سيد ماكرون: بعد ساعات سيأتيك الخبر اليقين والوعد الصادق!

السيد سامي خضرا

عزيزٌ على فرنسا أن تَفشل مساعيها في لبنان المُدَّعى «إبنها البار» والمُدَّعي بأنها «أمه الحنون»!

لا تريد فرنسا وليس من مصلحتها أن تُفشل مبادرتها أو أن تنكسر على الساحة اللبنانية التي كانت دوماً في جيبتها تفعل فيها ما تشاء تَرفَعُ قوماً وتُخفِضُ آخرين…

ولكنها اليوم ضُرِبَت مِمَّن تحت جناحها أو ينتسبون إليها!

فإذا أَرَدْتَ يا ماكرون أن تُعوِّض خسائِرَك وتُثبت وجودك وتَحْضر في الساحة المتوسطية والإقليمية فعليك أن تكون أكثر جُرأةً في تحديد مَن أفشَل تشكيل الحكومة ولا تكتفي بالعموميات والاتهامات التي تتجنَّب فيها تحديد المسؤوليات وتُحاول أن تتذاكى لتحافظ بحسب رأيك على مواقعك مع الأميركيين والأوروبيين واللاعبين الإقليميين!

ننصحك يا ماكرون أن تستمع بعد ساعات للأمين العام لحزب الله فلديه الخبر اليقين والوعد الصادق والجرأة المطلوبة والموقف الواضح الذي لنْ تجدَه عند غيره يقيناً.

يا ماكرون بعد ساعات سوف يتكلم السيد حسن نصرالله، فنصيحتنا أن تتغافل قليلاً عن المُطَبِّلين والمُزَمِّرين والانتهازيين والمُستَغلِّين والمُتَسلِّقين والمترصِّدين وأن تأخذ كلامه الجادّ والموثوق والمحتَرم والصادق حيث تجد خيرَ بضاعة لا يَخيب مَن أَخَذَ بها ومنها.

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لبنان لن ينهار مسيو ماكرون وأميركا هي المرشّحة للانفجار

محمد صادق الحسيني

تقول الحكاية مع هذا الأوروبي صاحب التجارب المليئة بالمجازر المباشرة وغير المباشرة ضدّ شعوب منطقتنا العربيّة والإسلامية إنّ: طعن الخديعة أخطر من عدو بلا خرطوش…!

أميركا لم يعد لديها ولا رصاصة في جعبتها لتطلقها ضدّ إيران…!

لكن خديعة أوروبا أخطر من هذا الموقف الأميركي العاجز…!

ظريف الأكثر تفاؤلاً يقول إنها لم تنفذ 11 تعهّداً لها تجاه إيران…!

تتظاهر أوروبا كذباً أنها لا تزال ملتزمة بالاتفاق النووي،

لكن لم يعد أحد في إيران يصدّق أوروبا حتى أكثر المراهنين عليها.

ولما كان المؤمن كيّساً فطناً، وليس كيسَ قطن، فإنّ على لبنان أن يأخذ الدرس مما حصل معه في ما بات يسمّى بالمبادرة الفرنسية أو خريطة طريق قصر الصنوبر…

ها هو ماكرون ينحاز عملياً وبشكل لا لبس فيه لصالح أميركا وينضمّ الى فريق ترامب الانتخابي…

إطلاق النار السياسية على حزب الله وتحميله مسؤولية فشل مبادرته والتلويح بالخيار «الإسرائيلي» السعودي الذي أبطنه عندما قال:

لا يستطيع حزب الله أن يكون جيشاً لمحاربة «إسرائيل» و»ميليشيا» في سورية وحزباً سياسياً «محترماً» في لبنان…!

وسنصبر 4 الى 6 أسابيع لنرى، هل سيختارون الخيار الديمقراطي أم الخيار الآخر…!؟

وهو الذي ضمّنه شروحه وهو يتحدث عن الكيانين «الإسرائيلي» والسعودي اللذين قال إنهما يطالبان بإعلان الحرب على حزب الله…

والذي وصفه في بداية المؤتمر الصحافي بأنه مغامرة…

بينما لوّح به في نهاية المؤتمر الصحافي…!

لكن ما لم يقله ماكرون في المؤتمر الصحافي هو المهمّ والأخطر، فما هو:

إنني، أي ماكرون، كلفت من قبل الإدارة الأميركية بتجريب فكرة المبادرة لحشر الحزب والمقاومة، فإنْ نجحت بها أكون قد أدخلت لبنان بنفق الحرب الناعمة التي تأخذ لبنان من خلال «حكومة المهمة»‏ الى الصلح والتطبيع مع الكيان الإسرائيلي، من بوابة ترسيم الحدود البحرية وووو…

وإنْ لم أنجح في ذلك، حمّلت الحزب وسلاح المقاومة المسؤولية، وعندها أترك المجال للأصيل الأميركيّ أن يخوض المعركة المباشرة وأنا ذيلٌ مراوغ له، كما فعلت مع الحالة الإيرانية في غمار لعبة البوليس السيّئ والبوليس الجيد التي يلعبونها هو وسيّده الأميركي مع إيران منذ انسحاب الرئيس المهرّج دونالد ترامب من الاتفاق النووي…!

وعودة إلى لبنان من جديد، فإنّ ما لا يعرفه ماكرون المدّعي، عن لبنان هو أنّ هذا البلد أكبر مما يتصوّر ولا تلخصه سلطة فاسدة ولا أحزاب تخون وطنها، كما قال وكلاهما اصلاً من صناعته وصناعة أسياده، بل إنّ لبنان بات راشداً وكبيراً وذا همّة عالية ومنغرسة أوتاده في أرض تطهّرت بدماء عشرات ومئات وألوف الشهداء القادة، ولم يعُد أحد، أيّ أحد، مهما تجبّر واستعلى أن يحرّك فيه حجراً عن حجرـ من دون إرادة سيد لبنان وسياج لبنان المحصّن بثلاثية الجيش والشعب والمقاومة…

ولبنان هذا غير قابل للانفجار ولا الانهيار أبداً…

تهويلكم مردود عليه إذ لدينا من خزائن المفاجآت ما سيجعلكم تنبهرون وتبلعون ألسنتكم…!

مَن سينفجر وينهار هي الولايات المتحدة الأميركية التي باتت كتلة ميليشيات متعدّدة بمئات الألوف تهدّد وحدة الاتحاد الأميركي وأمن أميركا القومي والحرب الأهلية على الأبواب مباشرة بعد الانتخاب فاز ترامب أم بايدن. فالأوّل سيأتي بالتقسيم والانفصال والتجزئة وصولاً الى الحرب، بينما الثاني سيقود مباشرة الى الحرب الأهلية كما يقرّ، ويعترف كبار محللي وكتاب الأعمدة الأميركيين ومنهم توماس فريدمان على سبيل المثال لا الحصر…

وسيّدك ترامب هذا يا مسيو ماكرون هو بعظمة لسانه قال إنه لن يسلم السلطة اذا فاز منافسه، ما يعني انّ كذبكم وخداعكم حول ديمقراطية الغرب باتت على المحكّ وبالمباشر على التلفاز وهو ما سنحضره جميعاً على الهواء مباشرة بعد الثالث من تشرين الثاني نوفمبر المقبل مجدّداً بكلّ شفافية ووضوح…!

فعلى مَن تكذب ولماذا تراوغ وعلى مَن تتحايل عندما تقول إنك تحبّ لبنان وتحبّ مساعدة لبنان..!؟

انت لا تحبّ إلا نفسك وعائلة روتشيلد، وما أنت إلا مدير بنك في هذه المجموعة، تصرّفت هكذا حتى في المؤتمر الصحافي وأنت تعامل طبقتك اللبنانية الفاسدة والخائنة كزبائن مفلسين تريد تغييرهم حسب هندسة مالية دولية جديدة صدرت تعليماتها إليك، ولم تكن رئيس جمهورية فرنسا أبداً…!

