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Many events have pushed the issue of normalization with Israel to the surface, and to a heated dialogue on satellite channels and social media pages … Some of them are very important, such as the Israeli reconciliation with the countries of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and what is reported about a dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and some of them are very absurd and shallow, such as those related to the invited « Number One ».
My introduction to the topic – so that the title of the article is not misunderstood – is that Israel is a usurper state of the land and rights of the Palestinian people, and that it presents the world with a contemporary civilized face, while treating those under its occupation with a different, racist and colonial face, and that its interest was and still is in conflict with the stability and progress of the Arab nation.
Nevertheless, I do not find the prevailing and anti-Israel rhetoric and normalization with it a useful speech for our current reality, nor a persuasive speech for the younger generations, but rather I see it as an expression of despair and helplessness that contributes to stabilizing the status quo and consolidating Israeli control over the region’s resources.
The current anti-normalization rhetoric is not useful, because it offers nothing but a symbolic (or even non-symbolic) rejection of any cooperation with Israel, without offering a positive alternative, and therefore it is limited to being a reaction to what is happening on the ground, or in fact, to what is leaked from it in the media. And because it is an emotional reaction, the important and the trivial are equal. Perhaps the reaction to the normalization of music on the part of “Number One” has received more attention and popular follow-up than the Arab reconciliation agreements, because the implicit and understandable message is that protest, condemnation, and hot comments will take in all cases a week. Or two, and then the topic ends and settles on the new situations.
On the other hand, it is not a convincing speech for new generations of young people that may have inherited from their people the inherent estrangement of the Egyptians towards Israel, but do not find in the discourse against normalization any particular credibility, and that the Egyptian peace treaty with Israel was stable forty years ago, and that Arab countries Others have cooperated with Israel for many years. The conclusion of peace agreements and normalization with it is nothing but the official step that everyone awaits.
The result is that the hot anti-Israel statements – and I do not underestimate the loyalty and enthusiasm of their owners or underestimate them in any way – and the rest of the manifestations of denouncing normalization are no longer in the eyes of young people except a ritual practiced by adults, while everyone knows that it is of little use, and that is why I consider it a source of frustration and a feeling of hopelessness and weakness. .
The question that we should be preoccupied with, then, is: What can be usefully done to counter the penetration of Israeli influence in the Arab region and its control over its capabilities?
In my opinion, what is needed is a new and contemporary proposal based on realistic considerations and factors on the one hand, and useful on the other hand. On top of that comes the realization that supremacy in today’s world is not only a military capacity, but also scientific and technological progress and modernity of thinking and research, and that states gain their position and ability to influence those around them according to the strength of their economy, stability, depth and production and export capabilities, and that true civilizational superiority is what comes Possessing a manpower enjoying a modern education, an open culture, social peace, internal stability, an open political system, and a fair judicial system. In other words, the only way to confront external control and interference in internal affairs and the constant threat to the stability of the Arab region and the security of its people, whether from Israel or elsewhere, is progress in all economic, scientific, political and military fields.
In conclusion, the above must be within a contemporary intellectual framework that rejects sectarian and racist discourse, and rejects considering the Arab-Israeli conflict as a religious conflict, but rather returns it to its origin and reality, a political, economic and military struggle targeting influence, control, natural resources and economic control, not the jurisprudence between religions.
Are we reformulating our anti-normalization rhetoric in order to express reality, gain credibility, and give young people the tools required to understand and interact with the topic with contemporary language, tools and goals?
- The situation in Egypt