Sayyed Nasrallah to Macron: You’re Welcome as a Friend, Not as a Guardian

September 30, 2020

Marwa Haidar

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Tuesday firmly rejected accusations of betrayal by French President Emmanuel Macron, noting meanwhile that the Resistance party is still committed to the French initiative “but based on respect”.

In a televised speech via Al-Manar, Sayyed Nasrallah clarified fallacies made regarding the formation of the new government in Lebanon and Paris’ initiative regarding the current crisis.

He stressed, in this context, that Macron is welcome in Lebanon “as a friend and ally, not as a guardian of our country.”

His eminence also stressed that Hezbollah has been well known for his credibility and sincerity, calling on the French president to “ask the friend and the enemy” about this issue.

Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed, meanwhile, that excluding Hezbollah from taking part in the new government is “out of question”.

Elsewhere in his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah hit back at Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu who claimed that Hezbollah allegedly has a missile factory near a gas station south of the capital, Beirut.

The Hezbollah S.G. said the party’s Media Relation Office would hold a tour for media outlets’ reporters to head to the area Netayahu had spoken about in a bid to refute lies of the Israeli PM.

Sayyed Nasrallah, meanwhile, hailed the Lebanese Army for foiling attacks by terrorists in the country’s north, warning that the terrorists have been preparing for a major military action in Lebanon.

Emir of Kuwait Demise

Sayyed Nasrallah started his speech by offering condolences over the demise of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

His eminence praised Kuwait monarch for his role in stopping the civil war in Lebanon, noting that he also stood by Lebanon and contributed to reconstruction of Lebanese towns following the Israeli war on Lebanon in July 2006.

“Emir of Kuwait also adopted an honored stance on Palestine and Al-Quds,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, praising Sheikh Al-Sabah for not striking a deal with the Zionist entity echoing other Arab states.

North Lebanon Confrontations and ISIL Revive

Tackling the latest confrontations between the Lebanese Army and Takfiri terrorists in the country’s north, Sayyed Nasrallah described the Lebanese soldiers as heroes, hailing the Lebanese people for standing by the Lebanese Army.

His eminence warned that Lebanon is facing a threat of major military action by ISIL terrorist group.

“We appreciate the popular stance in the northern villages where people voiced support to the army and security forces.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah said that since the assassination of Iranian Major-General Qassem Suleimani, head of the elite Quds Force and Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Hashd Shaabi paramilitary force, US has been working hard to revive ISI in the region.

He called for caution and awareness regarding this threat, urging the Lebanese people to rally behind the Lebanese Army and security forces.

Sayyed Nasrallah Hits back at Netanyahu

His eminence then hit back at Netanyahu claims that a facility south of Beirut allegedly contains Hezbollah missiles, calling on media outlets to tour the area.

“Lebanese media outlets are called upon to tour in the area at 22:00 today in a bid to refute Netanyahu’s lies.”

“We position our missiles neither in Beirut Port nor near a gas station, we know very well where can we preserve our rockets,” Sayyed Nasrallah stated, referring to similar claims by Israeli media shortly after the deadly explosion at Beirut Port on August 4.

Tackling the state of alert on the Lebanese-Palestinian border, Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated an earlier threat to retaliate to the martyrdom of Hezbollah fighter Ali Mohsen in Damascus earlier in July.

“Israeli occupation army has been on alert at the border with Lebanon for more than two months in the longest period of mobilization since 1948.”

Ex-PMs Setting Conditions on Gov’t Formation

Turning to the government issue, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that Hezbollah has been facilitating the formation of the new government following the resignation of caretaker PM Hassan Diab’s government earlier last month.

He said that four ex-PMs Saad Hariri, Fuad Siniora, Najib Mikati and Tammam Salam formed a club in which they were setting conditions on Hezbollah and his allies, noting that they were leading the negotiations in this regard instead of the PM-designate Mustapha Adib, who recused himself from his mission last Saturday.

His eminence mentioned some of the conditions set by the ex-PMs: number of ministers in the government will be limited to 14, portfolios will be rotated and the ministers will be named by them.

In addition to taking the role of the PM-designate, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that the four ex-PMs were also going beyond the authority of President Michel Aoun who has the right to take part in the formation process.

In this regard, Sayyed Nasrallah said that Hezbollah repeatedly asked the ex-PMs if such conditions were stipulated by the French initiative, noting that the answer was no.

Excluding Hezbollah from the Gov’t ‘Out of Question’

Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Hezbollah did not agree on the process of naming the ministers, stressing that the Resistance party did not commit to follow a random government and to hand over the country to it.

In this issue his eminence said that Macron was asking the parliamentary majority in Lebanon to hand over the power to the minority, noting that this contradicts the principle of democracy.

Sayyed Nasrallah affirmed here that Hezbollah won’t accept to be excluded from the government, noting that this behavior aimed at defending the back of the resistance in the country and at preventing further collapse of Lebanon on the economic and financial levels.

Betrayal Accusations ‘Rejected’

Hezbollah S.G. hit back at Macron, rejecting his latest remarks when he accused the Lebanese parties of ‘betrayal and blamed Hezbollah and Amal movement of foiling the French initiative.

Sayyed Nasrallah then addressed Macron by saying: “We did not attack any one, we defended our land against the Israeli occupier. We went to Syria upon the request of the government there to fight those militants whom your state consider terrorists.”

“What are the promises which we did not keep? Our credibility and sincerity is well known to our enemies and our friends. Betrayal accusations are unacceptable and condemned.”

“If you want to know who foiled your initiative look for the US which imposed sanctions, and look for Saudi King Salman and his speech at the United Nations General Assembly,” Sayyed Nasrallah said addressing the French president.

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that Hezbollah stance since the beginning of the French initiative was to welcome and to facilitate such efforts, but stressed that Macron’s rhetoric of superiority is not accepted.

“You are welcome as a friend and an ally, not as a guardian and prosecutor who defends the interest of certain Lebanese camp,” the Hezbollah S.G. said.

He concluded this part of his speech by maintaining that Hezbollah is still committed to the French initiative, voicing readiness to hold discussions in this regard “but on base of respect.”

Bahraini People and Deals with ‘Israel’

Sayyed Nasrallah then praised the Bahraini people who took to streets to protest against the Manama regime’s decision to hold so-called peace deal with the Zionist entity.

“We appreciate the moves of the Bahraini people who despite oppression by the regime took to streets and voiced opposition to any deal with the Israeli enemy.”

Hi eminence also said that Hezbollah relies on the stance of the people of the Arab countries and their popular will to oppose their regimes and refuse deals with the Israeli enemy.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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The House of Saud Struggles to Normalize Ties with “Israel” As It Sinks in the Yemeni Swamp

The House of Saud Struggles to Normalize Ties with “Israel” As It Sinks in the Yemeni Swamp

By Staff

The father and son relationship between Saudi King Salman and his son the Crown Prince – Mohammed bin Salman [MBS] – is at crossroads regarding the methods in which normalization with the apartheid “Israeli” entity would occur; though the sand kingdom is over its head regarding the consequences of the brutal war it waged on Yemen.

MBS is interested in a normalization with the entity, while King Salman likes the so-called “Arab Peace Initiative”, but the war in Yemen and threats to the Crown Prince at home are keeping them busy.

In a rare speech this week, Salman said Saudi Arabia still adheres to the so-called “Arab Peace Initiative”, which conditions normalization on an “Israeli” withdrawal to the 1967 lines and the establishment of a Palestinian state. But MBS wants to speed up normalization as part of his strategic and, above all, economic vision.

In his speech, King Salman focused on regional affairs: Iran and the “Israeli”-Palestinian so-called “peace” process – though he never mentioned the “Israeli’ entity’s normalization with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Was he trying to prove that he’s still in control of his kingdom and that he still sets foreign policy? Is this an intergenerational dispute, pitting the son’s project against the father’s traditional attitudes?

Saudi Arabia’s decision-making processes are enigmatic, as are relationships among members of the royal family and the kingdom’s domestic and foreign-policy considerations.

Yet, Saudi-“Israeli” normalization – which Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser announced will be happening very soon – seemed to be delayed.

Moreover, it’s not clear whether the delay is a matter of principle – that is, until a Palestinian state arises, or at least until “Israeli”-Palestinian negotiations resume – as King Salman said, or only a temporary one, until MBS manages to persuade him.

The difference in the two royals’ positions also raises another question. Saudi Arabia has provided an umbrella for the latest “peace” deals. Not only did it not condemn them, it praised the UAE and Bahrain for taking this step, which was coordinated with MBS, and opened its airspace to flights to and from the “Israeli” entity.

Not to mention, the public opinion in Saudi Arabia for a historic turnabout in the sand kingdom’s relationship with the “Israeli” entity is being paved.

Though, one issue stays unresolved.

It’s clear that Riyadh need to make peace with Washington, either before or as part of a deal with the “Israeli” entity. The main dispute between them is the war in Yemen, which began after King Salman was crowned in 2015.

In this war, the Saudi and UAE armies have treated Yemen’s civilian population brutally and used American weapons to do so. More than 125,000 people have been martyred, including 14,000 who were killed in deliberate attacks on civilian targets.

Hence, the Saudis’ aggression on Yemen has reappeared on the Washington agenda due to a partially classified report on US involvement in the conflict written by the State Department’s inspector general. The document’s unclassified sections, which were reported in the American media, reveal the magnitude of war crimes by Saudi and Emirati forces and their mercenaries, to the point that the US faces a risk of prosecution at the International Criminal Court.

Oona Hathaway, a former Department of Defense lawyer and now a Yale professor, told The New York Times: “If I were in the State Department, I would be freaking out about my potential for liability. I think anyone who’s involved in this program should get themselves a lawyer.”

Public and international pressure led Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, to freeze an arms deal with Riyadh in 2016 as a way of pressuring the Saudis to change their tactics in Yemen. One year later, Trump reversed that decision and opened the floodgates of US arms sales to the Saudis.

To Trump, Saudi Arabia, he said, has “nothing but cash,” which it uses to buy American services, protection and other goods. Regarding the slaughter of civilians in Yemen, he said the Saudis “don’t know how to use” American weapons.

Congress didn’t believe Trump’s explanations, and in April 2019, it passed a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to US military involvement in Yemen. Trump vetoed the resolution and circumvented the ban on arms sales to Riyadh by declaring a state of emergency over Iran, which allowed him to continue complying with Saudi requests.

The US government did budget $750 million to train Saudi soldiers and pilots on fighting in populated areas, with the goal of reducing harm to civilians. It also gave the Saudis a list of 33,000 targets they shouldn’t strike. But the Saudis don’t seem to have been overly impressed, and violations continue to this day.

Unlike Saudi Arabia, the UAE understood the dangers of its involvement in the war in Yemen and withdrew its forces, overcoming the ban on selling it F-35 fighter jets and other arms. It then overcame the “Israeli” obstacle by signing this month’s so-called “peace” deal.

MBS, who started the war in Yemen along with his father, is still wallowing in the Yemeni swamp that has complicated his relationship with the US. And that’s on top of his resounding failures in managing the Kingdom’s foreign policy, like forcing then-Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign, imposing a blockade on Qatar, waging an unsuccessful oil war with Russia that sent prices plummeting and abandoning the Palestinian issue.

Domestic issues haven’t gone that well for MBS either. His Vision 2030 is stumbling. The Kingdom’s treasury has had problems funding megalomaniac projects like his city of the future, which is supposed to involve three countries (Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan), diversify Saudi Arabia’s sources of income and reduce its dependence on oil. So far, it remains on paper.

He did boast an impressive achievement in the war on corruption when he detained dozens of billionaires at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and shook them down, but this was more about squeezing his political rivals’ windpipes than fighting corruption.

Accordingly, MBS can only envy his friend, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed [MBZ], the UAE’s de facto ruler who extricated his country from the war in Yemen and became Washington’s darling – not only because he normalized ties with the “Israeli” entity. And above all, he isn’t surrounded by hostile relatives.

So the question arises: Did all this happen in defiance of Salman’s wishes?

MBS who according to US intelligence didn’t hesitate to put his own mother under house arrest and keep her away from his father for fear she would work against him – may also prove to be someone who doesn’t see obeying his parents as a cardinal virtue. King Salman may be able to give speeches in support of the Palestinians, but his son, as defense minister, has the power to stage a coup against his father if he thinks this will serve him or his agenda, which might yet include normalizing ties with “Israeli” entity.

Why the Middle East “peace agreements” will fail to achieve their purpose

Why the Middle East “peace agreements” will fail to achieve their purpose

September 25, 2020

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog

This week, a third Arab country has reportedly agreed to submit to Washington’s pressure to normalize relations with the Zionist state. This was very much expected and I’m sure it didn’t catch most observers by surprise. In the end, I expect most of the shameful Arab League to submit since it is known that most of them have had secret dealings with the Zionist state since many years, if not decades ago. So why come out of the closet now? What is the purpose of these “peace agreements?”

Personal I find it rather humorous that they are calling these deals “peace agreements” since peace agreements are signed by countries who have been at war, not long-standing allies who have never fired a single bullet towards each other. But the purpose of these deals are unfortunately not to make us laugh, but to intimidate.

Washington has realized that it cannot remain in the Middle East for ever. This is not because the Islamic Republic of Iran has vowed to expel them, but because reality has finally caught up to them. They are hated in this region, every act of terror that they commit against the people of this region, be it through sanctions or bombs- will attract more support for the Resistance Axis, the only force that truly fights them in the Middle East.

Moreover, their own people have grown tired of these constant wars and acts of terror overseas, and with a 22 trillion dollar debt, their economy is no longer what it used to be. On top of that, they’ve been humiliated by their own allies on the world stage, who refuse to re-impose sanctions and embargoes on the Islamic Republic – despite the constant threats issued by the likes of Mike Pompeo.

