Time wars, Israel Hayom, Judith Bergman, June 12, 2015
Perhaps one of the greatest, yet least spoken of, misconceptions of the West concerning the Middle East is its failure to understand the radically different concept of time on which it operates. While Israel predominantly ticks on a Western — if Mediterranean — linear clock, which puts a premium on speed and efficiency, this is overwhelmingly not the case in Arab culture. For Muslims in particular, time is the domain of Allah and from this belief follows a fatalism and an immense patience, which could almost be mistaken for resignation, that in time Allah will see to all things.
There could be no greater contrast to the West, which is impatient to the point of hyperventilation, wishing to solve problems that are not always solvable as fast as possible – and preferably yesterday
In his speech at the 15th annual…
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