Edward Said criticizes the American president for “showing no understanding of [the] Arab-Islamic world.” What Arabs want is simple: no Israel. Why should the United States or any other country care about Arab mentality? There is the plain legal matter of recognizing Israel, a duly established state, and ceasing hostilities. No one asks Arabs to love Israelis. Arabs are not in kindergarten so that the powers must tailor their policy to Arab wants. Welcome to the cold world dominated in the Middle East by Israel.
 Japan recognizes Russia but does not accept annexation of the Kuriles. Arabs never recognized Israel in the 1948 borders, established by U.N. resolution on the partition of Palestine, the very resolution they incessantly appeal to, demanding Israeli withdrawal from the territories.