Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Meanwhile In The Arab World...

18 of the Twelfth Month (Beth) 5771

Reports, like the one below, always seem to come up, right when we Jews are glued to the Internet, television, or radio, waiting for any bit of detailed information to come along regarding something much more, immediately pressing in our lives, today's terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

We must try not to overlook such stories, for they, too, play a significance in our lives.

I am reprinting the entire article here, something which I almost never do, as I believe it to be worth the read.

While we Jews are focused on investigating, cleaning up, mourning, and getting angry about the second terrorist attack in the couple of weeks, there is tension in the Arab world.

Along side the cheering over the "successful" terror attack today in Jerusalem, and old thorn in the Arabs' side continues to rear its ugly head.

Why is this significant to us?

As we Jews in Israel become increasingly frustrated with our government's lack of sufficient action against our enemies, the Arabs may end up saving our proverbial tuchus (back side), yet again. In other words, we save parts of our homeland from being auctioned off, not because we have been standing up and saying, no, it's not for sale. But, rather it has been the Arabs who haven't like the various deals the Israeli government has been offering them.

Years, Baraq offered Arafat over 90 percent of Yehuda & Shomron (Judea & Samaria). But he would not take the deal, because Jerusalem was not on the table.

Abbas caught wind of a "temporary borders" plan in works from Prime Minister Netanyahu, and he gave it a resounding "NO!"

Now, Arabs may [eventually] get so caught up in their Sunni-Shi'ite conflict, they may not have the resources to focus as much on us. I smell a burgeoning Caliphate in the works, and someone will have to rule it. My guess is that it will be the Sunnis, of course. But, the Shi'ite will not be taking that lying down.

There is a catch, though. They may still be able to use Israel as an excuse for a temporary alliance.

how long will we Jews "luck out" (have God intervene for us through the Arabs), before we take matters into our own hands, and finally do what needs to be done to maintain an Israel which is safe for Jews?

Let's not wait too long.... You never know when it will be the last time the Arabs will be bailing us out, by sticking to their principles. Sunni-Shiite Tensions Impact Relations Across Mideast Region

Gavriel Queenann, 18 Adar II 5771/March 23, 2011

Growing tensions between the oil-rich Sunni-ruled Arab countries and Shi'ite Iran, which is Persian and not Arab, continue to affect relationships throughout the Middle East, Reuters reports.

Following sharp criticism of Bahrain's harsh crackdown on mainly Shi'ite demonstrators last week by Iranian-proxy Hizbullah in Lebanon, the small island kingdom issues a travel advisory for its citizens instructing them not to visit Lebanon "for their own safety."

"Due to the threats and interference that Bahrain has faced from terrorist elements, it warns and advises its nationals not to travel to Lebanon because of the dangers they may face that may affect their safety, and it advises nationals in Lebanon to leave immediately," Bahrain's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The crackdown on anti-government protesters came after Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa declared a state of emergency and requested Saudi soldiers, attached to the Gulf Cooperative Council's Peninsula Shield force, to help in suppressing mass protests that threatened his regime in the tiny island kingdom.

The crackdown inspired sympathy protests in nations with Shi'ite populations, including Lebanon, where Hizbullah's leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah accused Arab states of what he described as hypocrisy for backing Bahrain's rulers while supporting the rebels in Libya.

Following Nasrallah's comments, Lebanese residents in Bahrain who were abroad found themselves banned from returning to the island Kingdom. The Lebanese ex-patriot community in Bahrain, who issued a statement distancing themselves from Nasrallah's position, is about 1,500 strong.

The ferocity of the crackdown, which banned protests, imposed martial law and called in forces from Bahrain's fellow Sunni-ruled neighbors, has shocked the more than 60 percent of Bahrainis who are Shi'ites, most of whom are campaigning for reforms leading to a constitutional monarchy.

However, calls by some hardliners for the overthrow Bahrain's monarch have alarmed the nation's Sunnis, who believe such a move serves Iran's revolutionary machinations in the region. For its part, Iran, which backs Shi'ite revolutionary proxies in Iraq and Lebanon, complained to the United Nations and has begun a campaign urging Saudi Arabia to withdraw its troops from Bahrain.

In response, Bahrain withdrew its senior diplomats from Tehran as a sign of protest.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, whose nation has become increasingly cozy with Iran in recent years, said in a joint news conference in Ankara Tuesday with Bahrain's foreign minister, said, "It is very important that the civilian population is protected and that the civilian population and security forces do not confront one another ... A sectarian clash would harm the intense process of change in the region."

Meanwhile, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said: "Foreign forces are only there to protect state organs" and would be there for a "very limited" time.

Western nations, heavily reliant on the six oil-exporting members of the GCC who control half of the world's oil reserves, have issued canned responses without taking a firm position on the crackdown in Bahrain – or the involvement of foreign troops therein.

England's David Cameron said Bahrain's approach "needs to be based on the principle of reform to address the legitimate aspirations of the people of Bahrain."

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