Will Israel Survive? by Mitchell G. Bard

By Mitchell G. Bard

Whereas most folk view the Palestinian clash because the maximum danger to Israel's survival, it's in reality just one of the nation's long term matters. apart from terrorists trying to ruin it, Israel needs to cope with tensions among spiritual and secular Jews, the demographic matters posed through a speedy turning out to be Arab inhabitants, inner political divisions, and disputes over the water resources which are severe to its survival. within the face of those demanding situations, the country's destiny can look precarious. Bard paints a practical photograph of the line forward with a hopeful message: Israel won't in basic terms live to tell the tale, yet will undergo lengthy into the long run.

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The Dar al-harb is made up of harbis, infidels who have not accepted the supremacy of the Muslim state and the primacy of the Muslims. It is the duty, moreover, of Muslims to pursue a jihad until the whole world is either converted or subjugated. Jihad literally means “struggle,” and this struggle against nonbelievers need not be violent, but Islamists—such as the members of Hizbollah, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas—interpret it literally as a holy war. The Muslim attitude toward Jews is reflected in various verses throughout the Koran, the holy book of the Islamic faith.

According to the Koran, the Jews try to introduce corruption (5:64), have always been disobedient (5:78), and are enemies of Allah, the Prophet, and the angels (2:97–98). Still, as “People of the Book,” Jews and Christians are protected under Islamic law. The traditional concept of the dhimma (writ of protection) was extended by Muslim conquerors to Christians and Jews in exchange for their subordination to the Muslims. Peoples subjected to Muslim rule usually had a choice between death and conversion, but Jews and Christians, who adhered to the Scriptures, were allowed as dhimmis (protected persons) to practice their faith.

What is striking is that the region has not become more radicalized. Following the revolution in Iran in 1979, the fear was that fundamentalism would sweep across the Middle East, endangering oil supplies to the West and the future of Israel. Not one country around Israel, however, followed in the footsteps of Iran. It is also important to reiterate that Israel is not at war with all of Islam, only the radicals. This is evident from the peace treaties with two Muslim states and from its diplomatic relations with other majority Muslim governments in Turkey and Mauritania and its economic interests or trade offices in Morocco, Tunisia, Oman, and Qatar.

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