Egypt’s army officer told a magazine in 1953 what he would tell Hitler if the German leader still lived. “My dear Hitler, I admire you from the depths of my being.” Afterward, he said that Hitler helped “the old man Churchill and his allies, the sons of Satan,” among other things, make people split up. It doesn’t matter whether the police officer cared at all about the mass murder of Jews. He didn’t talk about it. When he became president of Egypt later, he was killed because he had made peace with the Jewish people, which led to him being killed. That’s what he was called.
A thread here, a thread there, Sadat’s bogus peace is breaking apart one thread at a time. People in Cairo are angry at the Israeli Embassy because they don’t like how it was built. Israeli and Egyptian officials have been fighting for a long time. There is no word yet on when or if the Israeli ambassador will come back.
The inside story
Both the Israeli-Egyptian peace and Israel’s friendship with Turkey are in danger. During David Ben-time Gurion’s as the first prime minister, he had a lot of contact with non-Arab countries, such as Turkey, Iran, and Ethiopia. This was called “the policy of the periphery.” However, Iran has become Israel’s most dangerous enemy, Ethiopia has faded into the background, and Turkey is on edge. According to Ankara, Israel should apologize for turning back a humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza last year, not just say they’re sorry. The accident killed nine people. People in Turkey are now following Israel’s lead.
In the Middle East, where there has been a lot of talk about upheaval, things are going backward, which is bad news for Israel. Turkish history has made it a powerful force in the region for centuries, even if it doesn’t become an Islamic republic. This is how it’s been for centuries. As a result, Iran overthrew its pro-Israel monarchy in 1979 and set up a theocracy. Egypt, the Arab world’s leader for a long time, may not lead its people. There isn’t much public support for a peace deal with Israel. Israelis aren’t given the respect they deserve, and the Jewish people are also looked down on.
Think about the letter that Sadat wrote to Hitler pretending to be from him, and then think about the letter he wrote. It had been eight years since the ovens at Auschwitz were demolished, but the rest of the world was only beginning to understand how many people were killed. An Egyptian magazine could also find these kinds of messages, but an army general who could lead the country was also there one day. In this society, the Holocaust was either a Jewish fabrication, an exaggeration, or some punishment that was right for the people who did it.
Things have changed, but not always for the better. Government-approved or approved anti-Semitism has spread through Egypt and the Arab world. To not think about the possible consequences, one would not know about history. People in Egypt used to have a lot of Jews, but Gamal Abdel Nasser and years of persecution and paranoia made them leave. There are still a lot of Jews living in Israel, which is just across the border from Egypt.
For the United States, the clock also needs to be set back. In 1948, Harry Truman only took 11 minutes to formally recognize Israel, even though some top aides didn’t like the idea. Gen. George C. Marshall was secretary of state at the time. When Truman agreed to recognize Israel, Marshall told him in person that if he did, “I’ll vote against the president. I don’t like it.” This is according to Israeli Ambassador Michael B. Oren, a history teacher. Truman didn’t move when there was a lot of danger.
They are not all true, but some of Marshall’s claims are true. In terms of resources, the Arab world has oil, geography, and a lot of people in it. Even so, the United States has a moral duty to keep up the kind of democracy it has chosen. There is no Ben-Gurion in Benjamin Netanyahu, but the Obama administration has to keep a certain level of cohesion with Israel even though Benjamin Netanyahu is not a Ben-Gurion.
Values and cultural influences don’t change very quickly in the long run. It doesn’t matter who runs the country. Sadat did this all the time to show that this was true. He was an exciting person who showed both the possibilities and limitations of human effort. He was hope, sorrow, and tragedy all at the same time. Over time, it’s clear that he has changed a lot. It’s not clear if his government has the money to do so.