanctions
- Keith Olbermann’s Firing at Current TV Could Be his Ruin or his Salvation
- Kansas, Illinois, Maryland tickets share record $640 million Mega …
- Trayvon Martin’s brother sticks up for him
- Presidential race has become two-man: Romney versus Obama
- Obama urges Congress to pass ‘Buffett Rule’
- Congress Gets Rough Treatment at Supreme Court
- More charges for man accused of Congress threats
- Campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee admits $7-million theft
- Dems, GOP woo unmarried women voters
- Vitter cleared by Senate for blocking Salazar pay increase
- Huff Po Lawsuit Tossed
- Volunteers search for missing Northern California girl, 15
- Caroline Glick: The State Department’s Jerusalem Syndrome
- WaPo Editorial: U.N. covers for murder
- WaPo Editorial: Union bullying in Montgomery County
- Kathleen Parker: Fear and blood in Florida
- David Ignatius: The health-care revolution
- George Will: Batter up! An opening-day quiz
- Mark Penn: Will Obamacare defeat Obama?
- Henry Kissinger: A new intervention doctrine?
- John Ransom: You are Invited to Occupy the Job-Killing, Wealth-Robbing EPA Mafia
- John C. Goodman: Mandates Vs. Free-Riders
- Kathryn Lopez: War-on-Women Rhetoric a Smokescreen
- Daniel J. Mitchell: E.J. Dionne Forgets that America Is a Constitutional Republic
- Bob Beauprez: Chu: Not the Brightest Bulb in the Administration’s Lamp
- Jerry Bowyer: Gold, Money Creation, and the Monetization of Debt
- George Friedman: The United States in Korea: A Strategy of Inertia
- Bobby Schindler: Drinking the Pro-Death Kool-Aid
- Carl Horowitz: Occupy Wall Street: Springboard For SEIU Organizing
- Steve Deace: Obama Makes the Case For His Own Defeat
- Mike Shedlock: Michael Pettis Challenges The Economist to a Bet on China
- The early line on Mitt Romney’s ‘veepstakes’
- Obama and Romney trade shots as campaign shifts to general election
- In urban political shift, Democratic mayors challenge teachers unions
- White House sees more pain for Iran as it clears way for further sanctions
- A winning Mega Millions ticket sold in Maryland, lottery official says
- At Current TV: Olbermann out, Spitzer in
- Data breach puts credit card users at risk
- Milwaukee mayor will challenge Walker in recall
- China cracks down on Web sites over rumors
- Wall Street ends best 1Q since 1998
- Panel recommends publication of ‘bird flu’ papers
- Bin Laden in Pakistan for 9 years, widow says
- FDA rejects petition to ban BPA from containers
- Army reprimands reservist over Ron Paul rally
Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- On Restoring American Individualism
- Racism Is for Losers
- Fisker’s Bad Karma
- State of Construction: The Best and Worst (Mostly Worst)
- The Future and Fears of Cyber-Warfare
- Health Care Reform Legislation Revisited
- The Values of Pericles
- Regulations Govern Our Lives – Then Send Us The Bill
- Obama Stoking Racial Warfare Flames?
- Politics Sucks the Energy Out
- Happy Hour Links
- On the Left, the Obamacare Debate Continues
- G.E.’s Immelt Is Not Backing Romney
- Wisconsin Gubernatorial Recall Election Set for June 5
- Who Will Romney Pick to Be His Running Mate?
- Mass. GOP: Warren Wrong on Energy
If you haven’t been there already, you should take the opportunity to visit Natural Healthcare Store. Each product selected for sale at Natural Healthcare Store undergoes rigorous research to make sure that it is the highest quality at an affordable price.
Natural Healthcare Store carries skin care, hair care, and oral care products. Be sure to check out the Dead Sea products imported from Israel and support the Israeli economy with your purchases. Natural Healthcare Store carries makeup, deodorant, and detoxification products. It also carries supplements, weight loss products, and loose leaf tea. Rounding out its product mix, Natural Healthcare Store carries natural household cleaning products.