Taking a step back from its traditional role of lead terrorizer of the world is also an outspoken foreign policy issue for US President Donald Trump. Trump has on many occasions made it clear that he considers many of Washington’s allies to be “free-riding” on Washington’s “generosity”. He has repeatedly told his NATO allies that they “must pay” for Washington’s supposed protection. The same has been said about Washington’s Persian Gulf vassals. I know some people would say these statements by Trump are just excuses to redeploy US troops closer to Russia and China, but if we play with the idea that Trump perhaps isn’t the 5-dimensional chess player that some believe him to be, I would say this:

Trump has been an outspoken critic of Washington’s role in the Middle East. He even admitted himself that Washington has killed “hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East” and that “the single greatest mistake we ever made was to go to the Middle East”.

So this takes us back to the so called “peace agreements”. Both the timing and the way they were presented by the media gives us many clues as to what Washington’s intentions are. Western diplomats, think tanks and journalists have been quick to call the “peace agreements” a “nightmare for Iran” and a “a major geo-strategic shift in the region”. Brian Hook, the former US State Department’s lead official on Iran, said the “agreement amounted to a ‘nightmare’ for Iran in its efforts against Israel in the region.” But why? What is their reasoning?

At first glance, if one were to follow the Western narrative, it would seem that Washington’s allies have all united against the Islamic Republic and now stand to offer a collective deterrence against Iran. But anyone who has even the slightest knowledge of Middle Eastern politics would reach the same conclusions that were stated above – peace agreements are signed by countries who have been at war, not long-standing allies who have never fired a single bullet towards each other.

Of course the timing for President Trump is also perfect. A few months before the US elections, he presents his own version of the Camp David Accords, which resulted in the normalization of relations between Israel and Egypt in 1978. He will certainly portray this as a great political victory for him at home.

But what Washington is really doing is merely posturing. This is what they’ve been doing for over 4 decades against the Islamic Republic. For Washington this will be a great way to exit the region without being thrown out and without compromising Israel’s security. But they’re not kidding themselves, they know that nothing has changed and that this is just more of a PR stunt than it is a “diplomatic coup”. Let’s be honest, no country will ever fear Bahrain or the UAE, and Washington knows this. Collectively the Arab League’s military forces would offer little resistance in a regional war against the Resistance Axis. These are the same Arab League armies that cannot even defeat the Houthis in Yemen despite massive Western assistance. Not only are they extremely incompetent, as proven on multiple occasions in Yemen where the Saudi Air Force has bombed their own forces on the ground, but they are also cowards, again proven in Yemen where Saudi forces have been filmed abandoning their superior US-made vehicles and running away from the field of battle.

It would seem that Washington’s eventual withdrawal from the Middle East is to the detriment of Israel’s interests rather than to the benefit. Unless of course we forget that Israel possesses nuclear weapons and that it probably won’t be long before the US and Israel will arm Saudi Arabia with Nuclear Weapons to target Iran. But still, the secret dealings between Israel and “some Arab states” as Zionist Chieftain Benjamin Netanyahu said years ago, the not-so-secret Israeli Nuclear Weapons arsenal and the fact that Washington’s potential “taking a step back” policy does not really mean that it wouldn’t come to the aid of Israel in a matter of minutes, don’t really strike anyone in the region as “shocking news”.

So what have these “Peace Agreements” really shown us? Nothing really. We all knew this day would come eventually. They were cautious when they sent the UAE and Bahrain out of the closet first, dipping their toes into the water to see the reaction of the people in the region. Seeing how the Arab league and most other countries didn’t really react with outrage, they are now sending more countries to step out and admit their shameful alliance with Israel. Really, the only thing that the Gulf monarchies have achieved is to write their own names into the history books as the shameful allies of a terrorist state. We have yet to see [at the time of writing 2020-09-25] which country will be the “third Arab state” to sign the agreement with the Zionist state, but it matters not, camps were chosen long ago despite not having been declared officially by some countries.

My bets are on Morocco by the way.

Sudan in The Footsteps of Emirates: Normalization for Wheat and Oil السودان على خطى الإمارات: التطبيع مقابل القمــح والنفط

Sudan in The Footsteps of Emirates: Normalization for Wheat and Oil

By Mai Ali – Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by Staff

Quickly encouraged by the US and UAE, Sudan is about to normalize relations with “Israel”, in the light of a civilian-military agreement to move in that direction, after the transitional government had tried to suggest that it had nothing to do with this issue. The marathon negotiations that aim to finalize the normalization file are held in Abu-Dhabi, in the middle of many American baits to Khartoum, starting with lifting sanctions and freeing it from the “foolishness” of terrorism.

Khartoum | In the midst of silence on the part of the transitional government, the head of Sudan’s “Sovereignty Council”, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, engaged in three party-negotiations in Abu-Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates [UAE], which involved, together with Sudan, the US and UAE. The negotiations treated a specific agenda that primarily included normalizing relations between Khartoum and Tel Aviv.

Although Abdallah Hamdok’s government washed it hands of the meeting between Burhan and the “Israeli” Prime Minister Netanyahu in Uganda’s Entebbe seven months ago, the presence of the Minister of Justice, Nasruddin Abdul Bari, among the delegation headed by al-Burhan in Abu-Dhabi two days ago, created a remarkable paradox. It comes especially that Abdul Bari has engaged, immediately upon arrival to the Emirati capital, in direct negotiations with a US administration team about lifting sanctions on Sudan, supporting the transitional period, exempting Sudan from American debts, and urging the “friendly” States to take similar steps towards it.

Thus, it appeared, for the first time, that there was obvious and public harmony between the civilian government and military component, especially after the head of Sudan’s “Sovereignty Council” had met, at his office last week, with the Minister of Justice, before they went to the UAE where they discussed the legal issues concerning lifting sanctions that the US has been imposing on Sudan since 1977 and removing Sudan from “the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism”. They also discussed the measures that these actions could require, and that Abdul Bari had started earlier by holding meetings with officials and jurists in Washington, which resulted in Sudan’s government approval for paying financial compensations for the families of the victims of the American destroyer “USS Cole”.

Concerning what observers considered to be a distribution of roles, Minister of Information, Muhammad Saleh, denied that the ministerial delegation accompanying al-Burhan had the mandate to discuss normalization with “Israel”, reiterating that the transitional government didn’t have any authorization by the Legislative Council to take decisions in such matters, which are among the tasks of an elected government. He added that the ministerial delegation was in Abu-Dhabi just to discuss removing Sudan from the “list of State Sponsors of Terrorism” and lifting economic sanctions on Sudan.

The head of Sudan’s “Sovereignty Council” is trying to promulgate that a country under sanctions could never dispose of them unless it normalizes with “Israel”. He had already justified his meeting with Netanyahu last February by saying that it was on the basis of “his responsibility and sense that hard work was crucial to maintain Sudan’s national security and ensure the highest interests of Sudanese people.”

This time, the proof seems clearer. He set the price that he wants in return for accepting normalization. It consists of a financial support worth $1,2 billion, earmarked for wheat and oil; a $2 billion grant or a 25-year loan; a commitment to provide Khartoum with economic aid from the UAE and the US; and the removal of Sudan from “the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism”, which was at the forefront of the Sudanese delegation’s demands. Some analysts considered that these demands were like a bait that the administration of US President, Donald Trump, threw to the Sudanese government to push it towards accepting normalization. In this context, a diplomatic source described, in a conversation with “al-Akhbar”, what the US was doing as a “notorious and exposed political blackmail”, and added that, however “Washington and Tel Aviv have wanted to obtain normalization at no cost”. The source added that “the military component was moving towards normalization, and it seemed that the civilian government had accepted on condition that it receives a cost, in other words, if normalization had a price, there would not be anything wrong with it.”

Trump’s administration is active, at the very highest level, to finalize the file concerning normalizing relations between Khartoum and Tel Aviv. This was obvious since the visit of US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, to Sudan last month, which fell within the frenetic endeavors of the current administration to ensure benefits that would help its President to achieve additional points in the expected electoral race. Thus, this administration scrambled to circumvent any possible pretext that Hamdok’s government might use, noted that the efforts of its broker, i.e. the Emirati ally, were early focused on the military component in the “Sovereignty Council”, on the grounds that the military was the closest to the UAE since the era of the former regime. Accordingly, there is concern that the current path leads to, as well as to open the door to “Israel”, enhance the Emirati intervention in Sudanese internal affairs. This is what the diplomatic source describes saying that “what the UAE was doing was more than intervention; Abu-Dhabi was leading and making decisions concerning the Sudanese affairs”, pointing out that “the military was, with or without knowledge, following the UAE that was pushing it towards finalizing the normalization file.”

السودان على خطى الإمارات: التطبيع مقابل القمــح والنفط

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السودان على خطى الإمارات: التطبيع مقابل القمــح والنفط
الخروج من شرنقة العقوبات لا يكون إلّا من بوابة التطبيع وفق ما يروّج له رئيس «مجلس السيادة» (أ ف ب )

بدفعٍ أميركي – إماراتي حثيث، يقترب السودان، أكثر فأكثر، من تطبيع علاقاته مع إسرائيل، في ظلّ توافق مدني – عسكري على المضيّ في هذا الاتجاه، بعدما حاولت الحكومة الانتقالية الإيحاء بأن لا يدَ لها في ذلك. المفاوضات الماراثونية الهادفة إلى حسم ملفّ التطبيع السوداني منعقدة في أبو ظبي، وسط كثرة الطعوم الأميركية الملقاة إلى الخرطوم، وفي مقدّمها رفع العقوبات عنها وتخليصها من «لوثة» الإرهابالخرطوم | وسط صمت من جانب الحكومة الانتقالية، ينخرط رئيس «مجلس السيادة» السوداني، عبد الفتاح البرهان، في مباحثات ثلاثية في العاصمة الإماراتية أبو ظبي، تضمّ، إلى جانب السودان، كلّاً من الولايات المتحدة الأميركية والإمارات، وتتناول أجندة محدّدة، على رأسها ملفّ تطبيع العلاقات بين الخرطوم وتل أبيب. وعلى رغم تنصّل حكومة عبد الله حمدوك، سابقاً، من اللقاء الذي جمع البرهان برئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي، بنيامين نتنياهو، في عنتيبي الأوغندية قبل سبعة أشهر، إلّا أن حضور وزير العدل، نصر الدين عبد الباري، ضمن وفد البرهان الموجود منذ يومين في أبو ظبي، يمثّل مفارقة لافتة، وخصوصاً أن عبد الباري انخرط، فور وصوله الى العاصمة الإماراتية، في تفاوض مباشر مع فريق مِن الإدارة الأميركية موجود هناك حول رفع العقوبات عن السودان، ودعم الفترة الانتقالية فيه، وإعفائه من الديون الأميركية، وحثّ الدول «الصديقة» على اتخاذ خطوات مماثلة تجاهه.

هكذا، بدا، هذه المرّة، أن ثمّة تناغماً واضحاً وعلنياً بين الحكومة المدنية والمكوّن العسكري، ولا سيما بعدما اجتمع رئيس «مجلس السيادة»، في مكتبه الأسبوع الماضي، بوزير العدل، قبل ذهابهما إلى الإمارات، وتباحثا في المسائل القانونية في ما يخصّ رفع العقوبات الاقتصادية التي تفرضها الولايات المتحدة على السودان منذ عام 1997، إلى جانب إزالة اسم السودان من «قائمة الدول الراعية للإرهاب»، وما يستدعيه ذلك من خطوات إجرائية كان قد بدأها عبد الباري، في وقت سابق، بعقده لقاءات مع مسؤولين وقانونيين في واشنطن، تَمخّضت عنها موافقة الحكومة السودانية على دفع تعويضات ماليّة لأسر ضحايا المدمّرة الأميركية «كول». وفي ما عدّه مراقبون نوعاً من توزيع الأدوار، خرج وزير الإعلام، فيصل محمد صالح، لينفي أن يكون الوفد الوزاري المرافِق للبرهان يحمل تفويضاً بمناقشة التطبيع مع إسرائيل، مكرّراً القول إن الحكومة الانتقالية لا تحمل تفويضاً من المجلس التشريعي يمنحها الحق في اتّخاذ قرارات مماثلة، وإن تلك القرارات من اختصاصات الحكومة المنتخبة. وأضاف صالح إن الوفد الوزاري الموجود في أبو ظبي ذهب لبحث رفع اسم السودان من «قائمة الإرهاب» ورفع العقوبات الاقتصادية عنه.

مصدر دبلوماسي: ما تقوم به الولايات المتحدة «ابتزاز سياسي مفضوح»


على أن الخروج من شرنقة العقوبات لا يكون إلّا من بوابة التطبيع وفق ما يروّج له رئيس «مجلس السيادة»، والذي سبق أن برّر لقاءه نتنياهو في شباط/ فبراير الماضي بأنه جاء انطلاقاً من «مسؤوليته واستشعاره بأهمية العمل الدؤوب لحفظ أمن الأمن الوطني السوداني وصيانته، وتحقيق المصالح العليا للشعب السوداني». أمّا هذه المرّة، فقد بدا البرهان أكثر وضوحاً، إذ وضع أمام مفاوضيه الثمن الذي يطلبه مقابل الموافقة على التطبيع، والمُتمثّل في دعم مالي قيمته 1,2 مليار دولار مخصّص للنفط والقمح، ومليارا دولار في صورة منحة أو قرض لمدة 25 عاماً، بالإضافة إلى الالتزام بتقديم مساعدات اقتصادية إماراتية وأميركية للخرطوم، فضلاً عن إزالة اسم السودان من «لائحة الإرهاب»، والتي تتصدّر مطالب الوفد السوداني. مطالبُ اعتبرها محلّلون بمثابة الطُّعْم الذي رمت به إدارة الرئيس الأميركي، دونالد ترامب، للحكومة السودانية لدفعها إلى قبول التطبيع. وفي هذا الإطار، يصف مصدر دبلوماسي، في حديث إلى «الأخبار»، ما تقوم به الولايات المتحدة بـ»الابتزاز السياسي المفضوح وغير الخفيّ»، مستدركاً بأن «واشنطن وتل أبيب تريدان الحصول على التطبيع من دون دفع أيّ شيء مقابل ذلك». ويضيف المصدر إن «المكوّن العسكري الآن يمضي في اتجاه التطبيع، والحكومة المدنية يبدو أنها وافقت مقابل أن تقبض الثمن، بمعنى أنه إذا وُجد مقابل للتطبيع فلا بأس في ذلك».