الآتي من الأيام والأسابيع سيبيّن للناس مَن هو الصادق ومَن هو الكذاب مع أول آذان بعد يوم نصر مبين آتٍ سنشهده نحن الممهّدون لجغرافيا آخر الزمان!

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

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.

صراع الحريري ونادي رؤساء الحكومات على السعوديّة؟

نادي رؤساء الحكومات: مفتاح التأليف حصراً بيد الحريري

د. وفيق إبراهيم

رئيس الحكومة السابق سعد الحريري يسعى لإرضاء الفرنسيين والأميركيين مخترعاً اقتراحاً بتوزير شيعي لوزارة المالية إنما لمرة واحدة فقط، وبشكل يسحب منها ميثاقيتها التي يصرّ عليها حلف حزب الله – حركة أمل.

اما حلفاؤه الثلاثة في نادي رؤساء الحكومة السابقين وهم فؤاد السنيورة وتمام سلام ونجيب ميقاتي، فاعتبروا في تصريح لهم أن موقف الحريري خاص به ولا يعنيهم، وذلك في موقف يقترب من رفضهم له.

هل هناك مرجع يفصل بين الفريقين المذكورين؟ نعم إنها السعودية التي تمسك بالقرار السياسي السني في لبنان منذ تسلم الراحل رفيق الحريري لرئاسات الحكومات المتعاقبة بين 1990 و2005 وورثته المتجسدين في ابنه سعد والسنيورة وتمام سلام والميقاتي ونجله الأكبر بهاء المتوثب لأداء دور لبناني.

ماذا يقول السعوديون؟

انتصر الملك سلمان للخط الأميركي الذي يريد تدمير إيران لأنها تكاد تحتل العالم؟ وتعمم الإرهاب في كل مكان، ما أتاح للملك السعودي تركيز استهداف كبير لإيران التي تريد نشر «شيعيّتها» في اليمن والعراق وسورية ولبنان والخليج وتدعم إرهابييها. وهنا ركز سلمان على حزب الله موجهاً هجوماً حاداً دعا فيه العالم بأسره الى تجريد حزب الله من سلاحه وضربه لأنه إرهابي، مضيفاً أن لا قائمة للبنان إلا بعد إلغاء الحزب الإرهابي، كما وصفه.

هذا الموقف الحاد يضع القوى اللبنانية الموالية للسعودية، خصوصاً الفريق السني في دائرة المحاسبة السعودية. فالقريب من هذا الموقف يتمتع بالرعاية السعودية السياسية والمالية والدينية، فيما يجد الرافض لها نفسه معزولاً.

لذلك يبدو نادي رؤساء الحكومات السابقين أقرب القوى السنية الى التصعيد السعودي ومعه أشرف ريفي والمشنوق ودار الإفتاء. وداعش والنصرة وهيئة تحرير الشام. فهؤلاء ذاهبون الى التماهي الكامل مع التصعيد السعودي.

لجهة سعد الحريري فلا شك في أنه نادم على إطلاقه مشروع حل لوزارة المالية أي تعيين شيعيّ مستقلّ يختاره الرئيس المكلف أديب ولمرة واحدة.

كيف يمكن لسعد أن يلتحق بالموقف التصعيدي السعوديّ من دون سحب اقتراحه الأخير من التداول؟

لا بدّ للشيخ سعد أن يطلق أكثر من تصريح إعلامي مخادع حول استقلالية الوزير الشيعي في وزارة المالية وابتعاده الكامل عن حركة أمل وحزب الله، بذلك قد يرضي السياسة السعودية نسبياً ويضيف بأنه لمرة واحدة ما يدفع الثنائي الشيعي الى رفض اقتراحه. ويتعمّد التأكيد على دوره الأساسي في تشكيل الحكومة المرتقبة. وهذا يؤذي مكانة رئاسة الجمهورية دستورياً وطائفياً.

هذا ما حدث بالفعل بصدور بيان من الرئيس ميشال عون أكد فيه أن رئاسة الجمهورية شريك كامل في إنتاج الحكومات ولا يمكن تجاوزها أو تجاهلها.

فيكون سعد باقتراحه الأخير دافعاً ومؤسساً لرفض شيعي من جهة ورئاسي وماروني من جهة ثانية، فتعود العلاقات بين القوى السياسية إلى حالة من الاحتراب الشديد تنعكس على الشارع على شكل مواجهات غير قابلة للتأجج لأن فريق حزب الله – امل لا يريدها ويعمل على إجهاضها.

فيتبين أن القوى اللبنانية الموالية للسعودية تتصارع لكسب ود الملك سلمان وابنه محمد بشكل لا تعير فيه أي انتباه لمدى حراجة الوضع اللبناني وخطورته.

لذلك، فإن الساحة اللبنانية يتحكم فيها حالياً مشروع أميركي سعودي يدفع في اتجاه السيطرة على حكومة لبنانية مرتقبة لا تضمّ القوى الرافضة للتطبيع مع العدو الإسرائيلي. بما يفسّر أسباب هذا الاستهداف السعودي المركز على دور حزب الله في قتال «اسرائيل» والإرهاب.

هل يمكن للمراقب أن يفترض انبثاق موقف سني رافض لهذا التصعيد السعودي؟

إن القوى الشعبية السنية، خصوصاً ذات البعد التاريخي ترفض أي تقارب مع «اسرائيل» وتشجع على محاربته، لكن الكلام هنا يتركز على فريق الحريرية السياسية ومتفرّعاتها، ويستثني أيضاً فريقاً كبيراً من النواب السنة المستقلين الذين يرفضون هذا الانهيار الوطني والقومي في صفوف رؤساء الحكومات السابقين والحريرية السياسية بكامل تنوّعاتها.

يتبين بالنتيجة ان لبنان ذاهب الى أشكال مختلفة من تصعيد سياسي واقتصادي واجتماعي يرعاه المحور الأميركي السعودي الذي يضع لبنان بين اقتراحين: اما الانهيار الاقتصادي الكامل او حكومة موالية لهذا المحور تعمل على تجريد حزب الله من سلاحه وإلغاء دوره اللبناني في وجه «إسرائيل» المحتلة، وخارجي في وجه الإرهاب المهدّد للمنطقة عموماً ولبنان خصوصاً.

لكن ما يدعو الى التنبه الشديد هو احتمال انعكاس الخلافات بين القوى السنية الى معارك بين أنصارها، او مشاريع حروب مع مذاهب وطوائف أخرى، لن تؤدي إلا الى انتاج مهزوم واحد هو الاستقرار اللبناني، وبالتالي الكيان السياسي وفقاً لمشروع كيسنجر الذي كان يعتبر لبنان فائضاً تاريخياً لا لزوم له.

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يتداول الناس على مختلف أوساطهم كلمة مثقف ويجتهدون في تفسيرها وفي المسؤوليات المترتبة على حملها. عموما، يرى الناس ان الذين يتصفون بهذه الكلمة يمكن أن يكونوا أعمدة في المجتمع ويقفوا مع الحق وضد الباطل والظلم. الناس يفترضون من دون تحليل أو فلسفة للكلمة أن الذي يتصف بالثقافة يحمل مسؤولية وأمانة كبيرتين، وهو لا بد يدافع عن العدالة ضد القهر والكبت والانحراف الأخلاقي. الخ.

لكن من المفروض أن يكون هناك تعريف للمثقف حتى يكون الناس عموما على بينة مما يتحدثون عنه، ومن المفروض أن تلعب وسائل الإعلام دورا أساسيا في البحث عن تعريف أو تعاريف ذات صبغة علمية وتنقلها للناس. بخاصة في هذه الأيام حين يكثر الحديث حول دور المثقفين في مواجهة التطبيع مع الكيان الصهيوني، وشد أزر القابضين على الجمر الرافضين للاعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني والتطبيع معه وإقامة أي علاقات معه سوى علاقة المقاومة ضده وضد من يدعمونه. هذا المقال القصير يقدم تعريفا، وللناس التفاعل معه.

