The position of Arab states on the Palestinian issue has not changed since the wave of normalization with Israel, but those who claim to do so only seek to “spread chaos, violence, extremism and terrorism”, says a political scientist Emirati. The model of Algeria in this context is a fine example that illustrates an unhealthy position of the neighbor to the east.
While the attacks targeting Palestinians in the middle of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of piety for Muslims, have horrified Arab countries around the world, in the face of the atrocity and violence of the Israeli armed forces, some parts within the community Arabic put back on the table, their criticisms of the normalizations with Tel Aviv.
“The future of the Palestinian cause seems to come back on the table whenever relations between Arab countries and Israel, but also between Islamic countries and Israel, evolve. Some try to make people believe that the Arabs have + planted the cause + and abandoned the Palestinian people. It is false and not in accordance with the facts well known to all, ”reacted the Emirati political scientist Salem Al Ketbi.
Critics want to spread ‘chaos’ and ‘terrorism’
Rare condemnations of certain Arab countries had followed the wave of normalizations of Arab countries with the Jewish state and some considered that they had “sold” the Palestinian cause, bracing themselves in their position of hatred.
“Such arguments are used by others as a pretext to further spread chaos, violence, extremism and terrorism and incite attacks on innocent civilians in Israel. However, it is not a question here of Arab positions, but of plans of terror directed against all the peoples of our region”, indicated in this regard the political scientist.
According to him, the Palestinian question “is not exhibited on the political market to be + sold + by this or that State”, recalling that it is a just cause, recognized by law and international conventions.
Algeria, in this context, sets itself up as a defender of the Palestinian cause and makes quite a media fuss about it and has sharply criticized the States that have normalized their relations with Israel, but its support for the Palestinians stops there.
Concretely, Algeria does nothing for the Palestinians except to give humanist speeches. Algeria does not send aid to the Palestinians, does not finance any NGOs, does not protect the Palestinians, does not welcome Palestinian refugees on its territory.
Moreover, she never openly criticizes Israel with whom she is careful not to use the same vehemence and hatred that she bestows on Morocco, for example. And for good reason, Algeria has commercial ties with Israel which it seeks to conceal from the Algerian people.
The country imports, among other equipment, and medical products, computer equipment from Israel via front companies in France and sells gas to Israel via Egypt.
And the political scientist’s version of the aspirations of certain parties (which denounce the Abraham Accords) to spread extremism and terrorism in the region has also been the same position of Israel on this subject.
Last August, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yair Lapid, then on a visit to Morocco, expressed his “concerns about the role played by Algeria in the region, its rapprochement with Iran and the campaign it has against the admission of Israel as an observer member of the African Union”.
The world facing new strategic realities
For Salem Al Ketbi, the resolution of the Palestinian question “has nothing to do with the persistent hostility between the Arabs and Israel, for the simple reason that the conflict situation has lasted for more than seven decades, during which the two parties fought many wars.
He notes in this regard that during all these years no qualitative breakthrough that would bring peace and stability to the Palestinian people and the region has been achieved. “The different experiences of the past decades are the best proof of the consequences of violence and bloodshed,” he said.
“It is time to try a better and more civilized approach to the conflict situation with Israel,” continued the political scientist, saying that radical changes are reshaping the existing world order.
And in the face of international relations which are constantly reinventing themselves on the political, military, economic and security levels, particularly in the light of the crisis between Ukraine and Russia which is reshaping alliances, he believes that it would be “insane” for the position Palestinians to limit themselves to certain speeches, attitudes, practices or behaviors. “It should adapt to new global strategic realities,” he said.
Arab countries that criticize normalizations should “understand the motivations of the Arab dynamic around (the Palestinian issue, editor’s note) and not hide behind incitement and bashing rhetoric on all issues of Arab-Israeli cooperation “.
Support for the rights and the cause of the Palestinian people is a matter of Arab collective conscience, official Arab positions are displayed and no real harm is done to the Palestinian people by the peace agreements, he said, before to add that “quite the contrary. It is very important to communicate with Israeli leaders in times of crisis and tension.”
And to conclude that the consolidation of coexistence and tolerance in no way implies compromising the cause and the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people. “Violence and terrorism against Israel or others would only serve to escalate hostilities. They undermine the chances of peace and prevent efforts in this direction from ever being initiated,” he concluded.