Monday, December 11, 2017

Their Appeal Has Become More Selective

Despite the hand-wringing of critics, ordering the eventual move of the American embassy to Israel to Jerusalem hasn't caused the dread "Arab street" to rise up in rage. That cause is so 20th century these days.

Palestinians raged:

At least two people were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the Palestinian president said Washington could no longer be a peace broker.

But they've been raging long before this decision to move the American embassy. And good luck with finding another broker. Truly they are stupid.

And even Iran where the nutball regime keeps "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel" signs stockpiled couldn't manage more than a token rally in support of the Palestinian cause:

Hundreds of Iranians took part in rallies across the country on Friday to condemn U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision this week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, state TV reported.

Hundreds. Across the entire country. I'm not feeling the rage.

Oh, and in Hezbollah- and Iran-dominated Lebanon, there were protests and violent clashes at the American embassy.

So only Persian/Shia Iran plus two of their clients worked up any rage.

There were some other organized protests that lacked the spontaneous rage we were promised. I have no problem with protests--even in non-free countries. But the feeling just isn't there. It feels like the protesters are mostly going through the motions.

The Arab world just doesn't give a damn enough to care about the Palestinians whose rulers seem more committed to resistance than to achieving an actual state if that means accepting the continued existence of Israel:

Most Arab countries won’t care much about Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which might seem counterintuitive. The official announcement, though, comes at an important and peculiar time, when Arab regimes—particularly Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt—find themselves more aligned than ever with Israel on regional priorities.

I'm not on board the rest of the article. But the reality of this starting point is clear.

The Arab world recognizes that Iran is the real threat to them, that the Palestinians seem more like Iranian clients, and that Israel could be a real ally to resist and defeat Iran.

There may yet be bloodshed on a bigger scale in the Arab world. But if so it will be because somebody planned a puppet show and not because of spontaneous pro-Palestinian rage.

It would be funny if the puppet masters weren't hard core killers.

UPDATE: Related thoughts on the lack of rage in the Arab street.

UPDATE: Even the Palestinians are too weary to work up a lot of rage. Yes, there were some protests:

But overall the response – especially in Jerusalem – has been muted, at least in terms of physical protest.

Sadly for the Palestinian people--and I do have some limited sympathy for them--the Arab world largely supported Palestinians as a tool to destroy Israel. And Palestinian rulers took that support (which made them wealthy) and rather than trying to make a deal that got a state, got the idea that with widespread Arab support they could destroy Israel and get it all.

Now the Palestinians are radicalized with a reputation for murder and faltering support in the wider Arab and Moslem worlds.

But the Palestinian leaders will be just fine.