المثقف هو صاحب علم ومعرفة يوظفهما لإحقاق الحق ومواجهة الظلم والقهر والاستعباد ومعالجة هموم الناس والسهر على راحتهم. وهذا هو الناجي الوحيد من بين أصناف المثقفين العديدة. وقد سبق أن كتبت كتابا بعنوان  قبور المثقفين العرب ونشرته دار الفرسان في عمان/ الأردن، وصنفت فيه المسمون بالمثقفين إلى أصناف وفئات عديدة، وكلها وضعتها في خانة مختلفة عن الخانة التي آوت المثقفين الحقيقيين وفق التعريف الذي اقدمه هنا.

صاحب العلم والمعرفة الذي لا يوظف علمه ومعارفه لخدمة الناس ليس مثقفا، إنما هو مثوقف يستعمل ما يحمل من علم ومعرفة من أجل الحصول على مكاسب آنية وشخصية ويكاد لا يلتفت بتاتا إلى مصالح الناس وهمومهم والمظالم التي تقع على رؤوسهم. هو يبحث عن منصب أو مال أو جاه، ولديه الاستعداد لأن ينافق ويكذب ويدجل من أجل مصالحه وفوائده المادية سواء كانت له مباشرة أو لأبنائه وزوجه وبناته. أغلب المثوقفين العرب ينتمون إلى خانة إرضاء المسؤول عساه يعطف عليه بمنصب أو جاه أو مال، أو تجنب العقاب الذي يمكن أن يمارسه المسؤول ضده. المثوقفون يخشون على الوظيفة، ويخشون الاعتقال وعقوبات أجهزة المخابرات والأجهزة الأمنية الأخرى. وهؤلاء يرون دائما أن الرزق والحياة بيد المسؤول وليس بيد الله سبحانه وتعالى، ولا يؤمنون بفكرة الاعتماد على الذات وتدبير الأمور ذاتيا إذا اصابه وأصاب عائلته سوء أو مكروه.

وسائل الإعلام في أغلبها تتحدث الآن عن دور المثقفين العرب في مواجهة التطبيع. أكيد هناك مثقفون يقفون مع الحق الفلسطيني ومع كل القضايا العربية، لكن المثوقفين يعدون أعدادا مضاعفة. أنظروا إلى دول الخليج والتي تحول العديد من رجال الدين فيها عن دينهم وأنكروا الخليفة عمر بن الخطاب ونقضوا عهده وأنكروا قول الله سبحانه بحق القدس والمسجد الأقصى وفرطوا بالديار المقدسة. لقد ثبت أنهم كانوا يعبدون الله لمصلحة، وبدلوا عندما أمرهم الحاكم الظالم الشهواني بذلك . وأسوق مثلا بعض المثوقفين المصريين الذين يجب أن يكونوا الشعلة في الدفاع عن تاريخ مصر وقضايا الأمة العربية، هم يمتدحون اللحاق بالكيان الصهيوني الآن. وحتى لا يدير مثوقف عربي ظهره أقول إننا في الساحة الفلسطينية خبرنا مواقف المثوقفين الفلسطينيين الذين صفقوا للاعتراف بالكيان الصهيوني والتنسيق الأمني معه وتوقيع اتفاق أوسلو المشؤوم، وارتضوا لأنفسهم أن يكونوا أدوات لتطبيق الاتفاق وإرضاء الكيان الصهيوني والأمريكيين. لي زملاء كثر في مختلف الجامعات الفلسطينية قبلوا على أنفسهم القبول بمناصب تخدم سلطة أوسلو، وتخدم الاحتلال في النهاية. لا تغضبوا أيها العرب فإن مثوقفينا لا يختلفون عن مثوقفيكم. كلانا في الشؤم واحد. لكن أيضا كل مثقفينا الكبار العظام على امتداد الوطن العربي الذين يضحون بمصالحهم يقفون شامخين يدا واحدة في مواجهة الانهيار العربي والفجر آت إن شاء الله.

المعركة الأميركية في لبنان: التطبيع أو ما يؤدي إليه؟

د.وفيق إبراهيم

الصراع المندلع في لبنان حول الجهة التي يجب أن تؤول اليها وزارة المالية في الحكومة المرتقبة التي يعكف على تشكيلها الرئيس المكلف مصطفى أديب، ليست أكثر من عنوان قد يكون مهماً، إنما في إطار الحرص الأميركي للإمساك بالسياسة الأميركية.

هذا ما يكشفه الإصرار الحاد من قبل مجموعات لبنانية سياسية مرتبطة بالأميركيين والسعوديين ترفض تسلّم أي شيعي لوزارة المالية، ولو اقتضى الأمر اعتذار أديب ودفع البلاد نحو الفراغ.

فينكشف وجود مشروعين متناقضين الأول يزعم ان مصطفى أديب يشكل حكومة مستقلة بمفرده بشكل لا يأخذ فيه بأي اقتراح للقوى النيابية السياسية، فيما يؤكد المشروع الثاني، أن هناك محاولة تشكيل لحكومة، أعطى الأميركيون لفريق لبناني مكون من الرئيس السابق للحكومة سعد الحريري ومعه ثلاثة رؤساء سابقون للحكومة هم فؤاد السنيورة وتمام سلام ونجيب ميقاتي، الحق باختيار اسماء الوزراء وطبيعة الحقائب، على أن يلبوا في الدرجة الاولى مهمة إبعاد حزب الله والرئيس نبيه بري وحلفائهم عن الحقائب الاساسية، خصوصاً وزارة المال التي تمتلك التوقيع الثالث في الدولة على معظم المراسيم والقوانين الى جانب توقيعي رئيس الجمهورية والحكومة.

هنا، بدا الفرنسيون تائهين في مبادرتهم لسببين: انتقادات أميركية حادة تستهدفهم بزعم أنهم لطيفون مع حزب الله ويلتقون بقياداته، أما السبب فيتعلق برفض حزب الله والرئيس بري، التخلي عن وزارة المالية التي يجزمون اتفاقية الدوحة إناطتها بهم عرفياً كحال الإناطة العرفية التاريخية لرئاستي الجمهورية للموارنة والحكومة للسنة وقيادة الجيش ومديرية المخابرات والإنماء والإعمار ومطار بيروت وطيران الشرق الاوسط والأمن العام والقضاء الاعلى، كلها مواقع موزعة مذهبياً بما يكشف ان الصراع على المالية يضمر خفايا اشتباك كبير أميركي مع حزب الله للسيطرة على السياسة اللبنانية من خلال الإمساك بحكومة أديب المرتقبة وقراراتها.

فمن يتصوّر أن وزارة المالية التي يمسك بها رئيس المجلس نبيه بري منذ أكثر من عقد تنتزع هذه الأهميات المحلية اللبنانية والخليجية السعودية والفرنسية والأميركية..

مع أن هذا لا ينفي مطلقاً أهميتها الداخلية في تحقيق هيمنة على السياسة اللبنانية من خلال الثنائية المارونية ـ السنية الى ثلاثية تخترقها الشيعية الثلاثية..

لكن الواضح أن هذه الشيعية السياسية هي جزء من إنتاج القرار السياسي اللبناني منذ انتصار حزب الله على إسرائيل في معارك 2006، ونجاحه في طردها من الأراضي اللبنانية، فأين الجديد إذا؟

لا بد أنه موجود من خلال وضوح التقاطع الأميركي ـ الفرنسي الذي انتج المبادرة الفرنسية الاخيرة في لبنان، وتبين أن مكابحها أميركية الصنع تعتمد خطة السيطرة على لبنان عبر حنين بعض اللبنانيين الى الفرنكوفونية ويجب بالمفهوم الأميركي، ان تحاصر حزب الله بإبعاده عن الحكومة.

الأمر الذي يوضح أن الأميركيين عبر الوساطة الفرنسية، يريدون نصب كمين دستوري حكومي، يلوّح ببعض حسنات الصندوق الدولي ومؤتمر سيدر والبنك الدولي لوقف الانهيار الاقتصادي اللبناني.

