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The “Sushi” is Heating Up

by Mordechai Kedar

Among scholars of the Middle East, the term “sushi” is used as a
shorthand for the expression, “Sunni-Shi’a”. Anyone interested in the
history of Islam knows that the seeds of the Sunni-Shi’a conflict were
planted the moment that Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, closed his
eyes forever in the year 632 CE, without leaving a mechanism for
choosing a successor to lead the nation. The conflict that developed
as a result, has become an open, bloody battle over the years, and it
has been a thread in the fabric of Islamic history throughout all of
its 1400 years. This conflict has facets on many levels: personal,
familial, political and religious. The battle between the two factions
of Islam is “for the whole pot”, and it continues to this very day.

In modern times, attempts have been made to bridge over the conflict
and to find common ground between the factions of Islam in order to
create a sense of calm between the factions, on the basis of which it
will be possible to manage states such as Iraq, Syria and Lebanon,
where the two factions live side by side, Shi’ites and Sunnis, in one
state. Even the Egyptian Sheikh Dr. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who is the
Mufti (religious arbiter) of the Emirate of Qatar, has expressed
himself both verbally and in writing about the need to find a way to
“bring the schools of thought closer together”, as if Shi’a is another
legitimate school of thought, in addition to the four Sunni schools:
Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali. In the good old days they used to
call the Shi’a faction the “Jafari school” after one of the fathers of

The Golden Age between the Sunni and Shi’a was the year 2006, as a
result of the Second Lebanon War, when Hizb’Allah managed to create
the impression that it had won a “divine victory” over Israel. After
all, Hasan Nasrallah had survived despite 33 days of heavy Israeli
attacks, some of which were aimed at him personally. Hizb’Allah was
compared with the armies of the Arab countries, which had failed in
all of their attempts to destroy the state of Israel, and were
defeated by Israel’s army in only six days in 1967. As a result of the
Second Lebanon War, Hasan Nasrallah declared in every public arena –
especially in his al-Manar (“the beacon”) television channel – that
the victory belongs to the whole Arab and Islamic nation, and in this
way, he created for himself the image of being the only leader in the
Middle East who knows what to do and does the right things, ignoring
the objections of the infidel West and its paltry servants, meaning
most of the rulers of the Arab states. Bashar Asad declared that
Hizb’Allah’s way is the only way to fight and the only method that can
defeat the Zionist enemy.

During the war in the summer of 2006, great crowds of people of the
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Source: Israpundit

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