Maybe the Arabs can't handle the leadership role without getting all theologically wishy-washy and friendly with the other confessions.
You mean like Patriarch St. Sophronios of Jerusalem, the sole primate not to succumb to Constantinople's Monotheletism?
The Antiochian Patriarchate restored communion with the Latins in the 18th century, and a Greek had to be brought in to hold to the traditional Orthodox ecclesiology and theology.
No, the locally elected patriarch got a pallium from Rome to evade the Ottoman bureaucracy at the Phanar, and a Phanariot was sent to reimpose Phanariot control. Not the first time that had been done (the Serbs, Bulgarians and Romanians). That the Melkites weren't pressured into it by the Vatican and its minions is why they are such a thorn in the Vatican's side today.
Once the ethnic Arabs regained control in the 20th century Antiochian Patriarchate, they went back into communion with the Melkite Greek Catholics from before.
Can't go back to what you haven't left: in Antioch both sides had decided a pox on both houses of Old and New Rome.
I assume perhaps the Greeks foresee the same results in handing over the Jerusalem Patriarchate. Just a bunch of smiles, hand shaking and ecumenism in the bad sense. Just look at how theologically conservative Jerusalem is today versus Antioch.
LOL. You do know that among the better known creations of Jerusalem was Met/Abp/EP/Pope Meletius, who was elected Patriarch of Jerusalem in the 30's, but the British wouldn't let him take the position?
Other than living in the Ottoman world, Jerusalem isn't all that conservative. And what about the Greeks handing over the Church of Greece to Greeks?
I don't think it's a stretch to assume the Palestinian Arabs would be just as racist with the ethnically Jewish Orthodox Christians of the Patriarchate, especially given the ethnic tensions between the Palestinians and the Jews.
In the Zionist State?
As another poster said, the Greeks in many ways can function as a neutral arbitrator in the political disputes.
No, acting in their parochial ethnic interests, they have shown they cannot. Sort of the same problem with the ethnarch posing as the Ecumenical Patriarch.
What matters is the faithfulness of the Patriarch to tradition and the apostolic faith, not his ethnicity. What a bunch of racist garbage.
Maybe the Arabs can't handle the leadership role