إلا أن لهذه الحسنات ما يقابلها أميركياً، وهي مخفية بألاعيب بعض رؤساء الحكومات السابقين الذين نجحوا بإيهام الرأي العام بأن الصراع داخلي على حقائب وأوزان طوائف فيتبين بالعمق أن الأميركيين يريدون حكومة تستطيع ان تربط بين وقف الانهيار الاقتصادي الداخلي وبين امتناع القوى اللبنانية عن التدخل في حروب الاقليم.. وهذا يعني إلغاء مشاركة حزب الله في ضرب الإرهاب في سورية وحدود لبنان الشرقية، وانتهاء دوره في الجنوب عبر تسليم قوات الطوارئ الدولية حق انتهاك القرى والبلدات اللبنانية الى عمق يصل الى سبعين كيلومتراً.

علماً ان الصورة الحالية للجنوب، هي احتلال اسرائيلي لبلدة الغجر ومزارع شبعا وكفرشوبا واحتلال مساحة من الحدود البرية والبحرية.

فلماذا يريد الأميركيون استصدار هذه القرارات من حكومة أديب؟

لديهم هدفان: إغراق لبنان بفوضى مسلحة تطالب بنزع سلاح حزب الله ونقل هذا الخلاف الى منظمة الأمم المتحدة، مع محاولات إعلان هذه الحكومة لحيادية لبنان في الصراع مع «اسرائيل» كما يطالب البطريرك الماروني الراعي وحزب القوات والخليج الذي احتضن أخيراً «اسرائيل».

بذلك يتضح ان ما يجري في لبنان من صراعات طوائف ليست إلا حجاباً رقيقاً يستر محاولة أميركية لنقل لبنان الى حلف التطبيع مع «اسرائيل» ـ أو الحياد معها على الأقل ـ وهذا يتطلب مشاركة شيعية في حكومة أديب ليست على قدر وازن من الفاعلية الوطنية.

فهل هذا ممكن؟ إن إصرار الثنائي الشيعي على وزارة المال وتسمية وزرائهم ليس عملاً طائفياً، بقدر ما يؤسس قدرة دستورية على مجابهة المشروع الأميركي الذي يريد دفع لبنان الى احضان «إسرائيل».

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”.

تابعوا تطبيق “عرب ٤٨”… سرعة الخبر | دقة المعلومات | عمق التحليلات

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”.

اقرأ/ أيضًا | مخطط الضم طرحه كوشنر لتهديد الفلسطينيين

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).

متى يُسدل الستار على جريمة أوسلو ويقطع جسر الانفتاح مع «إسرائيل»؟

حسن حردان

أدركت «إسرائيل» ومعها الولايات المتحدة انّ توقيع اتفاق كامب ديفيد عام ١٩٧٨ مع مصر، والذي أسهم في إخراجها من دائرة الصراع العربي الصهيوني، لم يحقق الهدف المطلوب وهو كسر جدار العزلة العربية والأفريقية والآسيوية والأميركية اللاتينية، من حول «إسرائيل»، ولن يمنحها «الشرعية» التي تريدها، واكتشفت أنّ السبيل لكسر هذه العزلة إنما يكمن في إحداث خرق في جدار الموقف الفلسطيني الذي يشكل الأساس في إبقاء وإدامة هذه العزلة، فطالما ظلّ هذا الموقف رافضاً الاعتراف بوجود «إسرائيل» ويستمرّ في الرهان على مواصلة خيار المقاومة الشعبية المسلحة سبيلاً لتحرير فلسطين لن تحصل «إسرائيل» على الاعتراف بوجودها وتكسر المقاطعة من حولها، لا سيما في العالم العربي، الذي يشكل الأساس كي تصبح «إسرائيل» دولة طبيعية مندمجة في المنطقة، لا تعيش فقط على المصل الأميركي الغربي، وإنما تتحوّل إلى مشروع يعيش بإمكانياته الذاتية من خلال تحوّل «إسرائيل» إلى المرتكز والمحور الأول في المنطقة الذي يستقطب رؤوس الأموال العربية ويستغلّ اليد العاملة العربية الرخيصة والنفط العربي وموقع فلسطين على البحر المتوسط وتوسّطها الوطن العربي بين المشرق والمغرب، وبالتالي تصبح «إسرائيل» هي قلب المنطقة والقوة الهيمنة عليها، والمحطة التي كلّ دول المنطقة بالمركز الرأسمالي الغربي… عندها فقط يتحقق الحلم الصهيوني في السيطرة على المنطقة وتغيير هويتها، والتربّع على عرشها كمشروع استعماري استيطاني يخدم المشروع الاستعماري الغربي الذي كان وراء إنشاء «إسرائيل» للعب هذا الدور وهذه الوظيفة…

اتفاق أوسلو، الذي وقع في ١٣ أيلول من عام ١٩٩٣ بين قيادة منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية وحكومة العدو الصهيوني، سهل تحقيق هذا الحلم الصهيوني عندما دشن رأس جسر الانفتاح على الكيان الصهيوني والاعتراف فيه.. فهو وفر المناخ المواتي بداية بإقدام المملكة الأردنية على توقيع اتفاق «وادي عربة»، ووفر الفرصة للعديد من الانظمة العربية التابعة للغرب للاتصال والاجتماع علناً مع مسؤولين صهاينة، بعد أن كانت مثل هذه اللقاءات محرّمة وتجري في السابق بشكل غير معلن، كما أنّ توقيع اوسلو أسقط مبرّرات استمرار مقاطعة دول عدم الانحياز في أفريقيا وآسيا وأميركا اللاتينية للكيان الصهيوني… هكذا فقد نجح أوسلو في أن يحقق لـ «إسرائيل» مكاسب لم تكن لتحلم بتحقيقها…

لقد كانت الأولوية الأساسية للقيادة الصهيونية تكمن في العمل على انتزاع الاعتراف بوجود الكيان الصهيوني ودمجه في المنطقة، وتحويله من كيان غاصب غير شرعي لا يحظى بالاعتراف بوجوده، الى كيان يحظى بمثل هذا الاعتراف بداية من قيادة منظمة التحرير، ومن قبل الدول العربية والأفريقية والآسيوية والأميركية اللاتينية، وكانت هذه الأولوية تتصدّر قائمة جدول أعمال الحكومات الصهيونية التي كانت ترى أنّ الكيان الصهيوني لا يمكن أن يعيش ويستمرّ إذا ما بقي معزولاً في محيطه المباشر وثم في المحيط الأقرب للمحيط العربي، وأنّ الحلقة الأساسية التي تحول دون كسر جدار العزلة والمقاطعة المفروض على «إسرائيل» إنما تكمن في منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية الممثل الشرعي للشعب الفلسطيني، المعترف به عربياً ودولياً، والتي إذا ما جرى استمالتها واغرائها وخداعها بتوقيع اتفاق يعترف بـ «إسرائيل» مع وعد بتحقيق السلام وإقامة دولة فلسطينية، فإنه سيفتح الطريق أمام «إسرائيل «لكسر جدار العزلة من حولها تحت عنوان.. «لماذا يا عرب أنتم ملكيين أكثر من الملك».. طالما أنّ منظمة التحرير اعترفت بوجود «إسرائيل» بموجب اتفاق أوسلو ونجري معها مفاوضات للتوصل إلى اتفاق نهائي لتحقيق السلام، فلماذا تستمرون في عدم إقامة العلاقات معنا وتستفيدون من ثمار هذه العلاقات بدعم اسرائيلي في مجالات عدة…؟»

إنّ جريمة أوسلو تكمن في أنها كسرت المحرمات في الصراع مع عدو الأمة العربية.. فكرّست الاعتراف بوجود «إسرائيل» من قبل منظمة التحرير، وفتحت باب إقامة العلاقات عربياً واسلامياً مع الكيان الصهيوني، وإشاعة الوهم حول تحقيق السلام وإقامة دولة فلسطينية مستقلة على حدود عام ١٩٦٧ وعاصمتها القدس الشرقية…