وتنشط إدارة ترامب، على أعلى المستويات، لإنهاء ملفّ تطبيع العلاقات بين الخرطوم وتل أبيب. وهو ما بدا واضحاً منذ الزيارة التي أجراها وزير الخارجية الأميركي، مايك بومبيو، إلى السودان، الشهر الماضي، والتي تندرج في إطار المساعي المحمومة للإدارة الحالية لتحقيق مكاسب تساعد رئيسها في تحقيق نقاط إضافية في السباق الانتخابي المنتظر. ولذا، سارعت هذه الإدارة إلى الالتفاف على أيّ حجج يمكن أن تتذرّع بها حكومة حمدوك، علماً بأن جهود وسيطها، أي الحليف الإماراتي، انصبّت باكراً في اتجاه المكوّن العسكري في «المجلس السيادي»، على اعتبار أن العسكر كانوا هم الأقرب إلى الإمارات منذ عهد النظام السابق. ومن هنا، يُخشى أن يؤدي المسار الحالي، فضلاً عن فتح الأبواب لإسرائيل، إلى تعزيز حضور الإمارات في الشأن الداخلي السوداني. وهو ما يعبّر عنه مصدر دبلوماسي بالقول إن «ما تقوم به الإمارات تَعدّى مرحلة التدخل إلى مرحلة أصبحت فيها أبو ظبي تقود وتقرّر في الشأن السوداني»، مشيراً إلى أن «العسكريين منقادون خلفها بعلم منهم أو من دون علم، وتدفعهم الحماسة إلى إنهاء ملفّ التطبيع».

 اشترك في «الأخبار» على يوتيوب هنامن ملف : ربيع إسرائيل في أفريقيا: السودان على خطى الإمارات

Analyst: An Islamic and United Front against Normalization

Analyst: An Islamic and United Front against Normalization

By Nour Rida

There has been recent agreements between the UAE and Bahrain with ‘Israel’ to open formal diplomatic ties as total departure from the Arab consensus over the resolution of the Palestinian issue. ‘Israel’ and the UAE on August 13 reached a deal that will lead to full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two sides, in an agreement apparently brokered by US President Donald Trump. Bahrain also signed the controversial and US-brokered normalization agreements with ‘Israel’ during a ceremony in Washington on Tuesday.

Commenting on the matter, political analyst and expert on Palestinian affairs, and also professor at the University of Tehran Dr. Hadi Borhani told al-Ahed news “At a certain point, all the countries of this region had opposed the presence of the ‘Israeli’ entity in the Middle East and this totally makes sense. ‘Israel’ and the ‘Israelis’ do not belong to the Middle East, they came from thousands of kilometers away from Europe. Their issue was an issue with Europe to begin with, and the British colonialists were the ones who exported this issue to the Middle East by bringing the ‘Israelis’ to the region. The people of the region are well aware of the Sikes-Picot agreement, the Balfour declaration issued by the British government and they saw with their bare eyes how ‘Israel’ occupied Arab and Muslim lands, kicked out its people and removed Palestine off the world map.”

According to the analyst, every person who has reason understands the ‘Israeli’ project and its aggressions and acknowledges it is an occupation. “The majority of the people of the region do enjoy this sense of reason and have eyes that see the reality, including regular people and rulers and officials. This is the general atmosphere. However, some country rulers and governments were pushed into this treason, as ‘Israel’ exploits their weakness points. The major issue in the region, in my opinion, is that Arab governments are busy accusing each other of extremism, westernization, and orientalism and turned these conflict with ‘Israeli’ to one among themselves.”

He went on to explain “You see this in the wars between Arab nationalism and Arab kingdoms, Islamist versus nationalist, etc. If these countries try to respect each other and put differences aside, then they can remain united in face of the ‘Israeli’ occupation and presence in the region. We also see pressure put on Egypt by cutting off the Nile waters, and on Sudan by promising it will be removed off the list of supporters of terrorism if it acknowledges ‘Israel’ as an independent state, and so on.”

Dr. Borhani also noted that “The region does not stand in a right position. If the governments of the region do not wake up and decide to take a serious stance on the presence of the ‘Israeli’ occupation, then the situation will keep deteriorating and it will take the region into historical misery. The countries of this region must be able to see and understand the history of this issue well and make a serious decision to get out of this cycle of humiliation. The first step towards such an accomplishment would be to recognize each other’s existence and differences in opinion and position. The countries of the region must avoid division and enmity and find areas of cooperation and synergy.”

As the expert expresses, “According to Imam Khomeini, if Muslims do not disperse, and unite together, and each one of them pours a bucket of water on ‘Israel’ that would be enough to solve the problem. But without such cooperation, even the most advanced weapons cannot do anything because these weapons are used to weaken each other and that strengthens ‘Israel.’”

Touching on Kuwait’s stance, Dr. Borhani praised Kuwait for its good position on the Palestinian issue. “Kuwait’s relations with Palestine are rooted in history. This position is not only limited to its rejection to the normalization with ‘Israel’ today. Many Palestinian refugees grew up in Kuwait. Many pro-Palestinian organizations were supported by Kuwait as well. This all goes back to the status of Kuwait; its democracy is the best among the GCC and many Arab league countries. Also, the Assembly of the nation of Kuwait is a real assembly and that makes the voice of the people heard. The majority of people in Kuwait oppose ‘Israeli’ presence, and so the resistance against ‘Israel’ will continue in that small country. Moreover, Kuwait is a country of education and culture and this matters a lot. Hence, we can say that the Kuwaiti people are aware of the history of the region and the history of colonization and the occupation of Palestine. This awareness for sure has a positive effect on Kuwait’s position on the Palestinian issue and all Arab countries should follow its lead.” 

As for Iran’s position, Dr. Borhani said that Iran is the most important provider of security in the Persian Gulf. “The security of the Gulf waterway is vital for Iran and the region. ‘Israel’s’ presence in these waters is a matter of concern and could affect the security of the region. Iran has made it clear to the UAE and Bahrain that the countries that provided the ground for ‘Israel’ are responsible for any insecurity and disturbance in the region.”

In terms of Iran’s position, the analyst concluded that “Iran must avoid unilateralism and take positions that are supported and approved by Arab nations and the countries of the region. Iran must enter into serious cooperation with Arab countries to counter the normalization of relations and form an Islamic front against normalization. Many countries in the region oppose normalization. Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Palestine and other countries are in this group.”

Algerian President: Palestinian Cause Remains Sacred (VIDEO)

September 24, 2020

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. (Photo: File)

The right of the Palestinian people to have a state with Jerusalem as its capital is not subject to bargain, the Algerian president said on Wednesday, Anadolu reports.

Abdelmadjid Tebboune’s remarks came at a speech he delivered at the 75th UN General Assembly via video link.

“The Palestinian cause remains a sacred cause for Algeria and its people,” Tebboune said.

He went on to express firm support for the Palestinian people and their “inalienable” right to establish their independent, sovereign state with Jerusalem as its capital.

On Sept. 15, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed US-brokered normalization agreements with Israel at the White House; ignoring the Palestinian rejection. Yet, Riyadh has not declared its rejection or support for these agreements.

Tebboune also stressed in his speech the need to accelerate a comprehensive UN reform to improve its performance and to ensure fair representation of the African continent in the Security Council in line with the Sirte Declaration.

The African Union summit held in Sirte, Libya, in 2005 came out with the Sirte Declaration calling for a comprehensive UN reform and ensuring representation of the continent in the Security Council with two permanent and five non-permanent seats.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Road to Saudi Ties with ‘Israel’ Being Paved, Cautiously

Road to Saudi Ties with ‘Israel’ Being Paved, Cautiously

By Staff, AP

Although Saudi Arabia has made its official position on the region’s longest-running conflict clear, claiming that full ties between the kingdom and the Zionist entity can only happen when ‘peace’ is reached with the Palestinians, state-backed Saudi media and clerics are signaling change is already underway with ‘Israel.’

It is a matter that can only happen under the directives of the country’s heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS].

“It’s no secret there’s a generational conflict,” said New York-based Rabbi Marc Schneier, who serves as an advisor to Bahrain’s king and has held talks in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to promote stronger ties with the ‘Israeli’ entity.

Gulf capitals have been increasingly looking to the Palestine-occupier entity as an ally to defend against common rival Iran amid quiet concerns about the direction of US foreign policy and the uncertainty around the upcoming presidential election. But it’s not only countering Iran that’s brought ‘Israel’ and Arab states closer in recent years.

The rabbi said the former Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman, told him that the top priority of his brother, MBS, is reforming the Saudi economy.

“He said these exact words: ‘We will not be able to succeed without ‘Israel’.’ So for the Saudis, it’s not a question of ‘if,’ it’s a question of ‘when.’ And there’s no doubt that they will establish relations with ‘Israel’,” Schneier said.

Prominent Saudi royal, Prince Turki al-Faisal, insisted that “any talk of a rift between the king and the crown prince is mere speculation.”

“We’ve seen none of that,” said the prince, who served for years as head of intelligence and briefly as ambassador to the US.

In a phone call with US President Donald Trump on September 6, King Salman repeated his commitment to the Arab ‘Peace’ Initiative, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency. The initiative offers ‘Israel’ normal ties with Arab states in return for Palestinian statehood on territory the Zionist entity occupied in 1967 — a deal that starkly contradicts the Trump administration’s Middle East so-called ‘Deal of the Century’.

When the White House announced last month the United Arab Emirates and ‘Israel’ agreed to establish full diplomatic ties — a move matched by Bahrain weeks later — Saudi Arabia refrained from criticizing the deal or hosting summits condemning the decision, despite Palestinian requests to do so.

It also approved the use of Saudi airspace for ‘Israeli’ flights to the UAE, a decision announced the day after Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, met with Prince Mohammed in Riyadh. Kushner has been pushing Arab states to normalize ties with the Zionist entity.

Prince Turki said Arab states should demand a high price for normalizing ties with ‘Israel.’ He said ‘Israel’ remains “the stumbling block in all of these efforts.”

Relatively, Raghida Dergham, a longtime Arab columnist and co-chair with Prince Turki of the Beirut Institute Summit in Abu Dhabi, said younger generations in the Middle East want normality rather than a confiscation of ambitions and dreams.

“They want solutions not a perpetuation of rejection,” said Dergham, whose Beirut Institute e-policy circles have tackled questions about the future of the region and its youth.

When the UAE-‘Israel’ deal was announced in August, the top trending hashtag on Twitter in Saudi Arabia was against normalization with ‘Israel.’ Still, public criticism in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain has largely been muted, in part because these governments suppress free speech.

“It is very hard to get accurate data, even when polling people,” said Yasmine Farouk, a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Farouk said public opinion on ‘Israel’ in Saudi Arabia is diverse and complex, with opinions varying among different age groups and among liberals and conservatives. She said there is an effort to prepare the Saudi public for change and to shape public debate around ‘Israel.’

As Saudi Arabia prepares to mark its 90th National Day on Wednesday, clerics across the country were directed to deliver sermons about the importance of obeying the ruler to preserve unity and peace.

Earlier this month, the imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Sheikh Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, delivered another state-backed sermon on the importance of dialogue in international relations and kindness to non-Muslims, specifically mentioning Jews.

He concluded by saying the Palestinian cause must not be forgotten, but his words caused a stir on social media, with many seeing the remarks as further evidence of the groundwork being laid for Saudi-‘Israeli’ ties.

The English-language Saudi daily, Arab News, which has been featuring op-eds by rabbis, changed its social media banner on Twitter this past Friday to say “Shana Tova,” the Jewish New Year greeting.

Palestinians Fear Cost Of Arab States’ Normalization with ‘Israel’: PA Quits Arab League Chairmanship

Palestinians Fear Cost Of Arab States’ Normalization with ‘Israel’

By Staff, The Guardian

Diplomatic breakthroughs between the Zionist entity and Gulf monarchies have revealed fissures in the relationship between Palestine and Arab governments, raising questions over whether they can still be relied on to champion the Palestinian cause.

For years, the Zionist occupation regime has vigorously pursued ties with the Arab world, focusing on powerful Gulf countries with whom it shares a ‘common enemy’ in Iran and who crave its hi-tech security and espionage products.

Last week, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed accords with the ‘Israeli’ entity at a White House ceremony to establish an open business and diplomatic relationship.

The public ties smashed apart widespread isolation of the ‘Israeli’ entity in the region – a decades-old policy the Palestinian leadership saw as vital leverage in its struggle for independence.

“We definitely feel betrayed,” said senior Palestinian politician Saeb Erekat, condemning the deals as a “tremendous encouragement for the ‘Israeli’ government to continue their occupation”.

Relatively, US President Donald Trump said several more Arab states would soon announce their intention to sign similar deals, suggesting a more substantive shift.

In the West Bank and Gaza, the Washington-dubbed so-called “Abraham accords” did not come as a surprise, but still hurt.

“Relationships are based on pure interest. Nobody cares about the Palestinian issue,” said Shadi Abu Samra, a 35-year-old social worker from the city of Ramallah. “I am not at all astonished. It was expected one day. There have been relations for a long time between ‘Israel’ and the Gulf states.”

Dalia Karazon, a mathematics teacher from the same city, said she was frustrated that the UAE and Bahrain claimed the accords would help the Palestinians. “They can do whatever they want, but they should not relate that to our interest, because our interest is to end the occupation and not reconcile with it.”

