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The revelations by WikiLeaks regarding the behindthe- scenes views and contacts
between Israelis and Arabs are really much of a shocker. In fact, almost
everything I have read only underscores what I always believed. The Arab world
is ruled by dictators who don’t really care about their people or
These dictators are concerned about all the things that kings
and tyrants spend their time on: power, money and fun.
have been holding secret meetings with the Arab governments since the 1947-49
war, from meetings with King Abdullah of Jordan, who was assassinated in 1951,
to the wealthy dictator of Qatar, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.
of this can give us comfort, though. In fact, WikiLeaks really confirms our
worst fears. Everything we have always suspected about the Arab world is
Publicly, Arab leaders’ incendiary rhetoric against Israel preaches
resistance and “steadfastness” to the Palestinians.
But privately, they
set aside the venom and share tea and crumpets with the Israelis. They speak
from both sides of their sheesha pipes, on the one hand blasting Israel for the
public, on the other privately showing that they don’t believe a word they are
telling said public Fascinating.
A real shocker might have been to read
that an Arab leader told the Israelis in private what he says so often in
public. But that would take courage – not a characteristic of Arab
Bombast and phoniness have been the way Arab dictators,
monarchs, kings, queens (not in a generic sense) and tyrants conduct themselves
in public, turning into spineless creatures of selfish pleasure in
WikiLeaks further “disclosed” that the Arabs fear Iran as much
or perhaps more than Israel. Wow. Isn’t that why Saddam Hussein, when he was an
American-funded dictator, led the failed war against Iran for 10 years? There
didn’t need to be a document reporting that very few Arab leaders spend time
schmoozing with Iran’s little dictator.
To the Arabs, a nuclear-armed
Iran is more frightening than a nuclear-armed Israel.
In some ways, Arab
governments are much like American administrations. Both will tolerate
dictatorship as long as the dictators are their friends. In these cases, Arabs
have high tolerance for themselves and each other.
WIKILEAKS ALSO shows
the Arabs are not beyond their paranoia. Many are convinced that WikiLeaks is a
Zionist plot to strengthen the Israeli drive to destroy Iran’s ayatollah-run
nuclear-wielding government. You can read it in many of the columns now being
published in the Arab media, especially those not under government
Of course, the theory is far more comforting to accept than the
truth that Iran is a dictatorship that brutalizes its people.
the WikiLeaks documents show that Arab world leaders are all talk and little
I was also really hoping for something more exciting from
WikiLeaks, like the confirmation of many of the rumors I have heard over the
For example, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who you would think would
love to curl his fingers around a juicy clump of lamb and rice mensiff, instead
spoons chunks of matza and soup with the finesse of a British
Or, maybe that Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
isn’t really racist, but thinks that acting like he has a special bone to pick
with Arabs makes him a tougherlooking government official.
disappointing is that in a massive leak of documents like this, there is usually
some reference to a sexual or naughty nature.
You mean to tell me that
none of the Arab dictators who met with Kadima leader Tzipi Livni offered to
make her a part of their harems that they pretend no longer exist? I like her.
I’d make her my fourth wife.The writer is an award-winning columnist and
Chicago radio talk show host. www.YallaPeace.com.