هذه هي جريمة أوسلو التي نحصد نتائجها هذه الأيام انفتاحاً عربياً على كيان العدو الغاصب، وتشجيعاً له على تنفيذ خطة القرن لتصفية القضية الفلسطينية، وشطب الحقوق الوطنية للشعب الفلسطيني…

لهذا فإنّ ما هو مطلوب اليوم قبل الغد، إقران الاتفاق على تشكيل قيادة فلسطينية للمقاومة الشعبية الموحدة ضدّ الاحتلال، بالتخلص من نهائياً من اتفاق أوسلو المشؤوم الذي لم يعد له من وظيفة سوى توفير المبرّرات لإضفاء الشرعية على إقامة العلاقات مع كيان العدو الصهيوني.. فكيف تستطيع السلطة الفلسطينية ومنظمة التحرير مطالبة الدول العربية مقاطعة «إسرائيل» وهي تقيم مثل هذه العلاقات وتستمرّ باتفاق أوسلو، ولم تعلن الخروج منه وسحب اعترافها بـ «إسرائيل» بعد أن انقلبت الأخيرة على كلّ التزماتها فيه، وأعلنت موت الاتفاق وجعلت من السلطة رهينة لديها وأداة أمنية لحماية الأمن الصهيوني ليس إلا…

قد يقول البعض إنك تغالي عندما تصف اتفاق أوسلو بالجريمة، ولكن هل هناك جريمة أكبر وأفظع من جريمة الاعتراف بوجود كيان غاصب احتلّ الأرض وشرّد الشعب وارتكب المجازر وانتهك الحرمات والمقدسات ولا يزال… إنّ وضع حدّ لهذه الجريمة والتمادي بها، هو السبيل لوقف استغلال أوسلو من قبل العدو الصهيوني وبعض الأنظمة التي تدور في الفلك الأميركي.. كما أنّ وضع نهاية لهذه الجريمة بإعلان الخروج نهائياً من اتفاق أوسلو وحل السلطة الفلسطينية وعودة منظمة التحرير إلى دورها التحرري الحقيقي، هو السبيل الذي يعزز المقاومة الشعبية والمسلحة، ويضع حداً ما يجري من استباحة للحق العربي في فلسطين، وتسابق الأنظمة التابعة للأميركي على إقامة العلاقات مع كيان العدو والاعتراف به، تحت شعار «لسنا ملكيين أكثر من الملك»… فمتى يسدل الستار على جريمة أوسلو وتنتهي هذه المسرحية… التي رسمت أوهام السلام مع عدو غاصب للأرض والحقوق، وأقامت جسر الانفتاح على «إسرائيل».. التي طالما جاهر وأعلن قادتها الصهاينة انهم لن يقبلوا إلا بمعادلة «السلام مقابل السلام»، وهو أمر عاد وأكد عليه أمس رئيس وزراء العدو بنيامين نتنياهو. أيّ أنه يقول للحكام العرب بأنّ عليكم أن ترفعوا راية الاستسلام لكيان العدو الذي اغتصب الأرض والحقوق، والتسليم والاعتراف بشرعيته والتخلي مطلقاً عن المطالبة بأيّ حقوق عربية في فلسطين، مقابل منحكم «السلام الصهيوني».

إنّ أقصر الطرق لوقف هذا الانحدار والتخاذل الرسمي العربي ووضع حدّ لتجرّؤ بعض الحكام العرب على تجاوز الحقوق العربية الفلسطينية والسير في ركب الحكومات التي وقعت اتفاقيات صلح مع العدو الصهيوني والاعتراف باغتصابه أرض فلسطين المحتلة، إنّ أقصر الطرق، لوقف هذا الانحدار، إنما يكون بإعلان فلسطيني موحد استعادة منظمة التحرير دورها التحرّري الموحّد لكلّ القوى والحركات الوطنية والإسلامية المقاومة والفاعليات الفلسطينية، والذي يرسم سقف الموقف الوطني الفلسطيني المتمسك بالحق العربي الفلسطيني كاملاً دون نقصان، ويعتبر أيّ اعتراف بكيان الاحتلال خيانة للقضية المركزية للأمة جمعاء، واستسلاماً للعدو.. لكن استعادة هذا الموقف الفلسطيني الموحد مرهون بالتخلص من اتفاق أوسلو وحلّ السلطة الفلسطينية.. والتأكيد أنّ الحليف الحقيقي للشعب الفلسطيني ومقاومته إنما هو محور المقاومة الذي يبذل الدماء دفاعاً عن فلسطين ورفضاً لأيّ تفريط بالحقوق العربية فيها.. فما يحصل يجب أن يكون درساً لتحديد الصديق من العدو…

Hamas Official To Al-Ahed: Unity A Slap in the Face of Normalization That Stabbed Palestinian Cause’s Back

Hamas Official To Al-Ahed: Unity A Slap in the Face of Normalization That Stabbed Palestinian Cause’s Back

By Mahdi Qashmar

Day by day, the Arab League proves that it seeks issues that have nothing to do with Arabs’ concerns and anxieties. Its stance concerning normalization was perhaps the most notable proof in this context. Some of its members became Arabs just when it comes to the identity as the Palestinian cause is now absent from their projects. It rather seems that the top priority for some member states is to target the Palestinian cause, perhaps they please the Zionists and the Americans at a time when the plot had become greater than anyone can imagine.  

In a conversation with “Al-Ahed News”, representative of Palestinian resistance movement “Hamas” in Lebanon, Ali Baraka, regretted the Arab League’s decision, which rejected the Palestinian draft resolution that condemned the UAE-‘Israel’ normalization deal.

Baraka considered that it was a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause and people, noting that this decision encourages the Zionist enemy to continue its criminality and aggressive actions, whether by continuing the siege on the Gaza Strip, the West Bank annexation plan, or ignoring the Palestinian people’s rights.    

Baraka called on all Arab states to back the Palestinian position that refused the “Deal of the Century”, the annexation plan, and the normalization with the Zionist enemy.

He also noted that the most important move that “Hamas” and the Palestinian factions could make was unifying all Palestinian parties, promoting national unity, and building a common strategy to face the “Deal of the Century”, the annexation plan and the normalization schemes. He added that “it was the reason for which “Hamas” had participated, at the leadership level, in the conference for Secretaries-General of all Palestinian factions in Beirut, through which an agreement had been reached to establish three Palestinian committees to continue the joint action in order to establish a unified national leadership to end division and achieve national reconciliation.”

The “Hamas” official stressed that resistance movement is ready to cooperate with all Palestinian factions in order to strengthen the home front and protect the Palestinian cause from Zionist-American schemes to slap the face of all conspiracies targeting this central cause.

مملكة البحرين السعودية الصهيونية – نضال حمد

 الصفصاف

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

Next? Bahraini Regime Joins Betrayers of Palestine, Announces Normalizing Ties with ‘Israel’

Next? Bahraini Regime Joins Betrayers of Palestine, Announces Normalizing Ties with ‘Israel’

By Staff

In the latest unashamed move against the Middle East’s central cause, Palestine, the treacherous Bahraini regime tasked US President Donald Trump with announcing the normalization of ties with the ‘Israeli’ occupation entity.

This makes it the second country after the United Arab Emirates [UAE] to speak publicly of normalized ties with ‘Israel.’

Such so-called ‘peace’ deals have been widely censured as a betrayal of the Palestinian nation and the Palestinian cause.

Trump said in a tweet on Friday that Bahrain had agreed to join the UAE in striking a deal to normalize relations with Tel Aviv.

The White House said the Trump had broken the news after speaking by phone to Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifah and Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He also attached to a separate tweet a joint statement, whereby the three had agreed on and expressed commitment to “the establishment of full diplomatic relations between ‘Israel’ and the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

They also boasted the deal in the statement as a “historic breakthrough,” and claimed the agreement was aimed at increasing “stability, security, and prosperity in the region.”

Bahrain has agreed to formalize the deal with ‘Israel’ at a ceremony on September 15 at the White House, where the United Arab Emirates would also sign off on its own thaw with the occupying regime announced in mid-August.

