Normalization as an Answer to Israel’s Existential Crisis

Tuesday 25 August 202012:03 pm

When we refer to significant civilizations like Sumerians, Pharaohs, Persians, or Incas there are thousands if not millions of archaeological findings to back up their glorious past, so how come there is no categorical evidence of the existence of the Kingdom of Israel under David and Solomon despite the Jewish state’s best effort to dig endless layers of excavations that will soon reach the inner core of the earth? The answer is quite evident; either the presumed biblical temple is a mythological account, or they are simply looking in the wrong land all together. The matter becomes more disconcerting when the ethos of Israel is constructed around Old Testament tales of an extended major kingdom that supposedly existed starting 13 century B.C in Palestine.

The Normalization between United Arab Emirates and Israel, in this sense, is not mere regularization of economic and diplomatic relations, but the public irrefutable acknowledgment of the imaginary founding myths behind the state they decide to recognize. It also de facto rebukes the historical presence of Arab people who have been stressing since 1948 that Israel is Zionist foreign occupation. Even further, it is an implicit confession that everything UAE have been defending as a state since the seventies was a fraud, or they have discovered some transcendental truth since that is still to be revealed.

The normalization between UAE and Israel under the auspices of USA offers the Jewish state the ultimate cover-up to the vexing reality of over 70 years of crumbling pits and trenches that testify to fruitless digging to justify Israel's founding myths

The history of Arab militancy against the Hebrew state has mainly been driven by pan-Arabism and pan-Islamism or complex border conflicts, all characterized by sentimentalism and very little rationality due to several embarrassing facts. First, the Quran is clearly obsessed by Banu Israel and makes them a central theme of the holy book of Muslims and their end of days eschatological opponent, which makes it delicate to refute the biblical covenant between Abraham and Yahweh without criticizing Islamic orthodox foundations. Second and foremost, most neighboring Arab countries are newly founded nation states that struggle to give meaning to their own national identity, including the 1971 founded UAE that is 12 years younger than my own mother.

Hitting Archeological Rock Bottom

Thus far, there are no conclusive archeological proofs that patriarchs Abraham, Moses, or Solomon ever existed. While traditional archeologists like Albright and Wright devotedly tried to defend the holy scriptures despite their fragmented and non-chronological accounts, more scientifically grounded  researchers called Biblical minimalists such as Thompson and Davies argue that the Old Testament is rather the mythological work of ideologues who concocted it between the 5th and 2nd centuries B.C. Israel Finkelstein, who excavated for decades at the ruins of Megiddo and the author of highly controversial book The Bible Unearthed, suggests that “some scholars are completely deaf and blind and they don’t accept the inevitable and very clear evidence.”

Few Arab researchers with a more critical approach advanced some radical yet interesting theories. For example, Iraqi anthropologist Fadel al-Rubai in his magnum opus “The Imagined Palestine: Land of the Torah in Old Yemen” claims that Abraham migrated within the Arab peninsula and that the Exodus occurred between another Misr and Urshalim situated in ancient Yemen. He backed up his hypothesis with astonishingly matching geographical and historical facts about the kingdoms of Israel (Saba') and Judah (Ḥaymar).

Positioning #Iran as the new nemesis marks the beginning of an era that has been building up where it’s the revival of the classical dichotomy of Arab against 'Ajam' rather than the outshined Arabs against Israel and that is the real #Deal_of_the_Century

Meanwhile, Khozaal Majedi, specialist in ancient civilizations explains through his work that most biblical scriptures were inspired from earlier Sumerian and Babylonian myths and epics and that there is no evidence of Jewish presence in Egypt besides a very vague mention of the Israelites – as people not country – in the famous Merneptah Stele dated to about 1206 B.C. Maybe the most provocative Arab academic on the topic was the late Lebanese  professor George Saliba, who answered anti-Semitic accusations at Columbia University by saying  "Abraham was as stranger and a sojourner in my neighborhood”. Other more bold Arab and western researchers are pointing at northwest Saudi Arabia, more precisely Jabal Al-Lawz as being the accurate Mt. Sinai of the Torah.

The recent normalization between UAE and Israel under the auspices of the United States offers the Hebraic state the ultimate cover-up to the vexing reality of over 70 years of crumbling pits and trenches that testify of fruitless digging to justify its founding myths. Israel was reaching an archeological dead end that amplifies its existential crisis after failing to unearth any major findings that would justify its presence in the region. Many Arab countries were maintaining secret relations with their “Jewish cousin” like a mistress that everyone knows about, but no one dares to mention openly. With this new step, Abu Dhabi is sealing this relationship with a legal marriage that would test the ground for many more countries.

Finding Solomon’s temple or even the Ark of the Covenant with intact law tablets will no longer matter after the recognition of Israel by some of its richest and most powerful extended neighbors that are focused on an ancient new opponent. The invention of a new nemesis in the person of Iran marks the beginning of a new era that has been slowly building up where it’s the revival of the classical dichotomy of 'Arab against 'Ajam rather than the outshined Arabs against Israel and that is the real "deal of the century".

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