Why the Great Final Arab War Against Israel will fail

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

When it comes to Jewish Israel, Arab politics is only about hate. That hate is so great that, even today, Fatah and Hamas (Israel's supposed 'peace partners') continue to protest that Israel has no right to exist (Itamar Marcus, Nan Jacques Zilberdik, "Fatah leader: Fatah and Hamas agree Israel has no right to exist", palwatch, April 21, 2017).

Jew-hating Arabs have been talking about the violent destruction of the Jewish community in Israel since at least 1920, when the soon-to-become Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, began instigating anti-Jew violence in the-then Jewish Palestine (Edy Cohen, "How the Mufti of Jerusalem created the permanent problem of Palestinian violence", thetower, November 2015).  He was anti-Jew, anti-Jewish nationalism and pro-violence against all Jews in Palestine (ibid).

His Jew-hate has left a legacy. That "legacy of anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism...remains an enduring element of Palestinian and Arab politics" (Jeffrey Herf, "Hal Amin al-Husseini, the Nazis and the Holocaust", jcpa,org, January 5, 2016). Because of that legacy, Arab leaders still echo his anti-Semitic rhetoric 43 years after his death. His vitriol set the standard for Arab political attitudes towards Israel. His hatred is still the main nutrient that feeds 'Palestinianism'—the drive to replace Israel with an Arab ‘Palestine’.

Today, there is no one like al-Husseini on the Arab stage. This is why the Great Final Arab War against Israel stagnates. There's no one to step into his shoes.

Yassar Arafat was close, but too interested in dealing with Westerners who didn't share Husseini's vitriol. Mahmoud Abbas is not in the same league as Arafat. He clearly isn't in the same league as Husseini.

Hizbollah's Nasrallah in Lebanon, however, is another matter. Unlike so many others in the Palestinian Authority, he's got a truly vicious anti-Semitic resume. Like al-Husseini, he breathes 'hate-Israel'. He's got the potential to become al-Husseini's replacement. But he lacks one important characteristic: he’s not 'Palestinian'.  

'Palestinians' will not start their Great Final War Against Israel with a non-'Palestinian' leader. They’re too tribal to do that: they won’t tolerate an ‘outsider’.  

Among 'Palestinians', then, Hamas remains most loyal to al-Husseini's Jew-hate. Hamas loves that hate. Just read the Hamas Charter.

Within Hamas, Marwan Barghouti seems the leading candidate to step into al-Husseini's shoes. He's got the resume: a mass killer of Jews and a vitriolic anti-Semitism; best of all, he's a hero to 'Palestinians'.

But if he's the main man right now, he's got a problem. He's in an Israeli prison. He’s not likely to get out anytime soon.

Many share the dream to step into his shoes. But that won't be easy. Anyone in Hamas who aspires to replace al-Husseini has to survive long enough in the Hamas hierarchy to grab power. This will be difficult. The competition is tough and the competitors are ruthless enough to kill their political 'foes'.

These are not civilized people. They are barbarians. Each is willing to kill his way up the ladder. The struggle to lead could get all potential Hamas leaders murdered, thereby emasculating Hamas forever.

Haj Amin al-Husseini no doubt thought he'd created a winner when he stoked Jew-hate. What he didn't account for was the consequence of such hate—a kind of ideological/emotional cancer that always poisons its own before it destroys its enemy.

That’s the ultimate tragedy. Hate consumes the hater.

Hate will not be the reason 'Palestinianism' wins. It will be the reason it fails.