The Zionist entity and the UAE agreed to a US-brokered deal to normalize relations on August 13. Under the agreement, the Tel Aviv regime has purportedly agreed to “temporarily” suspend applying its own rule to further areas in the occupied West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley that Netanyahu had pledged to annex.

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متخفّيان داخل طائرة مساعدات..

دحلان وطحنون بن زايد زارا تل أبيب سرّاً.. ومعارض إماراتيّ يؤكد ذلك

كشفت صحيفة «يديعوت احرونوت» الصهيونية، أمس، عن زيارة إلى الكيان الصهيوني قام بها القيادي المفصول من حركة فتح محمد دحلان، ورئيس الاستخبارات الإماراتيّة طحنون بن زايد.

وأوضحت الصحيفة في تقرير مطوّل، أن الطائرة الإماراتية التي هبطت في مطار اللد قبل أشهر وتحمل مساعدات طبية إلى الضفة الغربية، لم تكن محملة بالمساعدات فقط بل اختبأ فيها شخصان هما محمد دحلان وطحنون بن زايد حيث أجريا محادثات مطولة جداً ولم يغادرا الطائرة.

وذكرت الكاتبة سمدار بيري، أن تلك الطائرة أحدثت توتراً كبيراً بين السلطة وبين الإمارات، حيث رفضت السلطة تسلّم الطائرة، احتجاجاً على الطريقة التي وصلت فيها الطائرة من دون تنسيق مع السلطة.

وأشارت الكاتبة الصهيونية إلى أن محمد دحلان كان له دور واضح وملموس في هندسة الاتفاق الإماراتي الصهيوني المُسمى «اتفاق إبراهيم»، منوهة إلى أنه لم يكفّ عن منافسته وانتظاره خلافة رئيس السلطة محمود عباس.

من جانبه قال المعارض الإماراتي البارز عبدالله الطويل، إن طحنون بن زايد برفقة محمد دحلان قد زارا الكيان الصهيوني سراً لوضع اللمسات الأخيرة على بنود الاتفاق الثلاثي.

وأوضح المعارض الإماراتي أن هذه الزيارة تمّت بغطاء المساعدات الإنسانية التي بعثتها الإمارات عبر تل أبيب بسبب جائحة كورونا ورفضت السلطة الفلسطينية تسلمها.

ووصفت الصحف العبرية محمد دحلان، القيادي المفصول من حركة فتح والمستشار الخاص لولي عهد أبوظبي، بـ»مستشار بن زايد السري» عشية إعلان اتفاق التطبيع، معتبرة أن «الصفقة تمّت بتعاون من دحلان، للرجل الذي يهمس في أذن حاكم الإمارات، والذي قد يتوج كخليفة لمحمود عباس رئيس السلطة الفلسطينية».

ويبدو أن كلاً من الصهاينة والأميركيين يودون مكافأة دحلان على جهوده هذه، بتحضيره لزعامة السلطة الفلسطينية بعد عباس، إذ تنقل الصحافة الصهيونيّة عن مصادر أميركية مطلعة أن الاتفاقية الثلاثية بين الولايات المتحدة وكيان الاحتلال والإمارات تتضمن عودة محمد دحلان للسلطة الفلسطينية، وأن اتفاق أبوظبي – تل أبيب يحسّن فرص محمد دحلان في «معركة الميراث»، كما أنه يحظى بدعم من مصر والأردن والإمارات والسعودية.

ويتحدث موقع i24 الصهيوني عن أن عودة دحلان «ستزيد الصراع في قيادة حركة فتح على قيادة السلطة الفلسطينية»، إذ كان دحلان منافساً لحليفه السابق في حركة فتح محمود عباس قبل أن يفرّ إلى المنفى.

وكانت تقارير سابقة قد تحدثت عن تنظيم دحلان للقاءات سرية عديدة خلال السنوات الأخيرة، بين مسؤولين إماراتيين وصهاينة، ساهمت في تطوير العلاقة بين الطرفين بشكل كبير.

ويتهم دحلان بلعب أدوار في دول عدة لصالح الإمارات، كما تتهم تركيا دحلان بالتورط في الانقلاب الفاشل لعام 2016، ولعب دور في اغتيال الصحافي السعودي جمال خاشقجي في القنصليّة السعوديّة في اسطنبول العام الماضي.

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

كما رصدت أنقرة مكافأة قدرها 4 ملايين ليرة تركية، لمن يدلي بمعلومات تقود إلى إلقاء القبض عليه.

النظام العربي والسلطة الفلسطينية

سعاده مصطفى أرشيد*

في 13 أيلول القريب، بعد أيام، تمرّ بنا ذكرى حزينة تمثلت بالتوقيع على اتفاق أوسلو في حديقة البيت الأبيض، حيث ظهر على شاشات الفضائيات، الرئيس ياسر عرفات وإلى جانبه الرئيس محمود عباس باسمَيْن، فيما كان يقف مقابلهما إسحاق رابين بوجهه العابس المتعالي وبجانبه شمعون بيرس بسحنته الثعلبية، المضيفون والضيوف على حدّ سواء باسِمون، فيما غابت عن الشاشات الوجوه العابسة والغاضبة التي كانت تعرف إلى أيّ مآل سيصل هذا الاتفاق بالوضع الفلسطيني، وكيف سيمثل قاطرة تجرّ وراءها عربات التطبيع العربي والإسلامي، وفي ذات يوم الذكرى وفي ذات المكان سيتمّ توقيع الاتفاق الإماراتي – «الإسرائيلي».

للردّ على التداعيات التي تواجهها المسألة الفلسطينية، عُقد اجتماع للأمناء العامين لفصائل العمل الوطني الفلسطينية وذلك عبر (الفيديوكونفرنس) في كلّ من بيروت ورام الله وغزة يوم الخميس الماضي، وكان من الطبيعي أن تستأثر كلمتا الرئيس عباس ورئيس المكتب السياسي لحماس إسماعيل هنيه باهتمام المتابعين على قلة عددهم، تحدث الرئيس بلسان تصالحي، وأكد على أن لا تنازل عن الحدّ الأدنى المتعارف عليه في منظمة التحرير، والمتمثل بدولة فلسطينية على حدود الرابع من حزيران وعاصمتها القدس، وعلى حق العودة، وعلى رفض صفقة ترامب (القرن) التي اعتبر الرئيس أنّ الشعب الفلسطيني قد أسقطها، ومرّ على ذكر المقاومة الشعبية (السلمية)، فيما كان الشيخ هنية لطيفاً ومجاملاً في ردّه ومعترفاً بصفة الرئيس عباس، وأكد على رفض «صفقة القرن» وعلى رفض حماس إقامة الدولة في غزة برغم ما مورس عليها من ترغيب وترهيب، كما أكد على تمسك الحركة بخيار المقاومة بكافة أشكالها.

وفي نهاية اللقاء صدر بيان ختامي مشترك نمطي وتوافقي وأحال قرارات الاجتماع إلى لجان.

لم يحظ الاجتماع باهتمام واسع لا لدى الفلسطيني القديم (التقليدي) ولا لدى الفلسطيني الجديد (نسخة ما بعد 2007 التي أشرف عليها الجنرال الأميركي دايتون أمنياً ورئيس وزراء بريطانيا الأسبق اقتصادياً)، فالفلسطيني القديم لم يصدّق ما قاله المؤتمرون في خطاباتهم وفي بيانهم الختامي، فما يجري على الأرض شيء لا يتفق مع ما قيل أو ورد في البيان، ولم يكن البيان إلا تكراراً مملاً لكلّ البيانات التي صدرت منذ 2006 عن جولات الحوار ولقاءات المصالحة، لم يعجب الفلسطيني القديم لغة المجاملات التي يعرف أنها لا تعبّر بصدق عن حقيقة المشاعر ولا عن طريق إرسال السلامات لهذا أو التحيات لذاك، لذلك يرى الفلسطيني القديم أنّ ما حصل ليس إلا جولة من جولات موسمية، تعقد لأسباب طارئة، قد ترفع من معدلات التفاؤل الزائف مؤقتاً، لينقشع لاحقاً عن أزمات أعمق، طالما لم يتمّ تناول القضايا الأساسية بروح مسؤولة وجادة، طالما بقي نهج العمل بالسياسة بنظام المياومة هو السائد، أما إذا كان المطلوب تبادل الغزل وتراشق المديح، فلماذا لا نرى اتفاقاً على برنامج حدّ أدنى توافقي؟ ولماذا لا يزال الانقسام المدمّر قائماً لا بل انه يترسّخ ويتعمّق؟ لماذا لم تمارس المقاومة قبل الاجتماع كلّ بالشكل الذي يراه سلماً أو حرباً؟ لا أظن أنّ أحداً يصدّق أنّ إمكانية إقامة دولة فلسطينية على حدود الرابع من حزيران وعاصمتها القدس أمر ممكن بالمدى القريب أو المتوسط في ظلّ تبعات أوسلو وموازين القوى الراهنة.

