Dear Yossi,

Thank you for your kind reply to my Arabic article that was published on Alhewar Almotamaden in 13/7/2019, in response to your book, “Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor”,  and once again I decided to publish my response in an article in order to get more people involved in the dialogue you have initiated and also to encourage them to reach out to you directly.

I finally understood that you were calling for the moderate/cebtrist Israelis and Palestinians to come together/join hands in order to make peace, not the rightist´-or-the leftists’: those who can combine religion with humanism.

I truly think that this is possible because some moderate Arabs are calling for the same but my problem is that I do not think religion can be combined with humanism.

I know that your approach is practical and my approach is radical, but I also believe that my approach is true or more realistic and your approach is just a dream. 

Palestinians, Israelis, Arabs and all Middle Easterners should eventually choose between religion and secularism, as our European neighbors did a long time ago.

Regarding your negative view of Western civilization I strongly disagree, as it is the school-of-thought I learned from and view as the greatest civilization in human history.  You can clearly see that the Germans who caused the atrocious Holocaust yesterday are the same Germans who are receiving refugees nowadays, and this, in my opinion, is the power of this rational civilization: it always learns from the past and moves forward towards a better future, while in our religious-type of Middle Eastern civilization no lessons are learnt from the past and today is just like yesterday.

Last but not least, I would like to invite you to read my hundred-page-book, Mythology of religion and politics, which is available on my page in Alhewar Almotamaden, a short book like yours, which presents my complete secular view of the Middle East – past and future.

Please accept my best wishes and warm regards.

Abdelgawad Sayed