“Peace” with Egypt and Israel’s Useful Idiots
by PAUL EIDELBERG
One of the shortcomings of democratic politicians is their short-term pragmatism. Muslim Arabs have a different conception of time. They think in terms of decades and generations, if not in terms of eternity.
Ties that blind.
To those who speculate about the war that may erupt between Egypt and Israel, it may be instructive to recall what the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat said before, and after, he signed the March 26, 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
In an interview with al-Anwar on June 22, 1975, Sadat said, “The effort of our generation is to return to the 1967 borders. Afterward the next generation will carry the responsibility.”1
A year after signing the March 26, 1979 peace treaty with Israel, Sadat ominously declared: “Despite the present differences with the Arab ‘rejectionist’ rulers over the Egyptian peace initiative, the fact remains that these differences are only tactical not strategic, temporary not permanent.”2
In a New York Times interview dated October 19, 1980, Sadat boasted: “Poor Menachem [Begin], he has his problems … After all, I got back … the Sinai and the Alma oil fields, and what has Menachem got? A piece of paper.”
Anyone interested in Sadat’s Strategy may consult my book with that title (Hebrew, 1978; English 1979), sections of which were read as a warning to the Knesset by the late MK Moshe Shamir (of course to no avail).
What is more, the present writer warned Mr. Begin face-to-face about Sadat’s stategy two days before the wishful thinking Prime Minister left in September 1978 for the Camp David Summit Meeting with Anwar Sadat and President Jimmy Carter.
One of the shortcomings of democratic politicians is their short-term pragmatism. Muslim Arabs have a different conception of time. They think in terms of decades and generations, if not in terms of eternity. Democratic politicians think only of the next election. That’s why so many are party hacks, not statesmen.
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By the way, Sadat gained the Sinai and its 15 billion dollar infrastucture without firing a single shot. In contrast, Yitzchak Rabin signed the Israel-PLO agreement, in consequence of which thousands of Jewish men, women, and children were murdered by PLO terrorists. And if that were not enough Jewish bloodshed for which mindless Israeli prime ministers are responsible, another of such useful idiots has endorsed the creation of a Muslim/Arab Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, thus threatening the lives of 350,000 more Jews, if not the lives of six million more.
But what else else can the State of Israel produce besides useful idiots and technicians, when the political and intellectual elites of this regime know virtually nothing of the Hebraic Republic of antiquity, which both Catholic and Protestant philosophers deemed the wisest and most just on earth—a Republic whose Hebraic ideas enriched the curriculum of colonial American colleges and thus enlarged and elevated the mentality of America’s Founding Fathers?
1 See Y. Harkabi, Arab Strategies and Israel’s Response (New York: Free Press, 1977), p. 55.
2 The Egyptian Gazette (Cairo), April 16, 1980. See also Paul Eidelberg, Sadat’s Strategy (Montreal: Dawn, 1979), pp. 78-80, for more explicit statements of Sadat’s objectives vis-à-vis Israel.