أما الفلسطيني الجديد ففي ظني انه لم يتابع الاجتماع ولم يسمع به وربما لا يعرف معظم الخطباء ولم يسمع بهم أصلاً، فهو لا يحمل إلا همّه الخاص، ولا يعنيه أيّ شأن عام، يلهث وراء ما يترصّد في حسابه البنكي من بقايا الراتب إنْ كان موظفاً، بعد أن تخصم منه أقساط القروض وفوائدها، أما إنْ كان غير موظف فاهتمامه هو بالاتصال عبر وسائل التواصل الالكتروني بمنسق نشاطات الجيش الإسرائيلي في الضفة الغربية للحصول على تصريح عمل في المستوطنات الصهيونية ومزارعها ومصانعها وورشات بنائها.

حالة عدم الاكتراث باجتماع الأمناء العامين امتدّت لتشمل الحكومة الإسرائيلية والمجال العربي والدولي، فلم يصدر عن الحكومة الإسرائيلية ما يشير إلى قلقها اثر ما أطلقه بعض الخطباء من تهديدات، «الإسرائيلي» على ما بدا من ردّ فعله – أو للدقة من عدم ردّ فعله – يعرف المدى الذي يمكن أن يصل إليه هذا الاجتماع، وانه ليس إلا فزعة صوتية.

أما على المجال العربي فكانت أخبار عابرة لم تلق تأييدًا أو استنكاراً، وفي حين أشار بعض المتحمّسين إلى أنّ من ميزات الاجتماع انه تمّ دون وساطة عربية، فإنّ أخباراً تواترت تفيد أنّ حواراً مستفيضاً قد سبق هذا الاجتماع برعاية قطرية، وحين اعتذرت بيروت عن استضافة جزء من الاجتماع، تدخلت الدوحة وأرسلت سفيرها متعدّد المهام إلى بيروت للطلب من اللبنانيين القبول باستضافة اللقاء، ولا أظنّ قطر خالصة النية أو أنها جمعية خيرية ولجنة إصلاح، وإنما هي دولة لها مصالحها ورؤاها، وتتحضّر للانطلاق من جديد للعب دور إقليمي في حال فوز المرشح الديمقراطي جو بايدن في انتخابات مطلع تشرين الثاني المقبل.

لم يكن اجتماع الأمناء العامين آتياً من فراغ وإنما كانت له مقدماته وضروراته التي أملت على كلّ من رام الله وغزة عقده، وهكذا كان اللقاء الموسمي المؤقت حاجة لكليهما لمواجهة أخطار ملحة ومشتركة تتهدّدهما، المقدمة الأولى كانت في التطبيع الإماراتي – الإسرائيلي الذي يستطيع كلّ من لم يطبّع أو ينسّق مسبقاً أن يدينه بأشدّ العبارات، وهذا التطبيع لم يكن أمراً طارئاً أو مفاجئاً، فالعلاقات الإماراتية ـ «الإسرائيلية» قديمة، وما الإعلان عنها إلا تتويج للعلاقات المتواصلة والمعقدة بينهما والتي شملت معظم المجالات الاقتصادية والسياسية والأمنية، وهي تعود لوقت طويل ولكنه في غالب الأمر لا يسبق تاريخ 13 أيلول 1993، أما توقيته فقد جاء لتلبية حاجات حليفهم ومرشحهم في الانتخابات الأميركية الرئيس ترامب، فمن شأن هذا الاتفاق أن يدعمه بمادة انتخابية، ولكن الأهمّ أنّ التطبيع مع الإمارات يستبطن الخوف من القيادي الفتحاوي المفصول محمد دحلان المقيم في الإمارات وتربطه بأمرائها الإعجاب والثقة والعلاقات الحميمة، وقد تحدثت مصادر سياسية للصحافة الجادة بأنه سيتلقى دعماً عربياً وغربياً للعب دور هامّ في رام الله وغزة على حدّ سواء.

في الإقليم محاور رئيسة وأخرى فرعية، المحاور الرئيسة ثلاثة: الأول المحور السعودي – الإماراتي – المصري ومعهم ليبيا حفتر ويمن منصور هادي، وفي جنبات هذا المحور يلعب دحلان دوراً ما، يبالغ بعض الناس في حجمه زيادة ونقصاناً، ووجود دحلان في هذا المحور يقطع الطريق على رام الله لتكون عضواً فيه، والثاني محور تركيا – قطر – الإخوان المسلمون وبالطبع حماس حيث يقطع وجودها الطريق أيضاً على رام الله لأن تكون عضواً فيه، والثالث محور إيران – حزب الله الذي لا تريد رام الله أصلاً أن تكون فيه أو تقترب منه، ثم هناك محور فرعي جديد آخذ في التشكل، حيث أنّ التطبيع الإماراتي ولاحقاً الخليجي مع «إسرائيل» قد جعل دوري مصر والأردن يتآكلان، فيما العراق الحائر يشارك الأردن ومصر في حالة التهميش، عقدت الدول الثلاث قمّتها في عمّان مؤخراً، وكان من الطبيعي أن تكون رام الله معهم في هذه القمة وفي تشكيل هذا المحور اللاهث في سعيه نحو البقاء، إلا أنها لم تتلقّ دعوة للمشاركة، الأمر الذي زاد من ريبتها وضاعف من قلقها وشعورها أنّ النظام العربي قد غسل يديه منها، وفي إشارة إضافية تحمل ذات الدلالة، أنّ الجامعة العربية كانت قد رفضت طلباً فلسطينياً لاجتماع طارئ لمجلس الجامعة مخصّص لبحث مسألة التطبيع الإماراتي، إلا أنّ الطلب تمّ رفضه وأبلغ أمين عام الجامعة الخارجية الفلسطينية بأن يطرحوا ما يريدون في الاجتماع العادي والذي كان يوم أمس الأربعاء، ألقى وزير الخارجية كلمة مطوّلة وتقدّم بمشروع قرار تمّ إسقاطه، ثم أنّ ما توارد من أنباء عن دور محتمل لمحمد دحلان، يحمل مقداراً عالياً من الجدية والخطورة، جعلت من رام الله تسعى للاقتراب من غزة وتدعو إلى اجتماع الأمناء العامين بهذه النبرة التصالحية.

لا تستطيع المجاملات ولا المواقف الظرفية النهوض بالوضع الفلسطيني، وها قد مرّ أسبوع على الاجتماع ولم نسمع عن تشكيل لجنة الشخصيات الوطنية الوازنة التي ذكرها البيان الختامي والتي ستكلف بملف المصالحة وتنجزه في مدة أقصاها خمسة أسابيع، ما يستطيع النهوض بالحالة التي نعيشها هو في وحدة الشعب الفلسطيني على قاعدة لا تسقط خياراً ولا تستثني أحداً، ولا تتمسك بخيار المفاوضات الذي أصبح حرفة وحياة عند بعضهم، لا يمكن إعادة تجديد النظام السياسي الفلسطيني بدون انتخابات والقبول بنتائجها، ولا يمكن بناء برامج لا تتكئ على البعد القومي.