Arafat al-Daf, a 21-year-old student from Gaza, said the move simply added to Palestinian disappointment, “from ourselves, from the Arabs, from the world”.

Palestinian officials warned that regional pressure is more critical now than it has been for years. Threats of further regional isolation, they say, helped dissuade ‘Israel’ from going ahead this summer with its much-publicized plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. “The Arabs had a major role,” said one Palestinian official on condition of anonymity.

Under the ‘Israeli’ normalization deal with the UAE, it agreed to “suspend” annexation, but critics of the deal say that clause was only added as lip service to the Palestinian issue. Meanwhile, politicians in the ‘Israeli’-occupied territories argue the annexation plan is still a priority.

PA Quits Arab League Chairmanship Unhonored to See Arab States Rush to Normalize with the Occupation

PA Quits Arab League Chairmanship: Unhonored to See Arab States Rush to Normalize with the Occupation

By Staff

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyadh al-Maliki announced Palestine’s decision to quit the post of currently leading the Arab League citing its latest conspiracy.

“What we’ve witnessed in the recent meeting reflects the Arab League’s collusion,” al-Maliki stated.

He further hinted that the United States’ attempts to drag other nations to normalize have been hindered.

The minister also pointed that the Palestinian Authority is contacting all countries to stabilize their stances and secede from the US pressure.

“We are not honored to see Arab States rushing to normalize ties with the occupation during our chairmanship of the Arab League,” he announced.

The Palestinian minister further added that the PA is following the promotion of names of countries that will imitate that Bahraini and UAE steps toward normalization.

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Yemeni Houthis Vow To Fight Israeli Plots As Netanyahu Signs Historic Deal With UAE, Bahrain

Yemeni Houthis Vow To Fight Israeli Plots As Netanyahu Signs Historic Deal  With UAE, Bahrain
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The Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) continues pounding Saudi Arabia with drones and missiles.

Late on September 17, the Yemeni Air Force loyal to the Houthi government struck Abha International Airport in the Saudi province of Asir with Samad 3 combat drones, which can be used as loitering munitions. The Houthis claimed that the strike hit a military section of the airport causing material damage and casualties among Saudi forces.

The military infrastructure in the Abha airport area and southern Saudi Arabia itself has regularly become a target of Houthi missile and drone strikes. Just during the past month, Abha International Airport was targeted by at least 4 drone and missile strikes. The Saudi capital of Riyadh and oil infrastructure in the central part of the Kingdom are also not out of danger. The Houthis demonstrated this several times during the past few years. The most recent strike on Riyadh took place just a few days ago.

The September 17 attack, together with regular strikes on other targets inside the Kingdom, showed that efforts of the Saudi Air Force to destroy missile stockpiles and launching sites in Yemen did not lead to any notable impact.

Saudi proxies fighting the Houthis on the ground are also in a state of retreat. During the past few days, they lost even more positions south of the Marib provincial capital retreating from Najd al-Majmaa, Habisah, Ajam al-Sud and al-Atf.

The Maas Camp west of Marib city still remains in the hands of Saudi-backed forces. However, this stronghold is the last obstacle for the advancing Houthi forces in this part of the province. If the defense of pro-Saudi forces continues to crumble, the Maas Camp will be fully isolated and captured.

In the southern part of Marib province, Houthis and their local allies captured the area of Rahum. Here, the mid-term target of the Houthi advance is the town of Hurayb, located on the administrative border between the provinces of Marib and Shabwah.

It is interesting to note that the Houthi leadership recently declared that it stands against the US-promoted normalization with Israel and reaffirmed its support to Palestine. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi even stated that actions of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain contribute to Israeli plots against Muslim countries. He claimed that Yemen has become the target of the Saudi-led intervention due to Yemen’s alleged resistance to the Israeli agenda in the region.

On September 15, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially signed historic peace treaties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington. The development is a major foreign policy victory for the administration of US President Donald Trump and its Israeli allies. The event was attended by Trump himself who noted that the courage of the Israeli and Arab leaders enabled these countries “to take a major stride toward a future where people of all faiths live together in peace and prosperity.”

On the other hand, the US State Department has already declared that the UAE and Israel could forge an alliance against Iran. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, key US regional allies, will likely become a part of this effort. Therefore, the announced ‘peace and prosperity’ plan apparently includes a further strengthening of the pressure on Iran and even increases of chances of a potential military action against the republic.

The ongoing normalization campaign also triggered a new escalation in the Gaza Strip, including the exchange of strikes between Palestinian armed groups and Israel, as well as political instability in Bahrain. The population of Bahrain appears to be unhappy with the decision of the country’s leadership.

The modern Middle East could easily be compared with a powder keg that is ready to explode at any moment.

Exposing the “Gulf Israelization” كشف حساب «أسرلة الخليج»

TRANSLATION

ناصر قنديل

الأكيد أن ذهاب حكومات الإمارات والبحرين نحو اتفاقات وتفاهمات تتضمن التطبيع والتعاون الأمني مع كيان الاحتلال، وفرضية لحاق سلطنة عمان بهما، ما كان ليصير لولا الموافقة السعودية التي عبّرت عن نفسها بفتح الأجواء أمام طيران الكيان، وفي ظل تأكيدات إعلام الكيان لحجم العلاقة السعودية الإسرائيلية من جهة، وللتعاون المشترك مع السعودية والإمارات في الحرب على اليمن، وفي ظل فتوى مستغرَبة عن إمام الحرم المكي يشرّع فيه اغتصاب الأرض الفلسطينية أمام المستوطنين، متحدثاً عن حق تاريخي مزعوم يتقاطع مع الخرافة الصهيونية لأرض الميعاد. يضاف إلى ذلك ما قاله الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب بعد محادثة مع الملك السعودي سلمان بن عبد العزيز، عن قرب الالتحاق السعودي بركب التطبيع ولم تنفه السعودية، رغم أنه أعاد تأكيد كلامه في حفل التوقيع، والأكيد أن صيغة تعامل الحكومات التي سارت بالتطبيع تعبر عن شعورها بالمأزق، سواء بادعاء الحديث عن مكاسب مقابلة للتطبيع تتصل بإلغاء إجراءات ضم الضفة الغربية، نفاها رئيس حكومة كيان الاحتلال بنيامين نتنياهو، أو ببيانات متلاحقة تتحدث عن ترابط التفاهمات التطبيعية مع التزامات أميركية وإسرائيلية بحل للقضية الفلسطينية وفقاً لصيغة الدولتين، رغم أن صفقة القرن نسفت الصيغة من جذورها، وصولاً لمستوى منخفض في التمثيل في حفل التوقيع، بغياب الملك البحريني وولي العهد الإماراتي، رغم ما يفرضه حضور الرئيس الأميركي ورئيس حكومة الكيان.

الأكيد أننا أمام أسرلة الخليج تعويضاً لفشل كيان الاحتلال في فرض محاولات تغيير التوازنات وقواعد الاشتباك على جبهات جنوب لبنان وفلسطين وسورية، والأكيد أن المكاسب الأميركية والإسرائيلية واضحة، تكتيكياً بالاستعراض الانتخابي الذي يحتاجه كل من ترامب ونتنياهو، واستراتيجياً بالتموضع على ضفاف الخليج في وجه إيران، وبينهما مكاسب اقتصادية يراهن عليها الإسرائيلي وعلى رأسها تعزيز مكانة مرفأ حيفا واستغلال غياب مرفأ بيروت عن الخريطة، في توقيت مريب لترابط الحدثين، لكن السؤالين المرادفين هما، هل هذه المكاسب تعني تحولاً في الموازين، وما هي مكاسب الحكومات الخليجية الموازية، خصوصاً أن طبيعة المشكلات التي تعصف بالكيان والمجتمع الأميركي وتحدد أولويات الناخبين لا يغير فيها الاستعراض الذي شهده البيت الأبيض، وأن مقابل هذه المكاسب من الواضح أن السياق الناتج عن مسار الأسرلة الخليجي يفتح باب ديناميكية أمنية وسياسية فلسطينية كانت الوحدة أول عناوينها، وتتجه نحو معادلة الانتفاضة الشاملة التي قالت التجارب إنها وحدها تعيد صياغة المشهد العربي الشعبي والسياسي، رغم أنف الحكومات، وبالتوازي يفتح باب متغيرات في الأمن الخليجي أبرزها سحب الوساطة الإيرانية مع أنصار الله لتحييد الإمارات من دائرة الاستهداف الناتج عن مشاركتها في الحرب على اليمن، وما قد يترتب على ضربات يمنية موجعة للإمارات، التي يصفها اليمنيون بمدن الزجاج.

في التوازنات الحاكمة للمنطقة، تقول التجارب التاريخية إن معيار القوة الأميركية والإسرائيلية يتحدد بعنوانين ثابتين، الأول هو القدرة على شن الحروب، ولا يبدو أن أحداً يتوهم إضافة لموازين القوى يمثلها ضم البحرين والإمارات لجبهة اختبرت قواها الفعلية في ذروتها بشراكة الخليج والناتو وضمنه تركيا ومعهما أميركا و»إسرائيل» في الحرب على سورية، وكانت نتيجته الفشل وتفكك حلف الحرب، والثاني هو القدرة على عزل الشعوب في المنطقة عن خيار المقاومة عبر تعزيز أوهام التفاوض والتسويات، وفرصها انطلاقاً من البوابة الفلسطينية، انطلاقاً من إدراك تاريخي لصناع القرار في واشنطن بأن وضع الشعوب في المنطقة والشعب الفلسطيني تحت مظلة وهم التفاوض والتسوية هو أكبر خدمة تقدم لكيان الاحتلال، وأن الانتقال من هذا المربع إلى إسقاط فرص التفاوض وسد أبواب التسويات، يضع شعوب المنطقة وفي مقدّمتها شعب فلسطين في طريق التوحّد وراء خيار المقاومة، ويستدرج وضعاً أشد صعوبة على كيان الاحتلال، لا يمكن لواشنطن سلوكه إلا عندما تعتقد أن كيان الاحتلال فقد قدرة التحرك، وأن مسؤولية حمايته باتت عهدة أميركية، وأن إقامة الجدران حول الكيان يجب أن تتوسّع لحدود ضمان الأمن الإسرائيلي، بوجه محور المقاومة، أسوة بجدار الفصل العنصري في فلسطين وجدران الحماية التي يتم السعي إليها في مواجهة جنوب لبنان وغزة والجولان، وصولاً لجدران الخليج الذي يتم تحويله لخط دفاع أمامي في أي مواجهة مقبلة تهدّد أمن الكيان.

التدقيق في المصالح الخليجية يكشف بوضوح ضعف الحجج التي تساق للدفاع عن اتفاقات التطبيع، ومحاولات ابتداع أسباب موجبة مصلحية، فالأمن الخليجي سيصير أشد عرضة للتهديد بدلاً من الحماية، والمصالح الاقتصادية ستكون مهددة بالطموحات والأطماع والمقدرات التي تملكها المصارف والشركات التي تملكها اللوبيات اليهودية في العالم والتي كانت تتردد باتخاذ كيان الاحتلال مقراً لها، ستتجه نحوه كمقر بما فيها تلك التي كانت تتخذ من دبي والمنامة مقراً، ومرفأ حيفا سيشطب فرص التوجه الأوروبي نحو الخليج من جداول رحلات السفن نحو جبل علي، والتماسك الداخلي سيتعرض للاهتزاز عندما يبدأ التموضع الإسرائيلي وما يرافقه من العبث، وإذا كانت إيران تتصرف قبل أسرلة الخليج بمنطق الحرص على التهدئة، فإن ما بعد الأسرلة يمنح إيران خط تماس على مرمى حجر بمشروعية كاملة مع المصالح الأميركية الإسرائيلية في ظل الكلام الخليجي الأميركي الإسرائيلي عن حلف أمني عسكري بوجه إيران.

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Beyond the Gratuitous Normalization: An Escalating War on Palestine ما بعد التطبيع المجّاني: نحو تسعير الحرب على فلسطين

Beyond the Gratuitous Normalization: An Escalating War on Palestine

By Ali Haidar – Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by Staff

With the opening of a new era in the region, titled “The Declared Arab Alliances with the ‘Israeli’ Enemy”, the war on Palestine is moving towards more extensive levels, in order to escalate pressure on the Palestinians and force them to accept the fait accompli. The statements –published yesterday- of the American ambassador to “Israel”, David Friedman, in which he claimed that the Arabic-‘Israeli’ conflict has reached “the beginning of the end”, are perhaps a clear proof of that. In parallel, there are continued talks about the intention of other states to join normalization, in the light of exposing further information about the trajectory that led to this result, and which was commanded by the Mossad over the past years

After the Emirati and Bahraini regimes have accomplished their task, which is enhancing political, security and economic supplies to the enemy entity, in the context of the war that it is waging against Palestinians and the region, eyes are now focused on the Saudi regime, which is awaiting its next task to be outlined and waiting for setting the time at which it will take the lead of the Gulf States. These states are working on distorting the direction of the conflict to make it fit the “Israeli” priorities and interests. In this context, Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen repeated, in an interview with the entity’s “Channel 12”, that the deal with Saudi Arabia was “within reach”, expressing his conviction that the deal might be sealed “during the current year”. He reiterated that many states, whether Gulf States or others, will join the normalization deals. “Israeli” reports mentioned that Oman was the next state to normalize, as it dispatched its ambassador in Washington to the signing ceremony for the ‘Israel’-Bahrain-UAE “Peace Deal” at the White House.

