We in the West often delude ourselves into believing that all cultures have exactly the same goals (peace, prosperity, freedom) and exactly the same values (human life, honesty, human rights). And although all of these goals and values are undoubtedly part of every human culture, not all cultures value them to the same degree that we do in the West.
Mordechai Kedar (born 1952 in Tel Aviv; Hebrew: מרדכי קידר; Arabic: مردخاي كيدار) is an Israeli scholar of Arabic literature and a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University. He holds the Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University.
Kedar is an academic expert on the Israeli Arab population. He served for twenty-five years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena.The Los Angeles Times’ Edmund Sanders described him as “one of the few Arabic-speaking Israeli pundits seen on Arabic satellite channels defending Israel”.
Mordechai Kedar’s Website
Today’s problem is that journalists and politicians talk about the Middle East in a way that pleases them and their agenda. The question is: “What is really going on in the Middle East and why is there no peace and why there won’t be peace between Israel and the Palestinians”. People who do not live in Israel and speak neither Hebrew nor Arabic are totally unable to understand. The only thing they do is drawing conclusions based on their opinion but not based on reality. In order to understand the Middle East you have to live hear and speak the languages. This is the reason why Mordechai Kedar is an absolute expert and not CNN.