Israel-Palestine conflict and Muslim world | By Naveed Aman Khan

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Israel-Palestine conflict and Muslim world


ISRAEL is a superpower in the Middle East and no Arab country has the military muscle to match its military prowess but what about the diplomatic initiative? What stops the Arab world from disconnecting its diplomatic relationship with the state of Israel? The Palestinians don’t ask Arabs for a drop of blood for them.

All they are looking forward to is diplomatic support from them. Anything the Arabs are doing is narrowed down to securing their own petty self-interests.

The Arab countries have a right to disconnect themselves from the Palestinians and their conflict with the State of Israel on the issues of territory, security and refugees, but what right do they have to withdraw from the larger conflict of the dispute between Israel and the Muslim world on the issue of control over places of religious holy significance? The only good news in the whole situation and the uncertainty surrounding it is the reality that the Palestinians are going nowhere and no matter what the Israelis may do one day this problem will be sorted out.

This role of both Arabs and non Arabs is pitiful, tragic and pathetic and role of the Palestinians themselves is consistent with what they want a free state of their own.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is constantly selling his inhuman, illogical and brutal narrative of crushing innocent Palestinians. He is not ready to sacrifice his country and Israelis.

The longest serving Prime Minister in the history of Israel yet leads the worst Israeli political stalemate in which the people of Israel have gone to four elections in the last two years and yet PM Netanyahu has not been able to form a governing coalition.

Despite being accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, the Supreme Court of Israel allowed Netanyahu the permission to form a government. That is a kind of a similar relief that one associates with courts in a country like ours.

Two things are apparent. Benjamin Netanyahu is croock enough and the Al Aqsa Mosque provocations that he has engineered will help him win the support of people of Israel as he keeps all the options of any solution under the table and takes the Palestinian problem into a new phase of the conflict.

The divided religion, the divided nature of society and the divided regions in fact all the divisions and polarisations that we see in the Islamic world are mostly the work of not the outsiders but the insiders.

Leaders like Modi and Netanyahu create circumstances for the locals to take the law in their own hands and project to the world their right to control the uprising.

Both stop the outside world in interfering their internal matters. Certain political situations suit the application of their coercive methods and in its guise, they continue to bring in more and more settlers in the West Bank as well as in India-occupied Kashmir all too good a strategy to progressively effect and change the demography of the geographical space.

Both look for the ideal favourable political circumstances and the security threat that it entails as continuity because it helps them to remain in power and they engineer the demographic changes in its shadow to fool the rest of the world.

What is this outside world? Israel over the years has become a very powerful state and it no more looks upon the US for any support except the crucial one that the US gives it at the United Nations Security Council.

No wonder no statement of condemnation comes from there as the US blocks all such statements with its immoral use of veto.

The joint US-Israeli mantra on Palestinian issue today is security and peace only if possible.

The outside world, the brokers and sponsors of any Palestinian peace accord have all grown controversial and the Palestinians have lost trust in them.

Very weak and hardly supported by outside world, Palestinians living in Gaza and West Bank pose no strategic threat but only annoyance to Israel. For innocent Palestinians there is no Salahuddin.

The eventual two-state solution will primarily remain dependent on what shapes the Israeli and Palestinian domestic politics in future negotiations or coming of another resistance movement? One can see how the Arab world has dealt Palestinian matter.

Egypt 1979 and Jordan 1994 had signed peace treaties with Israel. And just last year, Israel was able to establish diplomatic relations with four other Arab League countries UAE, Sudan, Bahrain and Morocco.

Israel over the years has become very powerful state and it no more looks upon the US for any support except the crucial one that the US gives it at the UNSC.

No wonder no statement of condemnation comes from there as the US blocks all such statements with its immoral use of veto. The joint US-Israeli mantra on Palestinian issue today is security and peace only if possible.

The outside world, the brokers and sponsors of any Palestinian peace accord have all grown controversial and the Palestinians have lost trust in them.

The UNSC, OIC and Arab League (AL) have proved their incapacity, incapability and mal-intention in resolving the disputes and conflicts of international significance especially of the Muslim world.

For the solution of conflicts and disputes of the Muslim world new strong and effective forum be formulated.

The new forum comprising strong countries of Turkey, Iran and Malaysia can help in the resolution of the complex disputes of the Muslim world.

This forum with its result oriented politics and diplomacy can bring new life to the Muslim world.

If joint force of 42 Muslim countries was not to be deployed in defence of Palestinians to support and rescue them for what objective was it established?
—The writer, based in Islamabad, is book ambassador, columnist and author of several books.