A Moral Issue
By: Eyad El-Sarraj, MD
August 14, 2004
I admire women who care about their appearance and beauty especially if they mature and challenging time. Yet, sometimes, I am surprised, as happened recently when I saw a woman who was wearing exaggerated makeup and she had ensured that every single hair was black.
From a distant corner, she seemed to be an example of an aging woman who wishes to remain young. But when she turned around, welcoming her guests to the wedding party of her daughter, I saw a pale face behind the mask. Her eyes seemed lost.
I mumbled compliments as I felt sad for her defeat in the struggle against time. I do not know why, while looking at the woman, I thought of Israel: What is the relationship between them?
The answer that I found is that Israel at this stage, despite its power and masks, is on the edge of defeat in its struggle with time.
Similar to the uncovering of wrinkles of that aging woman, the real face of Israel, disguised for a long time with heavy makeup, is starting to be exposed.
Israel began to be exposed before the dazzled eyes of the world during the-first Intifada, when it was apparent to the observing world that Israel was not – as it claimed to be – the victim of the Arabs. Indeed it was the other-way-around.
The shock of exposure was roaring and threatening. Its soldiers could not defend it in a conflict against children and youths who had no weapons but stones, rebellious spirits, and courage. Some Israeli soldiers refused to serve in the army and were punished by imprisonment. The percentage of suicides in the army and has escalated. Voices – in Israel itself - condemning the Israeli army orders of breaking bones, demolishing homes, and killing children.
The revelation was not a stumble but was a sign of a moral decline. Before that, Israel crushed the Arab armies in 1967 and destroyed the PLO in Lebanon, while the entire world cheered. In 1988 the situation was completely different. Israel was no longer the victim. What was apparent was the extent of tyranny that Israel has inflicted upon Palestinian people.
The moral defeat of Israel was the main reason for the securing the Oslo agreement. Israel was saved by the Oslo agreement. To be fair, the PLO was saved too.
In Al Aqsa Intifada, the situation changed and Israel was able to take advantage of the 9-11 events, and join America in its war against "terrorism". Israel became surrounded by a kind of international sympathy after suicide (martyrdom) operations that killed many civilian in markets, buses, and the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Israel was able to convince its own people and many in the world that it was their right to construct a wall to protect its citizens against Palestinian 'terror'.
The Palestinian Authority was unable to manage this Intifada. Arms appeared every where. Palestinian armed organizations multiplied to the degree that it was impossible to reach a one-strategy or one-vision plan, despite good intentions and the Egyptian attempts.
Due to the deteriorating security, political, and economic situation of the Palestinian people during this Intifada, they are hit by despair and helplessness. They lost confidence in their leaders and slogans and they remained searching for security and bread. Until the decision of the International Court in The Hague was announced, causing an electric shock to the Palestinian body.
Israel was again unmasked. The court's decision turned the Palestinian question back to its original square, that is, it is a moral issue, where justice should prevail and tyranny should be defeated.
Sadly our recent moral victory may get lost, another catastrophe.
Immediately following the highly significant court decision, a bomb was exploded in Jerusalem and Palestinians were shocked to see a power struggle and obscene scandals gripping the Palestinian Authority. Who was behind the bomb in Jerusalem which literally slapped the judges on their faces? Why are Palestinians drawn into an internal fight? Why now? Why again lose a moral case?
It is unbelievably sad that such a clear moral and just case can have the worst lawyers!
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