"Khaybar" - A Middle East Reality Check

(Commentary) Jonathan S. Tobin - The political culture of the Palestinians makes peace improbable if not impossible. If Palestinians have never found the will to recognize the legitimacy of a Jewish state no matter where its borders are drawn, it is in no small measure because doing so is viewed as treason to the general anti-Zionist cause. "Khaybar," a new blockbuster miniseries slated for broadcast throughout the Muslim world in July as part of the Ramadan holiday, tells us more about what the contemporary Arab world thinks about Jews than canned statements about peace intended for the Western press. The series centers on the historical conflict between early Muslims and Jewish tribes in the Arabian Peninsula during the Prophet's lifetime. Yusri Al-Jindy, the writer of "Khaybar," told Egypt's Al-Masry Al-Youm on Jan. 16, "The goal of the series is to expose the naked truth about the Jews and stress that they cannot be trusted." "Khaybar" has resonance with those seeking to destroy Israel because the Jewish tribes of the Medina area were conquered, treated with great cruelty, and eventually expelled from the region in the year 642. The popularity of such shows should send a chill down the backs of those who continue to argue that Palestinians and the Arab world are ready to give up their hundred-year-old war to eradicate the Jewish presence in the region.

2013-06-20 00:00:00

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