Many confuse our support for our neighbor the State of Israel in ways that are contrary to Syrian, Arab, or even Muslim interests. Theirs is either a simple logic or a cunning misinformation campaign with the aim of discrediting the work of TFS. There are very good reasons, we listed below, why we believe Israel is a regional blessing.
Our hope is to set the record straight on this issue without the obligation to explain ourselves to anyone.
IMPORTANT FACTORS WHY WE ADMIRE ISRAEL
- If an Arab feels strongly about democratic values, their contribution must come in a form to test those values. If democracy is your top priority, then Israel, a democracy, is an extension of your hopes for your own country.
- When the same Arab feels strongly about eradicating nepotism and corruption to be replaced with accountability and transparency, then they should look to those countries it can emulate. Israeli democracy has proven over and over again that no Israeli politician stands above its laws. The truth always comes out when it faces corrupt politicians. Not so in our world of foolish resistance.
- If an Arab feels strongly about economic self-sufficiency rather than their dependency on a geographic coincidence, then they must see that Israeli highly skilled labor and capacity to retain brain power is an example we, Arabs, need to learn from. Not one Arab scientist finds any Arab country’s universities capable of satisfying the thirst of their curiosity. Or capable of sustaining their learning and research.
ISRAEL IS A REGIONAL BLESSING IN OUR MIDST
- If an Arab feels strongly that the priorities of their own country displace the priorities of other Arab countries, then the Palestinian Cause is less important than the Syrian Cause. This means one fights for their own country first rather than fight for others. This makes Israel a country to partner with, not battle against. Each Arab Cause takes precedence over the Causes of others.
- When an Arab feels strongly about peace as a priority to achieve economic parity and prosperity, then peace with our neighbors necessitates that we also make peace with Israel, our neighbor to the south; regardless of what religion dictates. Religion is a spiritual concept and a covenant between one’s existence and their makers. Islam does not put food on anyone’s table.
- If an Arab feels strongly about terrorism, then it is imperative to partner with those who make a living out of self-preservation by fighting terror and violence. This includes working with the Israelis, the Jordanians, the Moroccans, and all peaceful countries.
PRAGMATISM, NOT MUSLIM RELIGION, SHOULD DICTATE ARAB POLITICS
We base our convictions towards Israel on realism and pragmatism.
True we admire what Israel achieved in over 75 years of existence (who could not), but we don’t want Israel to be better than Syria. Or Syrians to be an under-privileged class of citizens the way they are today. We want Syrians to learn how Israel got to be so successful in such a short period of time. We do so by striking peace with Israel to learn from the Israelis.
It’s because we love America and Syria that we feel about Israel the way we do. It is because we love America and Syria that we want to co-exist with Israel and to learn from each other for a better future for our children.
Besides this pragmatic position, there is a humanitarian side to our admiration and compassion as well.
Who can forget the ovens at Dachau the way we are certain many Israelis will never forget Assad’s gassing of Syrian women and children in Syria. Israel has worked tirelessly, behind the scenes, to rid the region of chemical weapons. For their sake and ours too.
Who can forget the humanitarian aid Israel provided to injured Syrians when they crossed its border seeking hospital care.