Thursday, August 3, 2017

What Saudi Arabia can contribute to deescalating tensions

Sar Shalom

Jonathan Tobin has an excellent article this week in Israel Hayom on why the moderate Muslim states are more beholden to the radicals on the street than they have influence over them. However, there is one thing that they could do that would counter the narrative that drives the street radicals. That would be to promote the teachings of Ibn Taymiyya regarding Jerusalem.

This should be natural for Saudi Arabia because Ibn Taymiyya is the unassailable authority for Saudi Arabia on everything else. However, politically, the Saudi government might not be able to promote Ibn Taymiyya's views on Jerusalem at this point. However, if individual Saudi clerics were to do so, the government could plausibly deny any role in calling for yielding on Jerusalem. Would it be worth asking those who conduct discreet talks with the Saudis to ask them to green light imams to write about Ibn Taymiyya's views of Jerusalem, using the same language that Ibn Taymiyya used for today's Muslim visitors to Al Aqsa and the Dome of the Rock?

5 comments:

  1. I don't see how it could hurt.

    But as you may know, I am exceedingly wary of any resolution of hostilities that requires a negotiated agreement at this point.

    That is sad to say, isn't it?

    Nevertheless, given the history of the last 80 years since the Peel Commission, I fail to see the likelihood of a standing negotiated agreement.

    Daniel Pipes may have the right idea.

    Victory.

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    1. I'm not suggesting resolution, just incremental improvement. Create some license to question Jerusalem's importance to Islam.

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  2. Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    “When Jews complain about anti-Semitism or anti-Zionism,
    they are often made to feel that they are oversensitive.”

    SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 3, page 83) published in year 1991 by Little Brown & Co ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374
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    Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    “But more always seems to be demanded of the Jewish nation and of the Jewish people than of others. Jews, unlike other groups, are expected to be in the forefront of defending the rights of their sworn enemies.”

    SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 5, page 170) published in year 1991 by Little Brown & Co ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374
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    Harvard Law Professor Alan M. Dershowitz said:

    “I refuse to bend over backward to single out Israel – or other things Jewish – for super-scrutiny. I refuse to gloat, as so many in academia and the media seem to, over Israel’s shortcomings.”

    SOURCE: Chutzpah by Alan M. Dershowitz (chapter 7, page 211) published in year 1991 by Little Brown & Co ISBN: 9780316181372 ISBN: 0316181374
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    Jews Are the Eternal Enemies of Muslims
    Regardless of the Occupation of Palestine
    :
    From MEMRI TV dot org * 2011 June 12


    www.youtube.com/watch?v=baS7PRiXcV4

    PS: I suggest that you copy this video to your computer, before Muslims can get it deleted from YouTube.
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    New York Times Erases Israel from Map:

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-nyt-erases-israel-from-map.html

    http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-postnyt-vs-israel.html
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    How to Convict the New York Times
    of Unfair Bias Against Israel:


    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/11/guest-post-how-to-convict-new-york-times.html
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    Why Israel’s 1967 Borders are Undefendable:

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/03/guest-post-why-1967-borders-are-suicide.html
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    Why Muslims Hate Jews:

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-why-muslims-hate-jews.html

    http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/03/guest-post-famous-last-words.html

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/01/guest-post-forgotten-oppression.html
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    Ancient Roman historians connected Jews with the Land of Israel:

    http://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2016/05/guest-post-cornelius-tacticus.html

    https://shilohmusings.blogspot.com/2017/02/guest-post-josephus-vs-muslim-liars.html
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  3. I believe Saudi Arabia finds itself in the position of Ancien Regime whereas ISIS, al Shabab, Hezbollah, Hamas, PLO are seen as populist movements 'draining the swamp' as it were. I doubt very much the Saudis can effect any change in that regardless of their academic and political history. At best, the Arab mind doesn't negotiate - it appeases temporarily until the situation again falls in their favor. Paperwork, treaties, etc are worthless. Moreover the Saudis I suspect value their own ownership and preeminence with Mecca and Medina to every give more than a tacit nod to this imaginary '3rd most holy site...'. That would only be at their own expense.

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    1. "Moreover the Saudis I suspect value their own ownership and preeminence with Mecca and Medina ..."

      Wouldn't that only provide more reason for them to promote questioning of Jerusalem having any sanctity to Islam?

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