Who really cares about Palestine?

Mashari Althaydi

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Palestine is the cause which has been deceitfully exploited the most in the Arab world and the Middle East in general. The Turkish and Iranian elements have also become involved.

Ambitions have been false, opinions have not been downright, the journey has not kicked off and power has not been properly invested ever since the days of Amin al-Husseini who made several wrong political bets – such as supporting Hitler – and up until the days of Shukeiri, Arafat and until this day in which there are Palestinian divisions between the West Bank and Gaza or between Hamas and Fatah. And “every faction rejoicing in what it has.”

Most political coups and seditions and armed groups in the past century emerged by baptism in the Palestinian cause – even those who are very far like Qaddafi in Libya in the 1960s.

Palestine is now being discussed again and battles are raging around the “cause.” They want everyone to repeat the same mistakes and speeches and echo the same chants which led to the situation we see today in Gaza and Jerusalem and to the Palestinians’ tragedies.

Turkish and Iranian opinions

Turkey’s Erdogan and Iran’s Khamenei have opined on the situation and they always have. Ankara asked the Israeli ambassador to “temporarily” leave the country as Netanyahu’s hands are “stained” with the Palestinians’ blood; however, this is always the case anyway, at least according to the rhetoric of those who resemble Erdogan, so why did he decide to expel the Israeli envoy “temporarily” today?

In his recent article in Al-Hayat newspaper, Lebanese writer Hazem Saghiyeh wrote: “All the descriptions used for the establishment of Israel treated the latter as a unique event. Like all unique things, a unique solution is required – unique to the extent where the solution is impossible. Nationalist-military regimes generalized this ‘analysis’ to serve their own aim which is to divert attention from their weak legitimacy. This is how a ‘cause’ crystallized to resemble tribal vengeance which there is no way to resolve neither through politics nor through war.”

Let’s go back to reality and to looking at Arabs, including the Palestinian Authority and to some extent Hamas after the revised document. After the Arab League Summit in Beirut, they recognized the idea of the two-state solution, Palestine and Israel, by having Israel withdraw from Arab territories captured since 1967 and having east Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. The proposal also included several other principles and rules that governed the idea of recognizing the two states’ right to exist.

What’s right and appropriate is to harness Arab and Muslim efforts to force Israel to accept this solution and it’s not to employ the Palestinian cause to serve propagandist and political aims which are not really interested in “ending” the Palestinian problem, as the case is with Lebanese Hassan Nasrallah, the Iranian Qassem Soleimani and others.

All Arabs and Muslims, or rather all humans, are biased to the Palestinian injustice. This is self-evident. It’s due to this particular bias that we are “disgusted” by the bazar of continuous trading in the Palestinian tragedy and is not beneficial to anyone.

This article is also available in Arabic.


Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy

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