Katie and I believe strongly in healthy living, and we use the products. We’re proud to say that our daughter Melanie owns the store.
- Obama’s most improved alliance
- Starting to worry
- A country in denial
- When it comes to the economy, the French are dozing
- US winner for $640m lottery draw
- Syria links troop withdrawal to ‘peace’
- US to tighten squeeze on Iran oil
- China arrests over coup rumours
- Dead stars ‘to guide spacecraft’
- Deadly blasts in Thailand’s south
- Japanese PM defends death penalty
- Turkish MPs fight over school law
- US credit firms in breach warning
- Argentina’s Menem in bomb trial
- Spain unveils austerity budget
- Mali rebels seize desert capital
- US and Saudis step-up regime change rhetoric in Syria
- Bomb attacks kill 8, injure 70 in South Thailand (PHOTOS)
- US dollar dead? NY has its say
- Australia calls WikiLeaks ‘irresponsible,’ delays Assange-related cables publication
- Afghan massacre investigation blocked by US – lawyer
- Minority report: Era of total surveillance zooms-in on US?
- Chinese president, Cambodian King hold talks
- Hu starts visit to Cambodia
- Backgrounder: Basic facts about Cambodia
- Syria pledges to safeguard reforms
- Battle to bring down Syria over: official
- Assad tours Homs, Syrian state TV reports
- Websites closed, six detained for spreading rumors
- Obama: enough oil supply for more sanctions on Iran
- U.S. study forges link between depression, sleep apnea
- Apple’s Tim Cook tops list of highest rated CEOs in U.S.
- Mali junta leader confirms fall of northern town
- Olbermann: The Day the Muzak Died
- The Blue Social Model is Running Out of Money
- Holder Charges Kidnapping Solicitation of White Supremacist, Not New Black Panthers
- Betrayal Glorified: The Bizarre Jewish Movement to Destroy Israel by Pretending to Save It
- Giving Karzai Aid and a 20 Percent Profit
- Predictably, Land Day Protests Turn Violent
- Syria’s Chemical Weapons: A Motivation for an Israeli Strike on Iran
- Sen. Richard Blumenthal: ‘Nice Supreme Court You’ve Got There’
- Swingin’ Kennedy
- There Obama Goes Again
- Why Can’t Olbermann Find Happiness? Why? WHY?!?!
- Gingrich, Paul, and Santorum Agree to Texas GOP Debate
- State Dept Wont Recognize Jerusalem As Capital Of Israel
- How could democracy change Burma?
- One-minute World News
- Falkland Islands 30 years on
- Inside Gaddafi ‘Millionaire’ mansion
“The scales at my doctor’s office said I weighed 201 when I began drinking the B-Skinny coffee. Today, four weeks later, my scales said I weigh 188. I love this stuff.” Pat Parks
- Take the B-Fit with the Boresha 90-Day B-Fit Challenge
- NuvoGene Tea Now Available!
- Chocolate Crème Protein Shake
- Sweet Berry Meal Replacement Shake
- Rough Justice for Keith Olbermann
- Confusing Liberty With Coercion
- Can the GOP Gain Ground With Hispanics?
- German SPD Youth Group Calls for Attack on Iran if Sanctions Fail
- Rep. Ryan Wrong to Question Generals?
- Administration Iran Leakfest Means Obama’s Tough Stance is Just Talk
- Hot Mic Attack Ad: You Only Run Twice
- Obama’s Presidency Is Now Changed
- Paul Ryan’s Timely Endorsement
- Demolishing Peter Beinart’s Book
If You Voted for Obama in 2008 to Prove You’re Not a Racist, You Need to Vote for Someone Else in 2012 to Prove You’re Not an Idiot explains why voters in the United States need to elect someone besides Barack Obama to lead them. Whoever is elected President of the United States in 2012 will have to contend with the monumental problems that Obama’s misguided policies have caused both at home and abroad. One thing is certain, though. It should not be Barack Obama. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.