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WHY are we the ones being insulted by the Palestinians?
When they are happy, they curse the Gulf leaders and people. When they are angry, they use all of the defamatory and abusive words in their dictionary against us.
We, the Gulf nationals, overlook all that by sending them aid. We also participated in all the Arab wars for defending the right of the Palestinians for self-determination and the establishment of an independent state on the 1967 borders.
We are the only ones who rescued them in the year 1970 when they launched their war on Jordan. The late Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah evacuated their leader Yasser Arafat from Amman. The Arabian Gulf states, led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, boycotted oil export to the Western countries during the 1973 war.
Furthermore, Riyadh presented two initiatives to solve the issue. Despite their support of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and their participation in acts of intimidation, abuse and killing against Kuwaiti citizens, the Gulf nationals especially Kuwaitis continued to support the Palestinians and their resistance factions.
They supported the late Jamal Abdul Nasser against us. They stood with Gaddafi when he hurled everything he had on the leaders of the Gulf. Their derision even reached the point that they wrote the names of the kings and princes of the Gulf countries on animals and marched with them at the forefront of their demonstrations.
All of this is just the tip of the iceberg of what the Gulf states and their people offered to the Palestinians, who were and still are ungrateful.
They stood with the Iranian Houthi aggressor against Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. They slandered and cursed the leaders and governments of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries because they did not mourn the assassination of the head of the terrorist snake Qasem Soleimani.
Didn’t Mahmoud al-Zahar refer our people as homosexuals for this reason, and Ismail Haniyeh launched an attack on them during which he used extremely vulgar talk against us in his eulogy?
This really makes everyone wonder – Did a few thousand dollars and a handful of Iranian missiles ignite such rage in them against us? How cheap are they?
The Israelis, who are the occupiers, did not receive the insults and curses that the people of the Gulf and their states have received from the Palestinians. In fact, the supporters of the two groups Hamas and Al-Jihad chanted “Death to the leaders of the Arabian Gulf states and the House of Saud” during their recent demonstrations to mark the assassination of the war criminal Qasem Soleimani.
Therefore, we ask – How long will our people and their countries continue to be insulted by those who sell themselves to the highest bidder? Is Palestine still our cause for which we bear all this harm caused by the Palestinians?
Has this issue not become an internal issue between two parties, after the declaration of the Palestinian National Authority, the endless agreements between Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Gaza, and the active trade exchange? So what benefit does the GCC states gain from indulging in this bilateral conflict?
Seventy years and we alone bear all this denial. Therefore, it is time to put an end to all this by starting with cutting support from them, and without ending with mediation whenever one of them throws a missile at Israel. In this case, let them rebuild what they destroy by their own acts.
Enough is enough! The camel’s back has been broken from the burden of grief we endure due to the ingratitude of the Palestinians. They have been encouraging terrorism against us, issuing calls to kill us, and raising slogans such as “The path of liberation passes through Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Manama, Riyadh and Doha”, while they are trying to lose the bearing.
All the Gulf states should normalize relations with Israel due to the fact that peace with this most advanced country is the right thing to do. Let the foolish fend for themselves.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times