Time to Stop the hatred?
Arab Spring and the Israeli Enemy
An Arab author gets candid and practical in the Arab press. Next, might those waging war for land see the land rent solution? This 2012 article is from the Arab News, Oct 6.
by Abdulateef Al-MulhimThirty-nine years ago, on Oct. 6, 1973, the third major war between the Arabs and Israel broke out. The war lasted only 20 days. The two sides were engaged in two other major wars, in 1948 and 1967.
What was the real cost of these wars to the Arab world and its people? And the harder question that no Arab national wants to ask is: What was the real cost for not recognizing Israel in 1948 and why didn’t the Arab states spend their assets on education, health care, and the infrastructures instead of wars? But, the hardest question that no Arab national wants to hear is whether Israel is the real enemy of the Arab world and the Arab people.
A starving child in Yemen, a burned ancient Aleppo souk in Syria, the under developed Sinai in Egypt, car bombs in Iraq, and the destroyed buildings in Libya -- these are not done by an outside enemy.
The Arab world wasted hundreds of billions of dollars and lost tens of thousands of innocent lives fighting Israel, which they considered is their sworn enemy, an enemy whose existence they never recognized. The Arab world has many enemies and Israel should have been at the bottom of the list. The real enemies of the Arab world are corruption, lack of good education, lack of good health care, lack of freedom, lack of respect for the human lives, and finally, the Arab world had many dictators who used the Arab-Israeli conflict to suppress their own people. These dictators’ atrocities against their own people are far worse than all the full-scale Arab-Israeli wars.
Some Israeli soldiers attack and mistreat Palestinians. Israeli planes and tanks attack various Arab countries. But, do these attacks match the current atrocities being committed by some Arab states against their own people?
In Syria, the atrocities are beyond anybody’s imaginations. The Iraqis are the ones who are destroying their own country. Tunisia’s dictator was able to steal 13 billion dollars from the poor Tunisians.
What happened to the Arabs’ sworn enemy? Israel now has the most advanced research facilities, top universities, and advanced infrastructure. The life expectancy of the Palestinians living in Israel is far longer than many Arab states and they enjoy far better political and social freedom than many of their Arab brothers. Even the Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip enjoy more political and social rights than some places in the Arab World. Wasn’t one of the judges who sent a former Israeli president to jail is an Israeli-Palestinian?
The Arab Spring showed the world that the Palestinians are happier and in better situation than their Arab brothers who fought to liberate them from the Israelis. Now, it is time to stop the hatred and wars and start to create better living conditions for the future Arab generations.
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JJS: While animals do fight for land, they also know how to share land. For instance, in the spring, birds stake out territory for foraging but in the fall they flock together for migration. Humans, too, could settle disputes over land without killing. Instead, they could organize a system of compensation. We already know how to pay for land. All we have to do differently is pay the proper person. That’d not be the person selling or leasing a parcel of land. It’d be the people making the location valuable, which is achieved by society as a whole. The policy of paying land dues in and getting “rent” dividends back is the policy of geonomics. It makes it possible for society to eliminate counterproductive taxes and addictive subsidies and has worked wherever tried.
Editor Jeffery J. Smith runs the Forum on Geonomics and helped prepare a course for the UN on geonomics. To take the “Land Rights” course, click here .
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