This ceremony, with all the following seasons of the same series, are just a result of a secret or declared trajectory that has been ongoing for years. This trajectory was supervised by the Mossad, who has to manage relations with non-normalizing states, as one of its official missions. This is what Cohen himself has confirmed, when he said that “The body was always working on creating relationships at various levels. These relations could be, at the beginning, economic, commercial or reciprocal concerning understanding regional and international security relations.” He added that “We all seek, in the end, official relations with Arab States”. Building on this, Cohen considered the two “Israeli” deals with the UAE and Bahrain to be “the culmination of years of efforts and communications that have been managed in a pretty accurate way.” These efforts are being made by the Mossad which comes under the direct authority of the Prime Minister, so the political level brings their rewards. Besides, the Mossad has many plans that target –as declared in the “Israeli” political and media discourse- the Palestinian cause firstly, then Iran secondly since it is considered to be the strategic depth of the axis of Resistance. Concerning this, Cohen said that the signed agreements with the UAE and Bahrain are a great message which is more important than the idea of supporting “Israel”. He added that the agreements were a strategic change in the war against Iran.

Although the attempts to give the ‘Israeli’-UAE and ‘Israeli’-Bahraini deals a strategic nature seem to be exaggerated given the two States’ size and regional role, the situation will be different when Saudi Arabia joins them. It would be possible then to talk about a new regional map that has a strategic nature. However, the engagement of all these regimes in the normalization has less consequences than Egypt’s exit from the confrontation with “Israel”, through the “Camp David Accords” in 1979, which created a radical transformation in the balance of power to the benefit of the “Israeli” enemy. This transformation needed another one on the opposite side, in the magnitude of the Iranian Revolution, to contain its consequences, and realign the movement of the regional reality in directions that are different from the ones for which the enemy was planning four decades ago.

Concerning the direct consequences of the two agreements, it is highly unlikely that the Zionist entity will play a direct role in protecting the regimes that are newly normalizing with “Israel”, or that it will engage in a military intervention for their sake. Also, it is unlikely that “Israel” will take the initiative, in the foreseeable future, to set up military bases in the Gulf as some are saying, simply because the entity doesn’t want to put direct military targets in front of its enemies, since they could restrict its ability to make aggressive operational choices in the region, especially against Iran. On the other hand, the normalizing regimes will continue playing a military role to the benefit of Tel Aviv, but this time, with a fake political legitimacy.  

Regarding the Palestinian cause, it is obvious that the establishment of a new era, titled “The Declared Arab Alliances with the ‘Israeli’ Enemy”, absolutely means the amplification of the attempts to end the Palestinian cause. Accordingly, it seems that the next stage will see an escalating aggression against Palestinians, with the participation of the normalizing regimes that think that the insistence of Palestinians on keeping their cause alive will undermine their efforts and plans, and constitute a durable conviction of them. Hence, they will treat every Palestinian stance that claims one of the Palestinians’ minimum rights as a missile that targets their thrones.

The American ambassador to “Israel”, David Friedman, is the one who opened the direct war against Palestine and its people, by attacking Palestinians again, and considering the Arab-‘Israeli’ conflict to have reached the “beginning of the end” in the light of the normalization agreements. In a clear message to Ramallah, Friedman revealed, in a conversation with the “Israeli” newspaper “Israel Hayom”, that the United States was thinking of replacing the former leader of Fatah movement, Mohammed Dahlan, by the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas; but “they didn’t want to reorganize the Palestinian leadership.” It seems that Friedman wanted to suggest that Ramallah’s insistence on rejecting normalization, and refusing the Palestinian legalization of it, will make Washington more willing to topple the current leadership. Friedman sees that “this leadership didn’t stop upholding the same old complaints, which had nothing to do with this issue.”

In parallel, Washington and Tel Aviv are still refusing to provide the UAE and Bahrain with an umbrella, even a fake one, for their normalization choices. Friedman has stressed that the postponement of the annexation plan was just a “temporary suspension”, pointing out that the current US administration was the first one to recognize the legitimacy of settlement, and to share a “Peace plan” that excludes the evacuation of settlers from their homes across the West Bank. Friedman had previously indicated that the West Bank was a part of “Israel”.


ما بعد التطبيع المجّاني: نحو تسعير الحرب على فلسطين

ما بعد التطبيع المجّاني: نحو تسعير الحرب على فلسطين
سيختلف الأمر لدى انضمام النظام السعودي، إذ يمكن عندها الحديث عن خارطة إقليمية جديدة تتّسم بطابع استراتيجي (أ ف ب )

مع افتتاح حقبة جديدة في المنطقة عنوانها التحالفات العربية المعلَنة مع العدو الإسرائيلي، تتّجه الحرب على فلسطين وداعميها نحو فصول أكثر شراسة، بهدف تصعيد الضغوط على الفلسطينيين وإجبارهم على قبول الأمر الواقع. ولعلّ التصريحات التي نُشرت أمس للسفير الأميركي في إسرائيل، ديفيد فريدمان، والتي ادّعى فيها أن الصراع العربي – الإسرائيلي وصل إلى «بداية النهاية»، تُعدّ دليلاً واضحاً على ذلك. على خطّ موازٍ، يتواصل الحديث عن اعتزام دول إضافية الانضمام إلى ركب التطبيع، في ظلّ انكشاف المزيد من المعطيات حول المسار الذي قاد إلى هذه النتيجة، والذي تزعّمه «الموساد» على مرّ السنوات الماضية.

بعدما أكمل النظامان الإماراتي والبحريني مهمّتهما التي أُوكلت إليهما في تعزيز الإمداد السياسي والأمني والاقتصادي لكيان العدو في سياق الحرب التي يشنّها على شعوب فلسطين والمنطقة، تَتوجّه الأنظار نحو النظام السعودي الذي ينتظر اكتمال رسم معالم الخطوة المطلوبة منه، وتحديد توقيت تصدّره القافلة الخليجية التي تعمل على حرف وجهة الصراع نحو أولويات تتماهى مع المصالح والأولويات الإسرائيلية. وفي هذا الإطار، أعاد رئيس «الموساد»، يوسي كوهين، في مقابلة مع «القناة 12» في التلفزيون الإسرائيلي، الحديث عن أن الاتفاق مع السعودية «في متناول اليد»، معبّراً عن اقتناعه بإمكانية تحقق ذلك «خلال هذا العام»، مجدّداً القول إن العديد من الدول، الخليجية وغير الخليجية، سينضمّ أيضاً إلى ركب التطبيع، فيما تحدّثت تقارير إسرائيلية عن أن «الدولة التالية ستكون سلطنة عُمان»، التي أوفدت سفيرها في واشنطن إلى مراسم توقيع اتفاقيتَي «السلام» مع الإمارات والبحرين في البيت الأبيض.

مراسمُ ليست، وما سيعقبها من حلقات إضافية في المسلسل نفسه، إلا نتيجة لمسار سرّي وعلني امتدّ على مدار السنوات السابقة، وأشرف عليه جهاز «الموساد»، الذي من مهمّاته الرسمية إدارة العلاقات مع الدول غير المُطبّعة. هذا ما أكّده كوهين بنفسه، بحديث عن أن جهازه «يعمل دائماً للوصول إلى وضع نقيم فيه علاقات على مستويات مختلفة. ويمكن أن تكون في البداية علاقات اقتصادية، وعلاقات تجارية، وعلاقات تبادلية في فهم الأحداث الأمنية – الإقليمية والدولية. في النهاية، أعتقد أن هدفنا جميعاً هو الوصول إلى علاقات رسمية مع الدول العربية». وانطلاقاً من ذلك، اعتبر كوهين الاتفاقيتين الإسرائيليتين مع الإمارات والبحرين «تتويجاً لسنوات من الجهود والاتصالات التي تدار بطريقة دقيقة للغاية». هذه الجهود التي يبذلها «الموساد»، التابع مباشرة لرئيس الوزراء، يقطف ثمارها المستوى السياسي، ويؤسّس عليها مخططات تستهدف مباشرة، كما هو معلن في الخطاب السياسي والإعلامي الإسرائيلي، قضية فلسطين أولاً، وإيران تالياً باعتبارها العمق الاستراتيجي لمحور المقاومة. عن هذا، قال كوهين إن «الاتفاقيات الموقّعة مع البحرين والإمارات تعتبر رسالة كبيرة جدّاً تتجاوز فكرة دعم إسرائيل. الاتفاقيات هي تغيير استراتيجي في الحرب ضدّ إيران».

من المستبعد جدّاً أن يلعب الكيان العبري دوراً مباشراً في حماية الأنظمة المُطبّعة


وعلى رغم أن محاولات إضفاء الطابع الاستراتيجي على الاتفاقيتين الإسرائيليتين مع النظامَين البحريني والإماراتي تبدو مبالغاً فيها، بلحاظ حجم الدولتين ودورهما الإقليمي، إلا أن الأمر سيختلف لدى انضمام النظام السعودي إليهما، إذ يمكن عندها الحديث عن خارطة إقليمية جديدة تتّسم بطابع استراتيجي. على أن إقدام كلّ تلك الأنظمة على التطبيع لا يوازي في تداعياته خروج مصر من المواجهة مع اسرائيل، عبر «اتفاقية كامب ديفيد» عام 1979، والتي أحدثت تحوّلاً جذرياً في موازين القوى لمصلحة العدو. وهو تحوّلٌ كان يحتاج إلى آخر مقابل بحجم ثورة إيران لاحتواء تداعياته، وإعادة تصويب حركة الواقع الإقليمي في اتجاهات مغايرة لِما كان يُخطَّط له قبل أربعة عقود.

في التداعيات المباشرة للاتفاقيتين الأخيرتين، من المستبعد جدّاً أن يلعب الكيان العبري دوراً مباشراً في حماية الأنظمة المُطبّعة معه حديثاً، أو أن يذهب إلى حدود التدخل العسكري لمواجهة أيّ تهديد تتعرّض له. كذلك، يستبعد أن تبادر إسرائيل، في المدى المنظور، إلى نصب قواعد عسكرية لها في الخليج وفق ما يجري تداوله أحياناً، والسبب – ببساطة – أنها لا تريد وضع أهداف عسكرية مباشرة أمام العدو، يمكن أن تُقيّد قدرتها على اتخاذ خيارات عملانية عدوانية في المنطقة، خصوصاً تجاه إيران. في المقابل، ستواصل الأنظمة المُطبّعة لعب دور أمني لمصلحة تل أبيب، لكن هذه المرّة مع شرعية سياسية مصطنعة.

في ما يتعلّق بقضية فلسطين، من الواضح أن التأسيس لحقبة جديدة عنوانها التحالفات العربية المعلنة مع كيان العدو، يعني بالضرورة تزخيم محاولات تصفية القضية الفلسطينية. ومن هنا، يبدو أن المرحلة المقبلة ستشهد تصاعداً في العدوان على الشعب الفلسطيني، بمشاركة من أنظمة التطبيع التي تعتقد أن إصرار الفلسطينيين على إبقاء قضيّتهم حية سيُقوِّض الكثير من جهودها ومخطّطاتها، وسيشكّل إدانة مستمرّة لها. ولذا، فهي ستتعامل مع كلّ موقف فلسطيني يطالب بالحدّ الأدنى من الحقوق على أنه بمثابة صاروخ مُوجّه إلى عروشها.

تسعير الحرب المباشرة على فلسطين وشعبها افتتحه السفير الأميركي في إسرائيل، ديفيد فريدمان، بمهاجمة الفلسطينيين من جديد، واعتباره أن الصراع العربي – الإسرائيلي وصل إلى «بداية النهاية» في ظلّ اتفاقيات التطبيع. وفي رسالة واضحة الدلالة إلى رام الله، كشف فريدمان، في حديث إلى صحيفة «إسرائيل اليوم»، أن الولايات المتحدة الأميركية تدرس استبدال القيادي السابق في حركة «فتح» محمد دحلان، برئيس السلطة محمود عباس، مستدركاً بأنه «ليست لدينا رغبة في هندسة القيادة الفلسطينية». والظاهر أن فريدمان أراد الإيحاء بأن إصرار رام الله على رفض سياسة التطبيع، وممانعتها إضفاء الشرعية الفلسطينية عليها، سيدفعان واشنطن إلى إطاحة القيادة الحالية التي يرى أنها لا تزال «تتمسّك بنفس الشكاوى القديمة، التي لا أعتقد أنها ذات صلة».

على خطّ مواز، لا تزال واشنطن، ومعها تل أبيب، ترفض توفير مظلّة، ولو شكلية، للإمارات والبحرين، في خياراتهما التطبيعية؛ إذ شدّد فريدمان على أن تأجيل تنفيذ مخطّط الضم ما هو إلا «تعليق مؤقت»، لافتاً إلى أن الإدارة الأميركية الحالية أول إدارة تعترف بشرعية الاستيطان، وتنشر «خطّة سلام» تستبعد إخلاء المستوطنين من منازلهم في جميع أنحاء الضفة، التي سبق أن أشار في الماضي إلى أنها «جزء من إسرائيل».

YEMENI HOUTHIS VOW TO FIGHT ISRAELI PLOTS AS NETANYAHU SIGNS HISTORIC DEAL WITH UAE, BAHRAIN

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The Ansar Allah movement (also known as the Houthis) continues pounding Saudi Arabia with drones and missiles.

Late on September 17, the Yemeni Air Force loyal to the Houthi government struck Abha International Airport in the Saudi province of Asir with Samad 3 combat drones, which can be used as loitering munitions. The Houthis claimed that the strike hit a military section of the airport causing material damage and casualties among Saudi forces.

The military infrastructure in the Abha airport area and southern Saudi Arabia itself has regularly become a target of Houthi missile and drone strikes. Just during the past month, Abha International Airport was targeted by at least 4 drone and missile strikes. The Saudi capital of Riyadh and oil infrastructure in the central part of the Kingdom are also not out of danger. The Houthis demonstrated this several times during the past few years. The most recent strike on Riyadh took place just a few days ago.

The September 17 attack, together with regular strikes on other targets inside the Kingdom, showed that efforts of the Saudi Air Force to destroy missile stockpiles and launching sites in Yemen did not lead to any notable impact.

