Arab states struggle to explain why Israel is so much more successful

Over the past several months, a series of Arab commentators have sought to explain why Israel appears so far ahead of the Arab world in politics, economics, and military power.

According to translations published on Thursday by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the general consensus was that Israeli democracy gives the country this strength. In particular, the emphasis on the rule of law, the fight against corruption, and the importance of education.

Although the commentators at times engaged in racist rhetoric and smeared Israel as an “apartheid” state, they nonetheless acknowledged that Arab nations have failed in their basic responsibilities to their citizens, whereas Israel has not.

Reda Abd Al-Salam, the former governor of Egypt’s Al-Sharqiya province and a lecturer at Mansoura University in Egypt, noted, “The Arab and Muslim peoples live under regimes that for decades have engaged not in developing their peoples and establishing themselves in economy, society, science, and democracy, but in establishing their [own] rule.”

“During this time,” he continued, “those we called ‘the sons of apes and pigs’ [i.e. the Jews] engaged in real building. They focused on education, health, economy, and technology, and of course on the democratic process. So often we have heard of the imprisonment of a president or prime minister in Israel.”

“What [heights] have the sons of apes and pigs reached,” he lamented, “and where is Egypt, the greatest Arab country, mired? … Have we education, health services, or social justice?”

“If only we would stop lying to ourselves,” Al-Salam stated.

To catch up with Israel, he asserted, “Education, education, and again education is our first problem.” What Egypt needs, he said, is “universities to spread enlightenment and bring us out of our ignorance and darkness into the light of science and industry.”
Muslim countries that engage in an ancient insult such as the claim that Jews are descendants of pigs and apes are hopelessly ignorant.  If they actually believe their slurs they have no chance of ever improving their society.  Would any of them ever propose a DNA study to disprove the myth they propagate?  The lack of scientific inquiry demonstrates what is wrong with their culture.

It also goes to the heart of the corruption that plagues many Arab countries.


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