Palestinians? Who cares!
Op-ed: Mideast upheaval shatters myth, Arab-Israeli conflict unrelated to region’s troubles
For some 100 years, the following was considered an undisputed fact: The Arab-Israeli conflict is the “father of all Mideastern conflicts.” Should it be “resolved,” the world thought, we shall see cosmic tranquility descending upon the entire region. Mounds of “research” were written about this conflict, inflating to the point of becoming a bubble threatening to explode.
Arab masses were fooled
Yet then came the Arab Spring, the Arab public was given a way to express itself for the first time in its history, and suddenly it turned out that Israel is far away and not too relevant. Besides, what does the real Arab distress have to do with Israel at all? The Arabs realized that in many ways their tyrannical rulers deceived them via an imaginary Israel.
Even if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict resumes in the future, it will merely constitute one conflict among many in the Middle East, rather than the “father of all conflicts” as it was perceived in the past. Israel, which was perceived as a demon, is returning to its natural dimensions in the region: A small country, not the most influential, but much more legitimate and integrated in the region than in the past.