Israeli And Arabs Conflicts | A Look Ahead A Look Behind

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Israeli and Arabs Conflicts, a conflict that has been going on since 1758, and up till now still happening History of Arab say it all

THE BITTER STRUGGLE between Arab and Israeli makes headlines almost every day. The day-to-day life of the people of the Middle East rarely is news.

Yet, as we have seen, there is much more to life in the Middle East than stories that make headlines. True, the Arab - Israeli dispute is very close for some Middle Easterners. 

  • But for many others, it is very remote.

It would be a mistake to think that all of the people of Israel live one way of life, and all of the people of the Moslem countries another. Despite the divisions of religion and politics, there is no rigid line between the two peoples. 

Yasmine, in Teheran, most certainly would have more in common with David in Tel Aviv than with Hassan in his "house of hair" in the Arabian desert. 

Abraham's father, who came to Israel from Fez in Morocco, might feel more at home with Khaled's father, who lives in Fez, than with David's father who came to Israel from Poland by way of Britain.

All Israelis are not alike. Some are religious and some aren't. Some have their roots in the Arab Middle East; some, in Eastern Europe; and some, in Western Europe and the U.S.

If this diversity is true for Israel, it is even truer for the Arab lands. Depending on where they live and how they earn their living, Arab peoples follow ways of life that are sharply different from one another.

Kuwaitis, for example, are mostly businessmen or government workers. Most Egyptians, except for those who live in the large cities, are farmers, tilling the land in almost the same manner as their ancient ancestors. 

And the Bedouins of the Arabian and Saharan deserts know little of either farming or business.

While the Arab and Ottoman empires were at their heights, most of the Arab and Moslem countries were united under a single ruler. Now that is changed.

There are many independent countries with many different kinds of governments. A few are republics; there the people elect their government officials democratically. 

Many others have far less democracy, or none at all. They may be called republics, but one and or a small group of men have all the real power.

Others are monarchies ruled by a king, sultan, sheik, or emir. He may, or may not, share some of his power with his people.

All of these differences have led to disagreements at times. In recent years many of the Arab countries have had serious quarrels with one another. 

Often the Arab republics have been at bitter odds with the Arab monarchies. But these divisions not Throughout the centuries, the peoples of the deserts, The farmlands and the towns have not mixed we'll together. 

The Bedouins have generally considered Themselves better than the fellahin and the city Arabs. Until modern times the settled people have feared the tough and warlike desert tribesmen.

Yet the Arab countries maintain a bond that differences seem able to break, These countries have a common culture and this is one of the strongest ties that can bind people together.

Culture is a term that is often used but is little understood. What does it mean? It includes people's plane' customs, the way they look at life and the world, the beliefs that they hold, their language, the way they express themselves in art and literature.

Almost all the people of the Middle East are Moslems, and their attitudes, their arts, and their customs almost all stem from Islam.

The way Middle Easterners build their houses, for example, offers only slightly from country to country even "houses of hair"  have one try. 

All the houses have been designed to keep the lives of women as private as possible and to shield the family from the eyes of strangers. 

Outside the large cities, loyalty to one's tribe is one of the most important things in life. Father who came to Israel from Poland by way of Britain.

All Israelis are not alike. Some are religious and some aren't. Some have their roots in the Arab Middle East; some, in Eastern Europe; and some, in Western Europe and the U.S.

If this diversity is true for Israel, it is even truer for the Arab lands. Depending on where they live and how they earn their living, Arab peoples follow ways of life that are sharply different from one another.

Kuwaitis, for example, are mostly businessmen or government workers. Most Egyptians, except for those who live in the large cities are farmers, tilling the land in almost the same manner as their ancient ancestors. 

And the Bedouins of the Arabian and Saharan deserts know little of either farming or business. While the Arab and Ottoman empires were at their heights, most of the Arab and Moslem countries were united under a single ruler. Now that is changed.

There are many independent countries with many different kinds of governments. A few are republics; there the people elect their government officials democratically Many others to have far less democracy or none at all. They may be called republics, but one man or a small group of men have all the real power.

Others are monarchies ruled by a king, sultan, sheik,or emir. He may, or may not, share some of his power with his people.

All of these differences have led to disagreements at times. In recent years many of the Arab countries have had serious quarrels with one another. Often the Arab republics have been at bitter odds with the Arab monarchies. 

But these divisions not throughout the centuries, the peoples of the deserts, the farmlands, and the towns have not mixed we'll together. The Bedouins have generally considered themselves better than the fellahin and the city Arabs. 

Until modern times the settled people have feared the tough and warlike desert tribesmen. Yet the Arab countries maintain a bond that no differences seem able to break, These countries have a common culture and this is one of the strongest ties that can bind people together.

Culture is a term that is often used but is little understood. What does it mean? It includes people's customs, the way they look at life and the world, the beliefs that they hold, their language, the way they express themselves in art and literature. 

Almost all the people of the Middle East are Moslems, and their attitudes, their arts, and their customs almost all stem from Islam.

The way Middle Easterners build their houses, for example, differs only slightly from country to country even "houses of hair" have one try. All the houses they have been designed to keep the lives of women as private as possible, and to shield the family from the eyes of strangers. 

Outside the large cities, loyalty to one's clan or tribe is one of the most important things in life. In some places, as in the Arabian desert, it is often more important than loyalty to government

Most Middle Easterners speak the same language, Arabic. The kind of "every-day" Arabic which Munir and Ali speak in Cairo is quite different from that which Khaled speaks in Fez. In fact, Munir and Ali would have a hard time holding a conversation with Khaled. 

But the "formal” Arabic in which all three pray - the old, "classical" Arabic in which the Koran is written - is the same. The Koran binds the three young people together. So does the Arab past, with all the Arab works of poetry, philosophy, and science which were written in the language of the Koran.

The Islamic cultural bond is one of the most important things about the Middle East. But another is the change which is now taking place in all of them. Almost everyone's life is changing, sometimes rapidly. usually slowly - but changing nevertheless. There is

something new almost everywhere. Even a single transistor radio in the most remote Arab village, even a truck on the horizon of a desert where once only bedouins and camels walked, makes a difference. The changes are coming from the West. They are bringing Western ways of working and living into the Arab lands. They are helping the people to solve problems of poverty and lack of education. 

As the Moslem lands become more prosperous - as their way of living and Israel's become more alike - the old cultural differences between Arabs and Israelis may matter less to both of them. In this way, change may bring better lives for all and a better chance for lasting peace.

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