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UNDOUBTEDLY, the events transpiring in Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa Mosque, Gaza and the occupied Palestinian cities are condemned and rejected at all levels. However, the question that the Palestinians have to answer themselves is – What have you done for your country?
What has the so-called “axis of resistance” done apart from shouting slogans and hurling threats for 40 years about the liberation of Palestine, and praying at Al-Aqsa Mosque, while committing massacres in Iraq, Syria and Yemen?
Isn’t Iran present today on the Syrian-Israeli borders? Why did it not hit Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jaffa, Ashdod, and other Israeli cities with its missiles instead of targeting the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah? Or is it satisfied with just celebrating the so-called “Jerusalem Day” through military parades?
One week ago, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Hossein Salami said, “The first strike of the Zionist entity could be the last, as it can be destroyed with a single operation … ”
Isn’t the current situation an opportunity for his forces to take and strike Israel? So why not take that opportunity?
Since the events of the Al-Aqsa Mosque began followed by the bombing of Israel by the Palestinian movements – Hamas and Islamic Jihad – with rockets, many Palestinians have strived to attack Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emir-ates and other Arabian Gulf states, and hold them responsible for what is currently transpiring in Palestine.
Although we do not understand how the conversation was linked, the Gulf countries announced their condemnation of Israel’s practices from the first moment of the crisis. They protested in international forums, called for a unified Ar-ab position, and declared their readiness to support the Palestinians. So, we wonder why Palestine is taking such an ungrateful position?
Everyone in the region knows that the balance of power tends to favor Israel internationally, and that the United States of America is standing firmly behind it and providing it with all support, and even the United Nations … So do these people think that insulting the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and their leaders will lead to the liberation of Palestine?
Doesn’t the Palestinian National Authority coordinate on security aspects with Tel Aviv, and that the Palestinian minis-ters and officials meet with them daily? Doesn’t Hamas hold secret meetings with Israel’s security agency Shin Bet? Why such political ambivalence in the perception of the Arab countries?
We are not mistaken when we say that the Palestinians have failed to be an advocate for such a just cause, and that they have become professionals in losing brothers, supporters and friends.
Those who talk about liberating Palestine with a few rockets that they hurl at Israel get their salaries in shekels. All their food supplies come from the settlement areas they built with their hands.
So how does this equation balance seem to these people – working for the occupier and living by his money, and then claiming resistance and struggle for liberation?
It was clear since 1969, when the Australian Jew Michael Rohan burned down Al-Aqsa Mosque, and no one on earth moved to defend it, that the Palestinians do not want to liberate their country.
At that time, the then Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir said in response to that incident, “I did not sleep at night. All that I imagined was that the Arabs will enter Palestine in waves from all directions. However, when morning broke out and nothing had happened, I realized that we can do whatever we want, because this is a sleeping nation.”
For 50 years, the Palestinians did not take any positive steps towards their land. Even the agreement they settled for which gave them national authority was under pressure from the Gulf states particularly Saudi Arabia.
They accepted crumbs at the time when they could announce general mobilization, attack the Israelis with stones and liberate their country, as the Israeli army will not be able to kill eight million Palestinians.
All that the Palestinian factions want is to earn money by trading their case through insulting the Arabs. For this they must now remove their thorns with their own hands. Iran, which occupies the islands of the United Arab Emirates and exterminates the Arabs in Iraq and Syria, will help them, because it believes the road to Jerusalem should be filled with the blood of the people of these countries.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times