Events of Masjid al-Aqsa & Political Activity Preceding Them

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Political Observation - Events of Masjid al-Aqsa & Political Activity Preceding Them

"Israeli" forces killed last month more than 16 Palestinians, who were elevated as martyrs, in various military operations while 14 "Israelis" were killed in four individual attacks executed by Palestinians. As the month of Ramadhan entered and the Jewish Passover began, tensions and "Israeli" police attacks against worshippers in al-Masjid al-Aqsa intensified to protect the Jewish settlers and the Jewish “Temple Mount” groups. The unarmed Palestinians, specifically those living in al-Quds, have depicted the most splendid images of heroism in standing up to the forces of occupations and herds of settlers. Their hearts were filled with the belief that Allah the Almighty would be their Guardian when support became scarce.

These events are, without a shadow of a doubt, not isolated from the preceding political activities undertaken by some US agents in the region, with the aim of preserving the normalisation process and alliance with the Zionist entity while injecting blood into the veins of the government of occupation that had become frail and ramshackle due to the speculations, acute partisan tussles and "Israeli" divisions. Egyptian president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi hosted a month ago an unannounced meeting in Sharm al-Sheikh between "Israeli" prime minister Naftali Bennett and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed, during which they reviewed the fallouts of the Iranian nuclear deal, which represents a scarecrow to "Israel", with the aim of establishing a security system that would include the latter and keep the behaviour of rightwing "Israeli" governments in line with the US Greater Middle East Initiative. Propagating the imminence of an agreement between America and Iran and calling for removing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps from America’s foreign terrorist organization blacklist was perhaps designed to corroborate such narrative. The meeting also explored the means to contain Palestinian reactions to the provocations of the extremist Jews during the month of Ramadhan and the Jewish Passover which the opposition was set to harness to weaken the cabinet of Bennett and dismantle its alliances. The Sharm al-Sheikh meeting was followed by the summit of al-Aqabah in which Jordan took part alongside Saudi, the Emirates, Egypt and Iraq, and by another summit between King Abdullah II and President Mahmoud Abbas for the same purpose, namely shoring up the government of Bennett and containing the fireball and escalation for which the "Israeli" extreme rightwing had plotted. All this was in parallel with what "Israel" described as the summit of hope in the Negev, which gathered US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, "Israeli" Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Egyptian, Emirati, Bahraini and Moroccan foreign ministers. Their statements and their decision to visit Ben Gurion’s grave, which provoked the emotions of Muslims, corroborated their support for the government of Bennett and Lapid which was threatened with collapse, and for the “Abrahamic” process under a US and Arab official sponsorship, despite the people of the region who reject it. The Bahraini foreign minister announced that there was a need to turn the “Abrahamic agreements into actions and practices against terrorist forces such as Hezbollah, the Houthis and the Iranian aggressors.” For his part, Emirati foreign minister said “Egypt and Israel signed a peace treaty 43 years ago and we regret not having joined then.” All this lip service was designed to shore up the rightwing government of the occupation and generate the security, economic and political climate which would, “optimistically”, influence "Israeli" public opinion and persuade it of the viability of the “peace” process as a foundation for the existence, continuance and security of the Zionist entity, instead of the military and security options which the recent operations in inner Palestine have proven a failure, in addition to what the climate of the Arab-"Israeli" alliance, the “Abrahamic” process and the “regional solution” may generate by imposing the usurping entity on the people of the region, in addition to disheartening their resistance and dashing their hopes. This is what al-Sisi heralded in 2016 when he linked what he described as “the warmest peace” to settling the issue of the “Palestinians”; what he meant by this is that the "Israelis" should seize the opportunity and accept the formula of settling the issue through tackling the aftermaths of the occupation and granting the Palestinians a part of their land.

Hence, the "Israeli" escalation that erupted in al-Masjid al-Aqsa falls within the context of the "Israeli" partisan speculations and tussles between the secularist movement on the one hand and the "Israeli" rightwing, such as the government of Bennett, and the far-right parties such as the Likud on the other; the Likud exploited the event to undermine the government and the Yamina party, one of the leaders of which (Idit Silman) turned on Bennett and resigned from the coalition after she had been incited and enticed by Netanyahu, thus reducing the parliamentary majority between the government and the opposition to 60-60 for each.

As for the "Israeli" government, it could not find a better way to thwart the opposition’s attempts to exploit the event than oppressing the Palestinians and protecting the settlers and religious zealots to preserve the cohesion of its coalition and its electoral credentials, while attempting to rein the herds of Zionists in and prevent a sharp escalation due to foreign considerations dictated by the US desire to avert an eruption of the situation leading to diverting the attention from the Russo-Ukrainian war, which she deems the most important event at this moment; this was expressed by Secretary of State Blinken who stressed the importance of maintaining calm in the region. In this sense, the government of Bennett is eager to prevent any aggravation of the situation, in line with the American standpoint. "Israeli" newspaper Hayom reported that as of Friday, "Israel" would prevent Jews from entering Masjid al-Aqsa until the end of Ramadhan. In the same context, the collaborating Arab Ministerial Committee reacted to contain the situation; its communiqué in Amman two days ago revealed that it had washed its hands off the duty to deter the Zionist entity and its herds, and referred the responsibility to protect Masjid al-Aqsa and the Palestinians to the “international community”. Moreover, and according to Middle East Eye, Hamas received 150 calls within 48 hours from various parties pertinent to “mediation efforts” to prevent war in the Gaza Strip following the deteriorating situation in the West Bank and al-Quds. For its part, since Khaled Mashal announced the amendment of its charter and Ismael Haniyeh was selected as head of its politburo to justify foisting that amendment with Khaled’s Mashal’s announcements during the last war on Gaza last year alluding to accepting the two-state solution, Hamas has been regulating its policy and activity according to the process that had been agreed upon in Cairo. Its swift contact with Egypt, informing her that she was not responsible for the missile attack on the Zionist entity last Monday, and that the threatening language amidst the Zionists’ aggression against Masjid al-Aqsa was merely for propaganda purposes. According to Middle East Eye, sources said that Hamas “has been trying to contain the activities of its ally, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), using "sharp language" and warning against unilateral escalation following threats made against “Israel” by its Beirut-based secretary-general, Ziad al-Nakhala.” It was hoped Hamas would preserve what its men had achieved in terms of heroic actions despite the disparity in capabilities at all levels with the enemy, and that it would rally the resistance and unify its objective in inflicting damage on the Zionist enemy and deterring it from pursuing its aggressions against Masjid al-Aqsa and all the cities of the West Bank and Gaza.

The tempo of the progress in executing the Deal of the Century, with the adjustments made by Biden included, is proceeding at an alarming pace, especially as the file of Al-Quds and holy precincts has been the hottest issue for years and almost on a daily basis, to achieve a consensual formula acceptable to both the "Israeli" and Palestinian sides, amidst an Arab political climate inclining towards establishing an alliance with "Israel" and normalising relations with it.

Faced with these conspiratorial and demeaning standpoints the Arab regimes have become accustomed to, and the meagre standpoint that would shroud the Muslims with shame each time their honour has been violated and their sanctities vilified, we call on everyone whose heart is filled with Iman and who yearns for the Jannah of Al-Rahman, from among those with power in their hands, to rise and succour their Aqsa and the blessed lands that surround it, and to draw close to Allah the Almighty in this noble month, the month of victories, by purifying the blessed land from the squalor of the Jews and those allied with them.

The likes of Khalid Ibnul Waleed, who destroyed the Persians and the Romans within a few years, are still within the Ummah. Likewise, the likes of Salahuddin, who liberated al-Quds from the Crusaders who were mightier and fiercer than the Jews, are also among the Ummah. The Ummah still has the likes of Alp Arslan who faced 200 thousand Crusaders with 20 thousand mujahideen and vanquished them, imprisoning the Roman Emperor in the process. All the Ummah needs is the leader who would project her credentials of struggle, her heritage of knowledge, and her rich reservoir of men and equipment, and deploy all this for the sake of her revival and liberation.

“Fight them so that Allah may punish them by your hands and humiliate them, and help you against them, and heal the hearts of the believers.” [al-Tawbah-14]

22 Ramadhan 1443
23 April 2022