Saudi proxies fighting the Houthis on the ground are also in a state of retreat. During the past few days, they lost even more positions south of the Marib provincial capital retreating from Najd al-Majmaa, Habisah, Ajam al-Sud and al-Atf.

The Maas Camp west of Marib city still remains in the hands of Saudi-backed forces. However, this stronghold is the last obstacle for the advancing Houthi forces in this part of the province. If the defense of pro-Saudi forces continues to crumble, the Maas Camp will be fully isolated and captured.

In the southern part of Marib province, Houthis and their local allies captured the area of Rahum. Here, the mid-term target of the Houthi advance is the town of Hurayb, located on the administrative border between the provinces of Marib and Shabwah.

It is interesting to note that the Houthi leadership recently declared that it stands against the US-promoted normalization with Israel and reaffirmed its support to Palestine. Abdul-Malik al-Houthi even stated that actions of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain contribute to Israeli plots against Muslim countries. He claimed that Yemen has become the target of the Saudi-led intervention due to Yemen’s alleged resistance to the Israeli agenda in the region.

On September 15, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu officially signed historic peace treaties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in Washington. The development is a major foreign policy victory for the administration of US President Donald Trump and its Israeli allies. The event was attended by Trump himself who noted that the courage of the Israeli and Arab leaders enabled these countries “to take a major stride toward a future where people of all faiths live together in peace and prosperity.”

On the other hand, the US State Department has already declared that the UAE and Israel could forge an alliance against Iran. Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, key US regional allies, will likely become a part of this effort. Therefore, the announced ‘peace and prosperity’ plan apparently includes a further strengthening of the pressure on Iran and even increases of chances of a potential military action against the republic.

The ongoing normalization campaign also triggered a new escalation in the Gaza Strip, including the exchange of strikes between Palestinian armed groups and Israel, as well as political instability in Bahrain. The population of Bahrain appears to be unhappy with the decision of the country’s leadership.

The modern Middle East could easily be compared with a powder keg that is ready to explode at any moment.

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السفير الأمريكي فريدمان: ندرس استبدال عباس بمحمد دحلان

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فريدمان يهاجم القيادة الفلسطينيّة.. و”يسرائيل هيوم” تعدّل حديثه عن دحلان

تاريخ النشر: 17/09/2020 

فريدمان يهاجم القيادة الفلسطينيّة.. و"يسرائيل هيوم" تعدّل حديثه عن دحلان
فريدمان خلف ترامب لحظة الإعلان عن الاتفاق الإماراتي “الإسرائيلي” (أ ب)

عرب 48

تحرير: محمود مجادلة

عاد السفير الأميركي في (إسرائيل)، ديفيد فريدمان، إلى مهاجمة القيادة الفلسطينية من جديد، معتبرا أن الصراع العربي الإسرائيلي وصل إلى بداية النهاية في ظل اتفاقيات التطبيع التي وقعتها (إسرائيل) مع الإمارات والبحرين، برعاية أميركية.

وقال فريدمان في حديث لصحيفة “يسرائيل هيوم”، نشر اليوم، الخميس، إن الولايات المتحدة الأميركية، تدرس استبدال الرئيس الفلسطيني محمود عباس، بالقيادي المفصول من حركة “فتح”، محمد دحلان.

وعدّلت الصحيفة التصريحات لاحقًا، لتضيف “لا” على جملة فريدمان التي قالها ردا على سؤال عمّا إذا كانت الولايات المتحدة تدرس إمكانية تعيين دحلان المقيم في الإمارات، كزعيم فلسطيني جديد، “نحن نفكر في ذلك، لكن ليست لدينا رغبة في هندسة القيادة الفلسطينية”.

وأصبحت الجملة “نحن لا نفكر في ذلك، لكن ليست لدينا رغبة في هندسة القيادة الفلسطينية”.

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وعن الصراع العربي (الإسرائيلي)، قال فريدمان: “لقد وصلنا إلى بداية نهاية الصراع العربي (الإسرائيلي) ولسنا بعيدين عن نهاية الصراع لأن العديد من الدول ستنضم قريبا” إلى مسار التطبيع الذي تقوده إدارة الرئيس الأميركي، دونالد ترامب.

وأضاف “لقد كسرنا الجليد وتوصلنا إلى سلام مع دولتين مهمتين في المنطقة. وكما قال الرئيس (ترامب)، وأنا أعلم أن هذا صحيح، سيكون هناك المزيد من الاختراقات (انضمام دول إلى اتفاقيات التطبيع). عندما يهدأ الوضع، في غضون أشهر أو عام، سنصل إلى نهاية الصراع العربي (الإسرائيلي)”.

وعن انعكاسات زخم التطبيع والتطورات الأخيرة على القضية الفلسطينية، قال إن “الشعب (الفلسطيني) لا يحصل على الخدمة الصحيحة من قيادته”، واستطرد “أعتقد أن الناس الذين يعيشون في يهودا والسامرة (الضفة الغربية المحتلة) يريدون حياة أفضل. يجب أن يكون واضحا لهم أن هذا ممكن”.

وتابع “تتمسك القيادة الفلسطينية بنفس الشكاوى القديمة، والتي لا أعتقد أنها ذات صلة. إنهم بحاجة للانضمام إلى القرن الحادي والعشرين. إنهم في على الطرف الخطأ من التاريخ في الوقت الحالي”.

وعن إمكانية تنفيذ مخطط الضم (الإسرائيلي) في الضفة المحتلة، قال فريدمان: “أعتقد أن هذا سيحدث، كانت لدينا عقبات بسبب كورونا وصعوبات دبلوماسية لتحريك ملف فرض ‘السيادة‘ (“الإسرائيلية” على مناطق في الضفة) ثم سنحت الفرصة مع الإمارات”.

وأضاف “كان الاستنتاج أنه حتى لو اعتقدنا أن السيادة هي الخطوة الصحيحة، إلا أن السلام فوق كل شيء، فالأعلام (الإسرائيلية) ترفرف حاليًا في ‘غوش عتصيون‘ و‘بيت إيل‘ و‘معاليه أدوميم‘ و‘شيلو‘ والخليل، ووفقًا لرؤيتنا للسلام (“صفقة القرن”) فإن الأعلام الإسرائيلية ستستمر في الرفرفة هناك”.

وتابع “السلام فرصة لا تتكرر إلا مرة واحدة في كل جيل. سنحت الفرصة وظننا أنه يجب أن نغتنمها، وأن نغتنم الفرصة التي تأتي بعدها، وتلك التي ستأتي لاحقًا”. وقال “بعد دفع عملية السلام إلى الأمام وتغيير مسارها (في إشارة إلى مخطط تجاوز الفلسطينيين وعقد اتفاقيات تطبيع مع دول عربية)، أعتقد أنه يمكننا العودة إلى مسألة السيادة بطريقة تكون أقل إثارة للجدل”.

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وشدد على أن تأجيل تنفيذ مخطط الضم بموجب اتفاق التطبيع مع الإمارات، ما هو إلا “تعليق مؤقت. أود أن أذكر أيضًا أننا أول إدارة أميركية تعترف بشرعية الاستيطان ونعتبر أنه لا ينتهك القانون الدولي، ونحن الإدارة الوحيدة التي نشرت خطة سلام تستبعد إخلاء المستوطنين من منازلهم في جميع أنحاء يهودا والسامرة”.

وكان فريدمان قد قال في الماضي مرارا، إن أراضي الضفة الغربية هي جزء من (إسرائيل)، وإن من حق اليهود الاستيطان فيها، كما دافع بقوة عن اعتراف الولايات المتحدة الأميركية بالقدس عاصمة ل(إسرائيل)، وبات أول دبلوماسي يتولى مسؤولية السفارة الأميركية، بعد نقلها من تل أبيب إلى القدس.

يذكر أن دحلان ملاحق من قبل تركيا وفلسطين لاتهامه بعدة تهم أبرزها، القتل والفساد والتجسس الدولي والضلوع بمحاولة الانقلاب العسكري الفاشلة التي شهدتها أنقرة، منتصف تموز/ يوليو 2016.

ويتهمه القضاء التركي، بالضلوع في محاولة الانقلاب الفاشلة، ومحاولة تغيير النظام الدستوري بالقوة، و”الكشف عن معلومات سرية حول أمن الدولة لغرض التجسس”، و”قيامه بالتجسس الدولي”.

وكانت صحيفة “يديعوت أحرونوت”، قد كشفت يوم الجمعة الماضي، زيارة دحلان (إسرائيل) ومدينة القدس المحتلة، برفقة مسؤول الأمن القومي الإماراتي، طحنون بن زايد.

وذكرت الصحيفة أن الطائرة الإماراتية التي هبطت في مطار اللد في حزيران/ يونيو الماضي وتحمل مساعدات طبية إلى الضفة الغربية، كان على متنها كل من دحلان وبن زايد حيث أجريا محادثات مطوله مع مسؤولين (إسرائيليين) في القدس.

وذكرت محللة الشؤون العربية في صحيفة “يديعوت أحرونوت”، سمدار بيري، أن تلك الطائرة أحدثت توترًا كبيرًا بين السلطة وبين الإمارات حيث رفضت السلطة استلام الطائرة، احتجاجا على وصولها بالتنسيق مع جميع الأطراف باستثناء السلطة. وأشارت بيري إلى دور دحلان في هندسة الاتفاق الإماراتي (الإسرائيلي).

Occupying Palestine Is Rotting ‘Israel’ From Inside. No Gulf ‘Peace’ Deal Can Hide That

Occupying Palestine Is Rotting ‘Israel’ From Inside. No Gulf ‘Peace’ Deal Can Hide That

By Raja Shehadeh – The Guardian

More than a quarter of a century after Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat shook hands on the White House lawn, ‘Israel’ has managed to turn its occupation of Palestinian territory from a burden into an asset. What was for so long a liability – the flagrant violation of international law – has now become a valued commodity. Understanding this development is key to explaining why the ‘Israelis’ are making ‘peace’ with two distant Gulf states but not their closest neighbors, the Palestinians – without whom there can be no real ‘peace.’

‘Israel’ has learned in recent years how to manage the occupation in perpetuity with minimal cost. But from the very beginning of the occupation in June 1967, ‘Israel’ has been unwilling to recognize the Palestinian nation or cede control of the Palestinian territory occupied in order to make ‘peace.’

The evidence to support this claim is easily found in ‘Israel’s’ own archives. Two days after the occupation began, ‘Israel’ passed military order number three, which referred to the fourth Geneva convention relative to the protection of civilian persons in time of war – mandating that military courts apply the provisions of the convention to their proceedings. Four months later, this portion of the order was deleted.

In September 1967, the legal counsel to the ‘Israeli’ foreign ministry, Theodor Meron, was asked by the prime minister, Levi Eshkol, whether building new settlements in the occupied territories would violate the Geneva convention, which prohibits an occupying power from transferring its civilians into the territory seized in war. He answered in the affirmative. But his advice was rejected and the government proceeded from that moment to establish illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Over the following months, ‘Israel’ began a process that would continue for many years: amending laws governing Palestinian land – from the periods of Ottoman, British mandate and Jordanian control of the territory – to construct a false “legal” basis for the acquisition of land and other natural resources for the establishment of Jewish settlements.

I spent much of my working life, from 1979 until 1993, investigating and resisting ‘Israel’s’ abuses of law in the occupied territories, and warning about the implications of building illegal settlements, all to no avail.

Yet it was not the legal transformations alone that enabled settlements to be built and to flourish. The militant Zionist thinker Vladimir Jabotinsky had written, in the 1920s, that “settlement[s] can … develop under the protection of a force that is not dependent on the local population behind an iron wall which they will be powerless to break down”. And so it was.

There was an added component to the transformation of the laws to enable the settlement project and that was sheer violence by settlers: vigilante actions that seemed to go against the law ‘Israel’ had put down and bound itself to. In the early 80s Al-Haq, a West Bank-based human rights organization that I was then directing, worked hard to document incidents of settler violence.

At the time we naively believed that if only ‘Israelis’ knew what was taking place and the failure of law enforcement to stop it, they would take action to prevent it. We were unaware that it was all part of the ‘Israeli’ struggle for the land. The agents of the orderly ‘state’ can stay within the boundaries of their rewritten laws while the unruly settlers do the work of intimidation and violence to achieve the desired goal. It is all part of the same scheme.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, settler violence in the West Bank has become an almost daily occurrence. It is all out in the open and the government and the courts are on the same page in supporting the settlers and working to achieve the goal of greater ‘Israel.’ The Knesset has passed the regularization bill, which “legalizes” settlements built on privately owned Palestinian land via de facto expropriation.

While Jewish settler violence against the Palestinians rages – preventing Palestinians from working their land or using it as their own, with no real attempt by the ‘Israeli’ military or police to prevent this – ‘Israel’ declares any and all Palestinian resistance to occupation to be terrorism.

When Palestinians began to organize non-violent resistance to the occupation, ‘Israel’ redefined attacks by the army on these unarmed protesters to bring them under the category of “combat operations”. Recently, the villagers of Kafr Qaddum were staging weekly demonstrations against the blocking of a road, which prevented access to their village, because it was claimed that the road passes through a new part of the settlement of Kedumim. The army planted explosives on roads used by the villagers – but the soldiers who took this decision would be immune from prosecution for any injuries caused to the villagers.

With all these “victories” on ‘Israel’s’ part, it has now decided that it can manage the occupation rather than end it. The occupation even began to be seen as an asset. ‘Israel’ has turned the occupied territories into a laboratory for testing weapons and systems of surveillance. ‘Israelis’ now market their crowd control weapons and systems of homeland security to the US, based on testing in the occupied territories. Yet all this financial investment in the occupation – and all the twisting of domestic laws to protect the illegal settlement project, all the political contortions to cultivate authoritarian allies, from Trump to Orban to Bolsonaro – is rotting ‘Israel’ from the inside, turning it into an apartheid ‘state’ that rules over millions of Palestinians without rights.

