How Isreal managed to keep a solid democracy in the Middle East by Abraham Reiss
There is no denying of the fact that the Middle East is mostly ruled by autocratic, oppressive, and undemocratic regimes. On the other hand, the majority of these repressive regimes were mostly founded and funded based on Israeli and American wishes. It should be noted that the most popular revolts in the Middle East have been ruthlessly crushed by American puppet regimes (whom the West often refer to by “Moderate regimes”) in the area. The regimes in Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom, Lebanon (before the civil war), Arab Gulf States, Morocco, Iran (prior to the Islamic revolution), Turkey, … etc., were all funded and directed by the United States of America; the land of the free and the home of the brave. Sadly, many of the so called “moderate regimes” are ten times more accountable to Uncle Sam than to their own public. Ironically, if democracy truly shall serve Israel’s national interests in the region, then maybe it should direct its powerful lobby in Washington, AIPAC, to start lobbying on behalf of the oppressed in the Middle East; after all promoting “democracy is the key” to a lasting peace in the Middle East?
It’s worth noting that soon after the 1948 war, the undemocratic Arab regimes were the central factor in protecting the newly emerging “Jewish state”. And any forms of organized local resistance against Israel, similar to Hizbullah’s in southern Lebanon, was ruthlessly dealt with in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Actually, many of Israel’s “moderate” Arab neighbors transplanted most Palestinian refugee camps inland away from the Israeli borders, to curb the so called Palestinian “infiltration” [ or return] back to their homes in Israel. The so called “Infiltration Problem”, which faced Israel between 1949-1955, had become the most pressing and expensive challenge to face the newly emerging “Jewish state”. In other words, it’s not the presence, but the absence of democracy that greatly serves the Israeli interests in the region, and based on that the United States has systematically shored up these unpopular regimes against the wishes of the people (i.e. the Hashemite Kings in Jordan, the Saudi Kings in Arabia, Mubarak of Egypt, Saddam Hussein in Iraq prior to the Gulf War, and the Emirates in the Gulf States), and undermined the popularly elected governments (i.e. toppling Musadiq in Iran in the early 1950s, invading Lebanon in the late 1950s, shoring up the Hashemites in Jordan in the late 1950s, and undermining Nasser in Egypt).
It’s rarely questioned, by many Israelis and Zionists, how the Jewish minority in Palestine became a majority within few months in 1948. Since the inception of Zionism, its leaders have been keen on creating a “Jewish state” based on a “Jewish majority” by mass immigration of Jews to Palestine, primarily European Jews fleeing from anti-Semitic Tsarist Russia and Nazi Germany. When a “Jewish majority” was impossible to achieve, based on Jewish immigration and natural growth, Zionist leaders (such as Ben Gurion, Moshe Sharett, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, and Chaim Weizmann) concluded that “population transfer” was the only solution to what they referred to as the “Arab Problem.” Year after year, the plan to ethnically cleanse Palestine of its indigenous people became known as the “transfer solution”. David Ben-Gurion, the first Israeli Prime Minister, eloquently articulated the “transfer solution” as the following: