If Arabs could see in Israel not a Zionist oppressor but the region’s most successful economy, a modern state built in 65 years, they would pose themselves the right questions about openness, innovation and progress. Israel, in turn, by getting out of the business of occupation and oppression, could ensure its future as a Jewish and democratic state.
That was Roger Cohen.
This is me:
If the world could see in Palestinianism an extension of Islamist oppression, continuing to destablize the region as well as subjugate its own population, seeking to establish a state predicated on inventivity, they could then pose the right questions about openness, innovation and progress as well as fundamentalism, terror and political and cultural tyranny. By successfully recognizing who is in the business of occupation and oppression, the entire region, as well as many Muslims the world round, could have their future as a democratic society assured.