In Arundhati Roy’s novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, one of her characters, Musa, says that if Kashmiris have failed to gain independence from India, at least in struggling for it they have exposed the corruption of India’s system. Musa tells the book’s narrator, an Indian: “You’re not destroying us. It’s yourselves that you are destroying.” Palestinians today might say the same of our struggle with ‘Israel.’

Bahrainis Against Normalization: Sixth Straight Night of Protests Opposing Deal With ‘Israel’

Bahrainis Against Normalization: Sixth Straight Night of Protests Opposing Deal With ‘Israel’

By Staff, Agencies

Hundreds of Bahrainis rallied in their hundreds for a sixth straight night against the ruling regime’s recent United States-enabled normalization with the Zionist entity.

Defying trigger-ready security forces, the protesters took to the streets throughout the kingdom on Thursday night, Bahrain’s Lualua TV satellite channel reported.

They carried signs that read, “Down with US and ‘Israel’” and “No to normalization with the occupying regime” as well as placards that condemned any facilitation of the ‘Israeli’ regime’s intervention in the Gulf region.

Others carried Palestinian flags, asserting that Manama’s stance towards Tel Aviv and the ongoing favorable coverage of the rapprochement by some media outlets did not serve to represent the Bahraini public’s opinion.

“The protesters say they stand by the Palestinian nation and are against all instances of treachery” targeting them such as acts of normalization with the occupying entity, the channel said.

Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed official agreements at the White House on Tuesday enabling full normalization of their relations with the Zionist entity. The deals had been announced by US President Donald Trump respectively earlier in September and last month.

During the event, Trump claimed “five or six” more Arab countries were poised to agree to follow suit.

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Qatar, Pakistan Rule out Possibility of Normalization with Israel

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A high-ranking Qatari official says Doha will not follow in the footsteps of neighboring Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to normalize relations with Israel, emphasizing that Doha will not take such a measure as long as the Palestinian issue is unresolved.

“We don’t think that normalization was the core of this conflict and hence it can’t be the answer,” Qatari Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lolwah Rashid al-Khater, said in an exclusive interview with Bloomberg television news network on Monday.

She added, “The core of this conflict is about the drastic conditions that the Palestinians are living under” as “people without a country, living under occupation.”

Last week, Bahrain joined the UAE in striking an agreement to normalize relations with Israel.

In a joint statement, the United States, Bahrain and Israel said the agreement to establish ties was reached after US President Donald Trump spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah.

The deal came one month after the UAE and the Tel Aviv regime agreed to normalize ties under a US-brokered accord.

Bahrain will join Israel and the UAE for a signing ceremony at the White House hosted by Trump later on Tuesday. The ceremony will be attended by Netanyahu, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani and Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Elsewhere in her remarks, Khater pointed to the attempts, backed by Kuwait, to end the economic and diplomatic blockade Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies imposed on gas-rich Qatar in June 2017, noting that the efforts have not yet reached a tipping point.

“In the past couple of months, there have been messages and messengers going back and forth,” she said.

“It’s very early to talk about a real breakthrough,” but “the coming few weeks might reveal something new,” the top Qatari official pointed out.

“We’re beyond this point. The point we are at is engaging constructively in unconditional negotiations and discussions” that “do not necessarily need to include all parties at once,” Khater said.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, 2017, after the quartet officially accused Doha of meddling in regional affairs and supporting terrorism.

The quartet later issued a 13-point list of demands in return for the reconciliation, which was rejected as an attack on Qatar’s sovereignty.

‘Pakistan won’t compromise on Palestine cause’

Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan reacted to Bahrain’s normalization of ties with the Israeli regime following the UAE, saying, “Any recognition of Israel will face strong opposition from Palestinian people. We cannot made a decision which runs counter to the aspirations of the oppressed Palestinian nation. We will continue to support the fair resolution of the Palestinian issue.”

“If the whole world wants to recognize Israel, Islamabad would not do so and would never make a decision contrary to the wishes of the Palestinian people” Khan told Urdu-language 92 News television news network on Tuesday.

He underlined that the Pakistani government will never compromise on its fundamental principles of supporting Palestine and its liberation, as stated by the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

“Until a just solution to the Palestinian issue is produced, any recognition of the Zionist regime is ruled out. How can we accept to normalize with the Zionists when the main Palestinian parties do not accept it?” the Pakistani premier said.

Source: Press TV

Ayatollah Isa Qassim Decries ‘Israel’-Bahrain Deal, Urges Resistance

Ayatollah Isa Qassim Decries ‘Israel’-Bahrain Deal, Urges Resistance

By Staff, Agencies

Bahraini opposition groups rejected a decision by the Gulf state to normalize relations with the Zionist entity, with the Bahraini Shia majority’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim calling on the region’s people to resist.

Ayatollah Qassim stressed that he is against normalization between Arab countries and ‘Israel’, in a statement published by Bahraini opposition al-Wefaq Association.

The accords between the Zionist occupation regime and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] last month, and between ‘Israel’ and Bahrain on Friday, go against the will of the people, Sheikh Qassim emphasized.

“There is a great divergence between the rulers and the ruled in thought, mind, aims and interests. Governments are experiencing a psychological defeat and want to impose it on the people, and the people have to resist this defeat,” the top Bahraini cleric added.

Relatively, a joint statement by a group of Bahraini political and civil society associations, including the Bahrain Bar Association, on Sunday also stood against the deal.

“What results from normalization will not enjoy popular backing, in line with what generations of Bahrainis have been brought up on in terms of adherence to the Palestinian cause,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, the head of Bahrain’s highest court ordered judiciary employees not to criticize government policy or express opinions harming national unity, al-Bilad newspaper reported on Sunday.

Bahrainis have previously criticized their government’s engagements with the Zionist entity, including last June’s conference in Manama to launch a US-led $50 billion economic formula for the so-called ‘Israeli’-Palestinian ‘peace’

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Normalization between some Arab governments and ‘Israel’: Facts and figures

By Khalid Qaddoumi

September 14, 2020 – 16:3

The term itself says that something is not “normal”. It needs to be normalized, or something that was a taboo is converted into permissible. This is the situation of the relations between Arabs and “Israel” since the Palestinians’ catastrophe (Nakba) in 1948 when the “Israeli” occupation started. Hence, no doubt this topic is controversial and paradoxical.

A few ideas on the subject is given below:

(1) Where has the normalization process reached after 42 years of the first attempt at Camp David 1978?

In 1978 the Egyptian government forged its official diplomatic relations with “Israel” brokered by the United States government. On the 20th of January 2000, The Economist published an article titled “Israelis whom Egyptians love to hate.” The article endorsed the negative “Israeli” character portrayed by the cinema producers in Egypt. “Their women are sluttish schemers. Their men scowling thugs, prone to blood-spilling and to strange guttural barking,” the Economist said. Irrespective of decades of relations, the Egyptians still have their “unwelcoming” attitude to the newly imposed and alien “friend.”

In 2016 another study was published where Dr. Abdulaleem, the senior advisor to the Center of Pyramids for political and strategic studies, said, “Egyptians are least interested in any sort of normalization with “Israel”. The paper mentioned that such a relationship is only at the security apparatus level and few desks at the Egyptian Foreign Ministry. It is a “cold peace,” it wrote.

Alzaytouna’s study center conducted an opinion poll in 2019 about the popularity of the relations with “Israel” among some Muslim countries. The poll concluded that only 3% of Egyptians, 4% of Pakistanis, 6% of Turkish, and 15% of Indonesians may welcome some sort of relations with “Israel”. Many conditioned it after a just solution for the Palestinians.

The study stated that such a process has nothing to do with any fair demands of the Arab nations nor brought any benefit for peace attempts or any economic interests for the nations that the politicians tried to market their causes.

After Israel protested over a contract to sell American F35 jets to the Emirates, the former chief of the “Israeli” army Gadi Eizenkot told “Israel Hayom”: “in the Middle East (West Asia) your new friends may turn to be your enemy. Hence, the “Israeli” surpassing quality power (over the Arabs) is highly essential.”

An obvious “Israeli” skeptical mentality and policy towards Arabs prevents any type of so-called normalization.

(2) Money talks, or something else?

If we agree to the mentioned pragmatic notion, one may expect some economic boost even at the bilateral level between the Emirates and “Israel.” On the 8th of September 2020, the Minister of “Intelligence” of “Israel”, Eli Cohen, said that “In three to five years the balance of trade between the Emirates and us may reach four billion dollars.”

 First, why should a minister of “Intelligence” announce such economic news?

 Second, let us compare this balance of trade with the balance of trade between the Emirates and a neighboring country like Iran. In that case, the figure may exceed 13.5 billion dollars. Here one may say that something else other than “Money talks.”

 Many analysts refer to such a process as an intense and vital need for the current leaders in “Israel” and the U.S. to get re-elected.

 Netanyahu is facing corruption trials, and many riots and rallies are being held against him that may qualify the situation for a fourth election. On the other hand, Trump faces a series of fiascoes at different levels; his government’s disastrous approach to the COVID- 19 pandemic that infected millions, the racial discrimination, and the people in the streets protesting the police behavior against the civilians.

Bibi and Trump initiated such a process to safeguard their own endangered political future. In conclusion, one cannot bet on the viability of such a deal.

Other analysts see this deal to jeopardize the security and stability of the region.
Some “Israeli” commentators have accused Netanyahu of forging new relations with “countries that have no geopolitical importance like Bahrain and the Emirates but at the same time are neighbors to Iran,” which may lead to more escalation and expected violence in the region.

(3) Finally, what such normalization can benefit the Palestinians as the victims who are supposed to wait for the fruits of peace out of this deal? On the contrary, all the Palestinians, irrespective of their political affiliations, have refused and denounced this deal.

Even those who tried to reach a peace with Israel based on the 1993 Oslo accords, unequivocally rejected the deal to the extent that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party describing the process as “betrayal.” 

Other Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who gathered lately in Beirut, announced their utmost discontent against the deal and consider it as a “reward for the “Israeli” criminals on their crimes.” 

The secretaries General of all Palestinian parties who convened in Beirut protested against the deal and called upon the Arab League to denounce it. 

In conclusion, the so-called “just solution” to the Palestinian issue cannot be achieved through such shortcuts of normalizations between Arabs and “Israel”. The Palestinians are the only side to decide their own destiny and no one else.
 

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The Unwelcome Deal: People of Bahrain Breathe Palestine In, Rulers Betray

The Unwelcome Deal: People of Bahrain Breathe Palestine In, Rulers Betray

By Al-Ahed News

Life has taught many that it is the weaker who always suffers from the repercussions resulting from the mistakes of the stronger. However, this shouldn’t be a rule nor even the exception!

It is more questionable that: Who has the right to classify the levels of people’s strength and label them as it suits him? In several Arab countries, rulers mar their people with acts of betrayal they have nothing to do with.

What does it mean if a bunch of rulers decided to normalize ties with ‘Israel’? Does it necessarily reflect their peoples’ will? Here is the point, and this is our discussion.

Bahrainis has a long history of supporting the Palestinian cause and its people. Although little is known about this, they’ve indeed sacrificed martyrs in this path. However, once the regime of Bahrain announced a few days ago official and public normalization with the Zionist regime, the occupier of Palestine and the killer of Palestinian children, Bahrain was marred by shame.

It is indeed only the regime’s rulers who deserve this disgraceful view, while Bahrainis deserve, as usual, praise and respect. To comment on the ‘high treason’, Head of Beirut Political Bureau of Bahrain’s February 14 Youth Coalition, Dr. Ibrahim al-Aradi cemented the popular stance, and uncovered for al-Ahed News the coalition’s response in the making.

The Unwelcome Deal: People of Bahrain Breathe Palestine In, Rulers Betray
Head of Beirut Political Bureau of Bahrain’s February 14 Youth Coalition, Dr. Ibrahim al-Aradi

Tel Aviv Way May Be the Shorter

Commenting on the timing of the ‘high treason’, as he preferred to describe, Dr. al-Aradi explained that the Al Khalifah rulers were racing against time, especially after Bahrain’s February 14 Revolution, to close the issues of the ongoing popular protests and political rejection at any cost.

“They’ve chosen Tel Aviv and the Zionists’ path to remain on top of their thrones, make more gains and cement their children and grandchildren in power.”

The timing, he stressed, is not decided by the Al Khalifah ruler, it is instead decided by the American ruler who sets it. US President Donald Trump, al-Aradi added, has announced that all countries agreed on this ‘high treason normalization’, and he is just reading their names.

Beside their problems at home and abroad, the Al Khalifah rulers wanted to rescue themselves via normalization, and prove to Trump that they support him and are very responsive. They’ve sold the rest of their honor, if ever existed, Dr. al-Aradi pointed.

He went on to explain that Trump threatened the Bahraini rulers with their thrones, and told them that he can topple them in one day as he knows that they don’t have any popular legitimacy. This explains their quick submission.

Tyrants Normalize, People Bear the Brunt

Pointing to that the price for this deal discredits Hamad Al Khalifah, al-Aradi stressed that the people of Bahrain are suffering of injustice, falsehood and insanity. He urged via al-Ahed News website clarifying to the public opinion the following truth: “There is nothing called Bahrain normalizes. It is the Al Khalifah entity that normalizes. The people of Bahrain has never and will never normalize, and this is the point of focus.”

Voicing disappointment at killing the values, history, present and future of the Bahraini people and identity, Dr. al-Aradi stressed that the price they want to pay is unpayable no matter how much they colluded.

The Bahraini people are raged and won’t settle their anger. “This reaction won’t be just incidental, it is rather a strategic job, and a duty of an entire nation, not a sole people only,” Head of Political Bureau of February 14 Youth Coalition stressed to al-Ahed.

