Is Israel Playing Good Cop, Bad Cop With The Arab World?

by
Sameera Ehteram
On the one hand Israel is bulldozing Palestinian settlements and blatantly violating human rights, on the other it is sending humanitarian aid to its enemy Syria.

On the one hand Israel is bulldozing Palestinian settlements and blatantly violating human rights, on the other it is sending humanitarian aid to its enemy Syria.

“We’re supplying humanitarian help to residents over the border here, and are evacuating them to our hospitals. We don’t see the situation stabilizing in the near future,” said the Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon.

Seems like a case of Jekyll and Hyde. Generally, the mention of Israel stirs negative sentiments not just among the Arabs, but Muslims as a whole.

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Earlier this year, BBC World Service published poll results showed that countries have a rather low opinion of the Jewish state.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, author of Demonizing Israel and the Jews, maintains that more than 150 million adult citizens of the European Union hold a demonic view of Israel. He explains that the belief among Christians that the Jews killed God’s son is what fuels this hatred.

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Yes, people do hold Israel in the highest regard and the recent behavior its prime minister has done little to change that image.

However, one cannot overlook cases of Israel sending food and water to desperate civil war-torn Syrians near the Israeli border just a day after its troops came under fire from the other side.  

Granted that Israel has a tendency to throw tantrums and display its power, but perhaps there is some good behind the ugly façade.

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