Political Observation - Settling the Palestinian Issue


بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Political Observation - Settling the Palestinian Issue

The challenge is settling the Palestinian issue rather than preserving peripheral identities 

Bringing the last chapter of the Palestinian issue to a full and final conclusion has become a declared aim within the so-called Deal of the Century which reflects itself in the measures undertaken by Netanyahu and Trump vis-à-vis al-Quds and the Golan, the decision to annex 30% of the West Bank’s territory, Netanyahu’s red lines concerning a united al-Quds, and the refugees file. It further reflects itself in a conspicuous manner in the negotiations taking place between America and the usurping entity in isolation of the Arab sides and amid their collaboration. The Arab regimes are attempting to deliberately deviate the compass of the Palestinian issue by making the challenges of the Deal of the Century directed at the Jordanian regime and the Palestinian Authority and by confining the options of resistance within the framework of adhering to the “two-state solution” in order to allegedly preserving the Jordanian and Palestinian identities. Hence, as the Gulf States and other Arab countries have acquired the pretext to deal with the criminal entity, and they even boast about this without any hesitation or embarrassment, such as the UAE, since they are outside the circle of struggle with the Jewish entity now that Iran has volunteered to dismiss the usurping entity from its role in terrifying them, the Jordanian regime and the Palestinian Authority amplified the threat of annexing the occupied Jordan Valley and confined their vision and pinned their hopes in tackling this issue on the results of the US presidential elections and on the return of the Democrats to power, after Netanyahu had dashed their hopes in the “two-state” solution, and after they had been let down and sacrificed by the Gulf States in exchange for their continuance in power; and this will be adopted by the Jordanian regime and the Palestinian Authority as a pretext to compromise the Palestinian issue further. 

Although some of the official Arab stances rejecting the annexation have recently emerged, somewhat devoid of any practical steps to prevent it, the context in which these stances have surfaced is expressive of America’s desire to delay the annexation rather than cancel it, thus making the official Arab rejection concordant with the American wishes, and in turn, expressive of the regimes’ fear of its fallouts. Arab rulers have dared to express their aversion to the annexation after having exploited the division in the European stance towards it and the frail international support for it, even though the division in the European stance on which the Palestinian authority and some Arab regimes are banking is merely on how to confront the decision to annex the Jordan Valley, i.e. whether to impose “token” sanctions or only express concern. The same applies to the Democratic party on which the Palestinian Authority and Jordan are relying, since its leaders are split on whether to call for imposing sanctions, as Sanders wants, or pursue the customary token objections as Biden wants, especially that the annexation is related to the issue of security and sovereignty, and there is no difference between the Republicans and the Democrats vis-à-vis the security and sovereignty of the Jewish entity save for the arrangements proposed by former security adviser General John Allen in 2014 to Secretary of State John Kerry and which Netanyahu rejected.

In this context, "Israeli" newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth published few days ago a contemptible article by UAE ambassador to Washington Yousef Al Otaiba in which he addressed the usurping Jewish entity; not only the purport of the article exceeded normalization and touched on the alliance with the Jews, it also addressed the issue of turning the whole region, regimes and people alike, into servants to the criminal entity, and led former Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt to declare: “I still look forward to eating kosher food when I travel to the UAE. I hope that the UAE will still proceed to develop the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi, where a mosque, a church and a synagogue will be collocated in the same complex. I would be excited to pray there with my tefillin, in the same way that I prayed in a synagogue in Bahrain last year.” When we ponder over all this we conclude that our Ummah stands before a unique situation of conspiracy and treason whose last chapters are manifest in the physical implementation, the token rejection of Donald Trump’s plan and the stroppiness of the rulers about the annexing of what is effectively annexed in the first place, not because of their concern over the land as much as absolving themselves of blame and dreading the requirements of annexation and its fallouts. The rulers’ alarm over the alleged national identity is but a cover for the alarm over factional interests and the future of their regimes which, due to their frailties and lack of legitimacy, makes them think that every shout is directed against them. The future awaiting the issue of Palestine necessitates from the Muslims to name and shame every traitor who forsakes one single handspan of the land under the pretext of powerlessness, weakness and necessity. As for those still bragging about patriotism and dreading the loss or extinction of the identity, or seeking to gain a position, they are detached from their religion and their Ummah since the identity of the Muslim is Islam and all the Muslims’ lands are his responsibility; and the issue of Palestine in its true political plane is the issue of the Islamic Ummah, and lowering its level to turn it into an issue of an ethnicity or a country is sheer deception and a dwarfing of the issue. 

25 Shawwal 1441h
17 June 2020