By Benjamin Netanyahu
This exam of the center East's afflicted background strains the origins, improvement and politics of Israel's dating with the Arab global and the West. It argues that peace with the Palestinians will go away Israel prone to Iraq and Iran.
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In the first place the patriarchate of Antioch was no monarchy: where Cyril ruled his subjects directly in the manner of 67 Whither Antiquity? The Near-Eastern provinces Pharaoh, John of Antioch inherited the city kings in the shape of insubordinate metropolitans. In the second place the diocese had no armies: where Cyril could recruit solid phalanxes of Coptic monks, John of Antioch could at the most have raised stylite guerrillas or appealed to barbarian intervention. 189 It is therefore not surprising that an alliance between a native monkhood and a Greek patriarchate, such as constituted the Coptic church in Egypt, should have failed to come through in Syria.
In the first place the Syrian nazirite, for all his rejection of the imperial world, was a product of the imperial culture exactly as were Syria and the 5uryane. He thus had sophisticated cultural resources at his disposal, and where Coptic peasants could only turn Ephesus into a robber council by a kind of intellectual jacquerie, Rabbula could present his obscurantism for a learned audience in Constantinople. 225 In the second place, the nazirite differed from the imperial culture, for all his being a product of it, in having a solid anchorage in the province.
But for those who were in need of one, it meant that the Christian exile on earth became terrifyingly concrete: if the Jews had the Jahiliyya and heaven the Jerusalem, there was nothing left for the Syrians but to prepare and wait for death. Meanwhile, of course, one might attempt to circumvent the problem by insisting on the fundamental irrelevance of genealogy: Greeks are no better than barbarians, for all descend from Adam; 16 7Attic is no better than other languages, for they all say the same;168 Hellenism is no better than other rultures, for they were all equally inventive.