Considering how rare it is to read/hear common sense in the Israeli media, I was pleasantly surprised to read such common sense in the Arab media. When I replied to my friend to thank her, I wondered "out loud" about the future of the writer. "I hope they don't kill him."
OK, enough with the suspense.
Arab Spring and the Israeli enemy by Abdulateef Al-Mulhim is a very thoughtful article in the "Arab News," which is a Saudi Arabian news site. The basic theme of Abdulateef Al-Mulhim's article is that although Israel is always considered the worst enemy of the Arab world, more deaths and cruelty to Arabs is by their fellow Arabs.
The common thing among all what I saw is that the destruction and the atrocities are not done by an outside enemy. The starvation, the killings and the destruction in these Arab countries are done by the same hands that are supposed to protect and build the unity of these countries and safeguard the people of these countries. So, the question now is that who is the real enemy of the Arab world?
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.
That's true, isn't it?
Remember that Al-Mulhim is only one voice among a total population of 400 million Arabs, Wikipedia's count. So, this article doesn't mean that peace is around the corner. It's more accurate to say that it's still very lost in an enormous maze.