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The Arab defeat known as the Setback

It has been 48 years since the Arab armies, i.e. the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian armies, were defeated by the Israeli army that occupied Sinai, Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem in six days. This is ten times the amount of Palestinian land it occupied in 1948. It was a harsh blow and a heavy defeat on every military and political level, especially since the prevalent impression amongst the Arab nations was that Israel would be erased from existence and would be thrown into the sea, as their inspirational leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser said to them. He threatened Israel with a war he was not prepared for, and his loyal media outlets took his words and spread them. He even congratulated the fish in the sea on the big meal they were about to receive.

The Arab public was prepared for the return of beloved Palestine into the Arab lap. They all stayed awake on the night of 5 June, waiting for the Egyptian forces to enter Tel Aviv, especially since it heard Voice of the Arabs (Sawt Al-Arab) radio reporting the fall of dozens of Israeli planes. Arabs tuned into this radio station, which completely misguided them and brainwashed them, leading them into a life of delusions, lies and falsehoods. They woke up to the bitter truth; a miserable defeat Israel never dreamed of achieving in such a disgraceful manner, causing humiliation to the Arab armies. The political leadership, i.e. Gamal Abdel Nasser, had no other choice than to admit defeat, but he downplayed it and called it a setback instead.

In a cheap theatrical act aimed at playing on the emotions of the people, Abdel Nasser announced he was stepping down as president of Egypt in order to join the community as an ordinary citizen. On 9 June, the people got in their cars and drove to Cairo to chant and cheer for Abdel Nasser and beg him to stay in power. Even Umm Kulthum, the Star of the East, sang to him, telling him to stay and that he was loved by the people. Abdel Nasser got what he wanted; the people forgave him and asked him to continue on his path (his path of defeats and mistakes) instead of holding him accountable and prosecuting him for the defeat that lost us Jerusalem and the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque.

It is weird that all of the governments that cause the 1967 defeat are still ruling their countries. The Egyptian government, which is a government stemming from the military institution represented by Gamal Abdel Nasser, is still ruling Egypt and overthrew the first elected president in Egypt's history by means of a coup. In Syria, the Baathist Al-Assad regime, embodied by his murderous son, Bashar Al-Assad, is still ruling the country. Meanwhile, in Jordan, the treacherous Al-Hussein regime is ruling by means of his son Abdullah.

When the Arab revolutions erupted in 2011 against these corrupt regimes that are spies for the West and the Zionists, the regimes fought the revolutions and thwarted them in order to stop the Arab citizens from being liberated and to stop Palestine from being liberated. Palestine cannot be liberated and its land cannot be regained until the Arab nations are freed from their oppressors; their disloyal and double-crossing leaders who were placed on their thrones to rule their countries by Israel.

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

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