The ‘Israeli’ Gulf and Ruling Puppets

As for the prepared ploy for turning the Gulf region to the ‘Israeli’ Gulf, Dr. al-Aradi explained that Bahrain is always dealt with as the laboratory mouse to what happens in the region. They’ve all signed and accepted this normalization deal, but they wait to see what would happen with Bahrain and how would the Saudi regime take advantage of it in its future policies.

“They don’t make the decisions, neither the Riyadh kings, nor those in Manama. They are all mercenaries and tools to implement such agendas in the region.”

Dr. al-Aradi repeated that this ‘high treason’ is inapplicable in the presence of elected governments nor conscious figures. “It is only applicable in the presence of brutal figures such as Mohammad Bin Zayed, Hamad Al Khalifah, Al Saud, among others.”

They don’t care who comes first and who comes next, he stressed, adding that the Zionist entity’s plot for the ‘Great Israel’ is to name the Gulf region by the ‘Israeli’ Gulf. “They want to besiege the entire Arab region under the Zionist control via dirty tools that are represented by the tyrant rulers.”

Palestine at the Core of Bahrain’s Revolution

To clarify the Bahraini people’s stance toward the ruling regime’s practices, al-Aradi stressed that the people of Bahrain are suppressed by the Trump and UK government-backed regime.

“One of the most important reasons behind attacking the February 14 revolution was that its core and principles support the Palestinian cause.”

The Bahrainis are outraged. Social media platforms were stormed by hashtags that support Palestine despite all kinds of suppression, threats and fear. The snow has broken and it won’t be an incidental reaction, it is a rather a full track, Dr. al-Aradi affirmed.

He also insisted that all peoples must learn well that “The Al Khalifah regime is the one who normalized, but the Bahraini people has never and will never do. We share injustice with the Palestinian people, but we shouldn’t feel that we’ve been left alone here. All peoples must support us and back us to resist this most dangerous scheme to ‘Israelize’ the region.”

Bahraini Opposition Vows Escalating Action

Upon a question about the steps to be taken in face of the Bahraini regime’s normalization with the ‘Israeli’ enemy, Dr. al-Aradi stated that the February 14 Youth Coalition has never stopped supporting the Palestinian people whether in the field, where they are shot in their chests, detained or exiled, or via its events held abroad by its political bureau.

“We’ve dedicated all our personnel for the sake of Palestine, and we’ve held events in Beirut, South Lebanon, and London. We will hold all possible events to voice support and solidarity with the Bahraini people,” he emphasized.

In an exclusive piece of news, Dr. al-Aradi uncovered via al-Ahed News that “The February 14 Youth Coalition is set to carry out a new escalating revolutionary action, which has been left to be decided by the brothers on the ground. We will have a new media track through which new platforms will be opened to resist this dangerous scheme.”

All our personnel are sacrifices for Palestine, he noted, confirming that this is a central and cemented decision for the coalition.

“We’ve never rested, and we will never do. The steadfast Bahraini voice in support of Palestine will shake the world, and Palestine and the Palestinian people will never be abandoned.”

In Bahrain There Is A Coward Regime but A Valiant People

The irony is that the rulers of Bahrain do announce normalization cowardly, and silence their paid tools not to criticize their actions, while the people, despite suppression, raise their voice high, reject and condemn.

“The Al Khalifah regime is coward. It only observes what is happening in the region under an American-Zionist-Saudi-Emirati protection. The rulers know, however, that the Bahraini streets won’t be empty, and that people, not only in Bahrain, but the entire region, won’t be calm,” Dr. al-Aradi told al-Ahed.

He also didn’t rule out any new possible act of treason by the King of Bahrain: “All options are expected from this betrayer who wants to exit the swamp of February 14 revolution at any cost, whether through participating in the war on Yemen, normalizing with the Zionists, revoking Bahrainis’ citizenships, or torturing and raping their men and women.”

Nevertheless, Dr. al-Aradi made clear that “Our Bahraini people have nothing to do with all their deeds.”

He then concluded that the coalition is united with all brothers inside Bahrain and all other forces to confront this destructive scheme that doesn’t target Manama and Riyadh alone, but they aim at letting it pass through Sanaa, Baghdad, Beirut and the entire region as well.

For us, it is our duty to preserve the Bahraini people’s right by shedding light on their true face.

The so-called ‘peace’ deal is something they don’t accept. The real peace the Bahraini people know is when the pigeons spread their wings over the holy al-Aqsa Mosque in the holy city of al-Quds the moment it will be liberated.

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مملكة البحرين السعودية الصهيونية – نضال حمد

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الخيانات الرسمية العربية ليست أمراً مفاجئاً ولا هي سياسة جديدة، فقد خان الرسميون العرب وبالذات السعوديون شعب فلسطين والأمة العربية على مر سنوات القرنين الفائت والحالي. ولم يكن الرئيس المصري المقتول عقابا على خيانته، أنور السادات سوى البادئ في مسلسل الخيانات الرسمية العلانية. فما كان يجري بالسر من علاقات واتصالات مع الصهاينة عرفناه في أيلول الأسود 1970 وفي حرب لبنان الأهلية 1975-1990. ومن ثم تأكدنا منه في سنوات الربيع العربي السوداء. لأنه لم يعد مقتصراً على الحكومات والحكام.

فيما بعد خيانة السادات واستمرار نهجه الخياني، الاستسلامي مع حسني مبارك والآن مع السيسي حيث أصبحت مصر بلا مكانة وبلا هيبة وتابعة لحكام الخليج. استطاعت أموال السعودية وضغوطات نظام كمب ديفيد المصري جر القيادة الرخوة لمنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية الى مستنقع الخيانة، فكانت اتفاقية اوسلو أم وأهم الخيانات كلها. ولدت من رحمها السلطة الفلسطينية التي مهدت للتطبيع وللاستسلام واعتبرته خطوة على طريق تحقيق السلام. بعد أصحاب القضية جاء دور الأردن والامارات وصولا الى البحرين. والبقية مثل السعودية وعُمان وقطر ودول عربية أخرى تنتظر قرار وإذن ترامب ونتنياهو لاعلان اتفاقيات مشابهة. حتى الأصوات التي تنادي بالحياد في لبنان هي أصوات من نفس هذه البيئة العربية المسمومة. وإن أتتها الفرصة لأعادت فوراً احياء اتفاقية العار 17 أيار 1983 بين شارون والجميل برعاية أمريكية، التي أسقطتها المقاومة المشتركة اللبنانية الفلسطينية السورية. هذه الأطراف اللبنانية ستحيي بعد غد ذكرى اغتيال الخائن المجرم بشير الجميل كشهيد للبنان وانعزاليته.

أعلم بأن غالبية الناس في بلادنا العربية المحتلة أو المستباحة لم تعد تكترث بالخيانات العربية الرسمية سواء جاءت من الحكام أو من بعض المحكومين، فالحاكم راكب ومركوب والمركوبين يُقادون من راكبهم أو من راكبيهم. وهكذا هو حال البلاد العربية في زمن وباء الاستسلام والخيانة.

البحرين ليست دولة مستقلة بل دولة محتلة تحتلها السعودية ومرتزقتها في قوات درع الجزيرة التي تقوم بقمع ثورة الشعب البحريني ضد نظامه العميل ومن أجل المساواة والعدالة بين جميع مكونات الشعب البحريني. وهو شعب مثقف وعزيز ناضل أبناؤه في سبيل وطن عربي حر وسعيد. وتبنوا القضية الفلسطينية وانخرط بعضهم في الثورة الفلسطينية منذ البدايات. أما حاكم البحرين سليل عائلة حكمت وتحكم البلد بالقوة، لم ترق له الامارة فنام ليلاً لينهض صباحاً ملكاً.. يبقى صغيرا مهما كَبَرَ بحجمه ومهما تطاوس.. الأمير أصبح ملكاً وامارة البحرين مملكة لكن بلا مكونات وبلا سيادة وبلا رعية.

الجامعة العربية المتصهينة والتي ماعادت تضم في عضويتها دولاً بل محميات صهيونية أمريكية ما يمنعها من اقامة علاقات رسمية واتفاقية سلام استسلامي جماعية هو فقط حاجة ترامب ونتنياهو لاستخدام محمياتها في العمليات التجميلية والاعلامية في الحملات الانتخابية.

أما الفلسطيني فما لم يبدأ فوراً بعملية تنظيف (عمارة العربان) من خلال تنظيف شقته الفلسطينية، فإن العمارة كلها آيلة حتماً للانهيار والدمار.

فيا أصحاب الدولة المسخ والسلطة الوهم في فلسطين المحتلة؟

ويا قيادة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية؟

ويا فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية؟

ويا أيها الفلسطينون والأمناء العامون ألا ترون أنه حتى مشيخات صغيرة لم تعد تقبضكم وتحسب حسابكم وتهاب ردة فعلكم؟..

من يحني ظهره يركبه الراكبون والمركوبين. لقد وصلنا الى زمن أصبحت فيه محميات نفطية خليجية ترغب في جعلنا كبش فداء لدوام حكمها. فلا تسمحوا لغلمان عائلات الحكم في الخليج ركوب قضيتكم. لا تسمحوا للمركوبين أن يركبوا فلسطينكم… فإن صمتم ولم تفعلوا شيئا فأنتم لستم بأفضل منهم.

البحرين بعد الامارات تقيم علاقات رسمية وعلانية مع الكيان الصهيوني. والبقية الخليجية تتبع، قطر وعُمان والسعودية.. هل هناك عنصر مفاجئة؟ طبعا لا… لأننا كنا نتوقع ذلك بعد ارتكاب الامارات لجريمتها. فالدماء العربية التي سالت في سبيل القضية الفلسطينية صارت بأعين الأنظمة والحكومات المستسلمة والمطبعة الرجعية والمتصهينة العربية ماءا .. يا عرب، ويا بشر ويا ناس ويا فلسطينية صارت ماءا .. فمتى نصير ثوارا ومناضلين ونعلنها حربا شعواء على كل المستسلمين وعلى كل من يستهين بنا ويستبيح دمنا ووطننا وقضيتنا وحقوقنا؟

متى نوقف الزاحفين نحو الاستسلام والخيانة والخداع والنفاق واللعب بقضيتنا ومصيرنا ودمنا عند حدهم.؟ .. متى نقول لهم كفى؟ .. فلتذهبوا الى الجحيم أنتم والاحتلال والاستعمار وأموالكم وإعلامكم وأعلامكم.

واجب الشعوب العربية وضع حد للخونة. وواجبها أيضا العمل بالحكمة العربية وهي “الكيّ بالنار” في حال فشلت المحاولات الأخرى.

أما شعب فلسطين الذبيح والمغدور عربياً فان لم يقم بارسال عصابة المستسلمين الفلسطينيين  الى جهنم أو بإعادتها الى مكانها الطبيعي سوف لن ينفعه الندم.

رموز الهزيمة والاستسلام والخيانة في فلسطين فليخرسوا..

لأنهم لسان هزيمة وخيانة كانوا ولازالوا جسرا للتطبيع والاستسلام والهزيمة والتنسيق مع الصهاينة.

يعرف هؤلاء المستسلمون أن هذه الجامعة العربية لولا حاجة نتنياهو وترامب لاستخدامها فرادى في حملات التطببع والاستسلام لكانت وقعت كلها مجتمعة على اتفاقية مع الكيان الصهيوني. لأنها في حقيقة الأمر لم تعد دولاً، كانت كذلك في زمن القائد الخالد، الراحل العظيم جمال عبد الناصر. أما الآن فهي مجرد محميات لخونة ولعملاء من الملك الى الجنرال ومن الأمير الى الشيخ والسلطان.. ومن شبه الرئيس الى الرؤساء الغلمان.

كل الخيانات الخليجية تمت أو تتم بحجة مواجهة خطر ايران (الشيعية) وتهديدها الوجودي كما يزعمون لأنظمة الحكم الخليجية. يدمرون اليمن ويقتلون شعبه بهذه الحجة الكاذبة والمخادعة. يستقبلون القادة الصهاينة في مسقط وأبو ظبي واليمامة والدوحة بهذه الحجة.. ورغم ذلك يحاصرون قطر التي تنافسهم على العلاقات مع الصهاينة والأمريكان وعلى تقديم الخدمات، مع أنها أولهم استسلاما واقامة علاقات خليجية علانية مع الصهاينة وتخريبا في الجسم الفلسطيني. حتى المقاوم منه مثل حركة حماس. استطاعت شراء واقتناء بعض المثقفين والاعلاميين الفلسطينيين والعرب، الذين رشتهم فعملوا ويعملون في جزيرتها وفي خدمتها. فيما هي تعمل في خدمة أسيادها. قطر حليف حركة الاخوان وحليف اردوغان وحليف للأمريكان. هي أكبر قاعدة أمريكية في شرقنا العربي بعد قاعدة أمريكا في دولة الخلافة الاردوغانية التركية. أنسيتم أن كل الاعتداءات على العراق وليبيا وسوريا كانت ولازالت تنطلق من هناك؟…

أردوغان أكبر كذبة سيكتشفها الاخوان وبعض الفلسطينيين والعربان وكذلك المشايخ والعلمانيين من اخوان الاخوان. فكما اكتشف بعض الفلسطينيين الرخوين أن السعودية وشقيقاتها كانوا خدعة وكذبة انطلت عليهم منذ زمن الثورة الفلسطينية في بيروت. وأن أموالهم كانت سموماً تسمم جسد الثورة الفلسطينية وتهلكه ببطء. سوف يكتشفون الآن أن أصحاب الشعارات والصوت العالي ليسوا أكثر من شعاراتيين وبالونات اختبارية ستحرقها الارادة الفلسطينية والأصالة الشعبية العربية. فالأمة العربية واحدة أرضاً وعادات وتقاليد ولغة… أمة واحدة بالرغم من تمزيقها وتقسيمها الى دول وطوائف. أما فلسطين فستبقى قلب هذه الأمة النابض وعنوان صراعها مع كل الأعداء.

نضال حمد في 12-09-2020

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