Washington’s decision to transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem, without any concessions from the Israeli government in exchange was an unfair move and a huge mistake.
The embassy move happened without Israel offering anything in return—not even showing the slightest sign of advancing the peace process—is in serious violation of international law and UN resolutions that declare Jerusalem an occupied territory since 1967. States transferring their embassies to the debated territory is prohibited.
Saudi Arabia has already warned of the “grave consequences” of such an unjustified move and how it “infringes the feelings of Muslims worldwide.”
The embassy transfer serves as a major gift to Israel, emboldening its arrogance. Palestinians suffering isolation and brutality at the hand of occupied forces is not unheard of and has been in practice since the occupation’s onset in 1948.
Exploiting Palestinian blood in political trades and propaganda is also practiced by many countries, parties and groups.
The Palestinian cause has always has been molded and shaped differently at different times, at some points it was defined as a source for formative resistance and an inspiration to popular movements and at other times it was seen as a bargaining chip politicians can trade over in a deal.
However, times have changed in ways that now the public is less prone to buying into cheap political talk and see past lies and deceit weaved by exploiters. Selling out Palestinian rights for personal gains is no longer acceptable.
Doubts and opportunism headline many countries taking advantage of the Palestinian cause.
However, as former US President Ronald Reagan put it: “Facts are stubborn things.”
Even though Qatar champions Palestinian rights, it is the first Gulf state to have a deal with Tel Aviv on normalizing ties—a move which goes against Arab consensus. The peninsula is also the first Gulf state to raise an Israeli flag in its capital’s skies.
On one hand, Doha outspokenly supports Palestinian rights, but then moves closer to grotesquely normalizing ties under the table with Tel Aviv.
In February, Qatari diplomat Mohammed Al-Emadi was kicked out during a hospital tour in Gaza by a rally of angered Palestinians. Fury took over after Emadi trumpeted visiting Israel and signs of ties being established.
The senior diplomat said he has visited Israel twenty times over the last four years-- all these trips were made covertly.
What about Turkey's close political and economic relationship with Israel ?! After recent IDF –Gaza violence, Ankara asked the Israeli ambassador to leave Turkey ‘temporarily’.
But ruling party AKP deputies objected to a draft resolution presented by the opposition bloc to parliament stipulating the cancellation of all political, commercial and military agreements with Israel.
Turkish-Israeli trade exchange amounted to about $5 billion in 2017 alone.
Countries nurturing ties with Israel are clearly the first to sell out on Palestinian blood in order to preserve personal political and commercial interests, unlike other countries working both secretly and openly to unite Palestinian ranks and find a real solution to their cause.
It goes without saying that the Palestinian cause is the first and foremost affected by other states playing on their cause.
Chanting anti-Israel slogans and adopting heated rhetoric is easy, but upholding firm and decisive positions is difficult.
Passing in its darkest moment in the upshot of Arab Spring protests, the Palestinian cause, now more than ever, needs to bring the exploitation misleading Arab peoples’ positions and lowering their sympathy to an end.
Without a unified Arab front corroborating the true interests of the Palestinian people, there will never be peace with Israel.
At the April 15 Arab league summit hosted by Saudi Arabia and dubbed the “Jerusalem Summit,” Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz affirmed that “the Palestinian cause is a priority and will remain so until Palestinians obtain their legitimate rights.” History will only remember facts.
This article was first published here.
Salman Aldosary is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. He tweets @SalmanAldosary.