Republican Presidential Candidate and conservative columnist Andy Martin says that pro-Israel Republicans and the Israeli government are missing a historic opportunity to advance
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Republican Presidential Candidate Andy Martin analyzes the upheaval in the Arab world and says Americans and Israelis are missing a historic opportunity
Andy proposes that
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ANDY MARTIN ON THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION AND THE IMPACT ON
Thirty-three years ago Egyptians and Israelis made peace. To be sure it has been a “cold peace.” But it was a great peace because for a third of a century both nations managed to avoid hostilities.
Now the Egyptian people are celebrating what is likely to become a watershed event, the Egyptian Revolution. Are freedom and democracy guaranteed? Far from it. But we as Americans are a revolutionary people (just in case you forgot). We should be celebrating
But if you watch "conservative" Fox News, Sean Hannity suggests hatchet-wielding Muslims could soon be going on the rampage, chopping off arms and legs and casting the Egyptian people into a dungeon of religious extremism. The Muslim Brotherhood never had a better and bigger megaphone than Sean Hannity and Fox News.
The New York Times has been filed with downbeat reports from
Where do the Israelis live? (Hint: it’s the
On the campaign tail, Republican presidential candidates are like playful puppies, falling over each other trying to be the most pro-Israel supporter in the presidential primaries. Guess what? I am the only genuine friend
Throw a party! Celebrate! Congratulate the Egyptians. Share their joy. That’s what Israelis and Americans should be doing.
Instead, the Israeli government has gone into seclusion, as though a historic event in a neighboring nation poses a threat to peace and should be ignored.
There are so many reasons why Israelis should be celebrating. But because pro-Israel voices in the
One of my closest friends died two years ago. He was a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. They made a movie based in part on his wartime experiences (“The Ritchie Boys”). Fred gave millions for reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. He left a $50 million dollar foundation devoted to Jewish charities and Israeli support. If he were still alive, and he lives in my heart, he and I would be celebrating today.
We would be laughing at the politics of fear being spread by Fox News, supporters of
On the contrary,
Is there hostility between Arabs and Israelis? Sadly, there is. Both sides missed a great opportunity in thirty years of peace to become friends and not just signatories to a piece of paper.
The same can’t be said of
For the past sixty years American policy has been frozen because Israeli policy has been frozen, frozen behind a Maginot Line of defenses based on the illusory claim that “security” flows from the barrel of an Israeli gun. There is still a naive belief that into the endless indefinite future Israel’s young people are going to want to live in a de facto state of martial law because of the existential “threats” posed by the nation’s neighbors. But true security flows from friendship and neighborliness, not napalm.
Are there Muslim extremists? Of course there are. I will have a very ground-breaking column on this topic as soon as possible. You'll be absolutely surprised at my views. But just because there are some bad people out there in the Muslim community is no excuse to act as though every Muslim is bad or every Egyptian is bad any more than every Israeli is bad.
Just think of the psychological power that
Other than in this column, none of these ideas are being discussed. Instead, Americans and Israelis are hunkering down, fearful at the unknown, incapable of grasping a historic opportunity to ignite a democratic revolution right across the Arab world. We are addicted to our kings and dictators, addicted to dictatorship and repression masquerading as “democracy.” Even the so-called “Muslim president” is addicted to the status quo. He only grudgingly embraced the Egyptian upheaval. Clinton, Biden? Disgraceful.
We seem incapable of exploiting the power of our ideas and national history to join in solidarity with an Arab world "yearning to breathe free." Americans are rigidly tied to their Arab dictators; Israelis are neurotically dependent on their pieces of peace paper and despondent at the prospect of a free nation next door.
To watch the poorly-informed cable TV bobbleheads on Fox News you would think that freedom is a dirty word, that Egyptians are incapable of self-government. Is this a way to treat a friend? No. Is this the way to honor the “vote” by the Egyptian people to throw off the yoke of a dictator? Should we treat this seismic step as a meaningless gesture? No indeed.
Of course I have spent over forty years in and out of the
What have I leaned? Today, the Iranian people are bursting at the seams desperate to throw off the yoke of a failed theocracy and dictatorship. And they will do so. Arab dictators across the
One of the most odious things the Mubarak regime did during decades of dictatorship was to corrupt and intimidate the Egyptian judiciary. (Because I am trained as a lawyer, I always look to see how lawyers are treated by any national government.) Mubarak was afraid of his own judges. The judiciary and legal system tried to challenge his dictatorship. Mubarak crushed dissent in the Egyptian courts.
Today, unfortunately, American media are too busy raising the specter of “chop, chop” Benihana-style Muslim extremists rampaging and imposing Sharia law by cutting off peoples’ arms and legs. Perhaps it makes for more entertaining television. But we are allowing a historic opportunity to slip away.
Th reality behind the revolution is that
In the final analysis,
But nations and peoples do not live and prosper through paper documents. They come together through friendship and the common bonds of trade, travel, education, and shared opportunities and experiences. That is what is lacking.
Today Israelis have a historic opportunity to share the joy of the Egyptian people. They have a historic opportunity to make overtures for peace, to create common bonds of democracy and freedom of association. Israeli judges should be welcoming Egyptian judges into the community of free jurists. Likewise Israeli lawyers should be extending an open hand to the legal profession in
Sadly, I am the only Republican presidential candidate making these proposals. I am capable of using my decades of foreign policy experience to enhance
Like my hero, President Ronald Reagan, I have a vision of an
To my friends in the Israeli peace movement I can only say, "Let’s have a party."
As for the Obama regime? Obama &
Republicans need a leader, not a follower. My opponents are followers. I will be a leader. For peace, prosperity and American power.
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Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” www.ContrarianCommentary.com. He comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of investigative and analytical experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
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