What If Arabs Had Recognized the State of Israel in 1948?

(Arab News-Saudi Arabia) Abdulateef al-Mulhim - If Israel was recognized in 1948, then the Palestinians would have been able to free themselves from the hollow promises of some Arab dictators who kept telling them that the refugees would be back in their homes and all Arab lands will be liberated and Israel will be sent to the bottom of the sea. Some Arab leaders used the Palestinians for their own agenda to suppress their own people and to stay in power. Since 1948, if an Arab politician wanted to be the hero and the leader of the Arab world, then he has a very easy way to do it. He just shouts as loud as he can about the intention to destroy Israel, without mobilizing one soldier. Now, the Palestinians are on their own. Each Arab country is busy with its own crisis. For now, the Arab countries have put the Palestinian-Israeli conflict on hold. The writer is a commodore (ret.) in the Royal Saudi Navy.

2011-03-21 00:00:00

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