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*سياسي فلسطيني مقيم في جنين – فلسطين المحتلة

إنزال «إسرائيلي» في أبو ظبي وإعلان حرب ضدّ طهران…!

محمد صادق الحسيني

الإنزال «الإسرائيلي» خلف خطوط تاريخ العرب والمسلمين وجغرافيا محور المقاومة وتحديداً على بعد ١٥ كم من حدود الجمهورية الإسلامية، لم يكن الهدف منه التطبيع فحسب، فهذا كان موجوداً بالأساس مع الإمارات وسائر دول مجلس التعاون عدا الكويت منذ سنين…!

انّ هدف هذا الخرق الاستعراضي الوقح في الشكل والجوهر في هذه اللحظة التاريخية هو نقل مستوى الصراع بين الجانبين من مجرد حرب استخبارية وخوض معارك «ناعمة» واغتيالات كانت قد شهدتها ولايات عديدة من الإمارات بالتنسيق بين كلّ من الموساد الإسرائيلي والاستخبارات الأميركية وأمن أبو ظبي خلال العقود الماضية كان آخرها عملية قتل المبحوح باعتباره صلة الوصل بين فلسطين المحتلة وطهران، وذلك في دبي في العام ٢٠١٠، وفر لها مدير شرطة دبي المتبجّح ضاحي خلفان الغطاء العملياتي الكامل… إلى حرب مفتوحة بين تل إبيب وطهران…!

وفي هذا السياق كشف مصدر أوروبي غربي واسع الاطلاع، مختصّ بالشأن الإيراني، في إطار تعليق له على اتفاقية الإمارات مع «إسرائيل»، بما يلي:

تمّ تشغيل غرفة عمليات أمنية عسكرية أميركية إسرائيلية سعودية، بداية شهر حزيران الماضي، في أبو ظبي.
الهدف المرسوم لهذه الغرفة هو: تحقيق كلّ ما فشلت الولايات المتحدة و«إسرائيل» والسعودية في تحقيقه، خلال السنوات العشرين الماضية، وذلك قبل نهاية هذا العام، أيّ قبل ان يتسلم الرئيس الأميركي الذي سيُنتخب في شهر ١١/٢٠٢٠، مهامه.
اما عن طبيعة هذا الهدف، حسب القائمين على تشغيل الغرفة، فهو اختراق الوضع الإيراني، من خلال دمج أسلوب إحداث الفوضى الشاملة، والاحتجاجات الشعبية الواسعة النطاق، مع عمليات تخريب عسكرية داخل إيران، تبدأ بتنفيذها مجموعات مسلحة، جرى ويجري تدريبها في أبو ظبي، وسيتمّ التطرق لها لاحقاً.
يمثل الإدارة الأميركية (وزارة الخارجية) في هذه اللجنة إليوت أبرامز، الذي تمّ تعيينه حديثاً مسؤولاً عن الملف الإيراني، بعد استقالة بريان هوك المفاجئة من هذا المنصب، بينما يمثل السعوديه بندر بن سلطان، فيما يمثل الإمارات طحنون بن زايد.
ملاحظة: من الجدير بالذكر انّ بندر بن سلطان يدير ملف العمليات الخارجية، في المخابرات السعودية، وهو يشرف على كافة تفاصيل هذه العلاقات، سواء كانت مع أفراد او تنظيمات او أحزاب، ايّ أنه هو من يدير العلاقات مع التنظيمات التكفيرية مثل القاعدة وداعش وغيرهما.

بينما يتولى تركي الفيصل إدارة ملف العلاقات مع جميع الشخصيات والتنظيمات والأحزاب الدينية، التي تدور في فلك السعوديه، ولعلّ علاقاته مع تنظيم «مجاهدي خلق» أوضح الأمثلة على نشاطاته.

اما المدرّبون فعددهم ٣٢ ضابطاً، بينهم عشرون ضابطاً أردنياً وخمسة سعوديين وسبعة إماراتيين، بالإضافة الى أربعة ضباط ارتباط وتنسيق أميركيين، وضابطين إسرائليين برتبة رائد يقومون بمهمات المتابعة الاستخبارية، وبرمجة تدريب أعضاء المجموعة الأولى، على عمليات جمع المعلومات الاستخبارية، بعد دخولهم الى إيران.

يقوم الديوان الملكي السعودي، وكذلك الأميري في أبو ظبي، بتغطية نفقات هذه الغرفة، من خلال قنوات خاصة بذلك، لا علاقة لها بأيّ جهات إدارية أخرى في الدولتين، وهي نفقات غير محدّدة بالأرقام. ايّ أنها تتمتع، عملياً، بموازنة مفتوحة وبلا سقف محدّد.
علماً انّ هذا الأسلوب متبع لدى المخابرات السعودية والخليجية وبأوامر أميركية. وقد سبق لكونداليزا رايس ان أعطت أمراً شفوياً، لبندر بن سلطان، حين كان سفيراً في واشنطن منتصف تسعينيات القرن الماضي، لتغطية نشاط خارجي، لجهة عربية غير سعودية، بدون تحديد أيّ سقف لتلك التغطية المالية، ما يعني أنها مفتوحة، خاصة أنها أكدت لإبن سلطان على ضرورة التغطية مهما بلغت الأرقام.

كما أكد المصدر انّ هذه الغرفة قد شرعت، منذ أواسط شهر حزيران ٢٠٢٠، بتدريب المجموعات التالية:
شبان باكستانيون، من قومية البلوش الباكستانية، عدد ٨٦ فرد.
شبان إيرانيون، من قومية البلوش في إيران، عدد ١٠٢ فرداً.
شبان أفغان، من قوميتي الطاجيك والهزارة، في مقاطعة حيرات(هرات)، عدد ٧١ فرداً.
شبان إيرانيون، من عرب الاحواز (اهواز)، عدد ٦٩ فرداً.
افراد من «مجاهدي خلق»، ممن يتحدّرون من اصول إيرانية، ومقيمون في مختلف الدول الأوروبية، عدد ٢٤٦ فرداً.
وهم يكملون الآن دورة تدريبية عسكرية، في القاعدة الجوية بمدينة زايد جنوب غرب أبو ظبي، مدتها ثمانية أسابيع.

كذلك سيخضع عدد مماثل، للعدد المذكور أعلاه، لدورة تدريبية لمدة ثمانية أسابيع أيضاً، في معسكر صحراوي، أقيم خصيصاً لهذا الغرض، شرق بلدة عَصَب، بالقرب من الخط رقم E 65، وسيتمّ تدريبهم على عمليات القوات الخاصة.
أما عن نوعية التدريبات، التي ستخضع لها هذه المجموعات، فقد أضاف المصدر:
انّ المجموعه الأولى ستتلقى تدريبات عسكرية شاملة على الشكل التالي:

أ ـ التدريب على كافة أنواع الأسلحة الفردية، من بنادق رشاشة ومسدسات وقنابل يدوية دفاعية وهجومية، مختلفة العيارات. بالإضافة إلى التدريب على استخدام الرشاشات المتوسطة، كرشاش PKS، والرشاشات الثقيلة، من مختلف أنواع الرشاشات عيار ٢٣ ملم.

ب) التدريب على استخدام القذائف الصاروخية المضادة للدروع، خاصة قذائف «آر بي جي» وصواريخ «لاو»، وغيرها من القذائف المضادة للدروع.

ج) التدرّب ليس فقط على استخدام كافة أنواع المتفجرات وخاصة طرق إعداد العبوات الجانبية وزرعها على الطرق وتفجيرها عن بعد، وإنما على تصنيع عدة أنواع منها بمواد مزدوجة الاستخدام، لمواجهة ظروف ميدانية معينة قد لا يتوفر فيها مجال تزويد بعض تلك المجموعات بذخائر ومتفجرات من الخارج.

د) التدرّب على تنفيذ عمليات: اغتيالات بمسدسات مع كواتم صوت/ تنفيذ عمليات تفجير من خلال زرع عبوات ناسفة وتفجيرها عن بعد/ عمليات تخريب دون استخدام الأسلحة خاصة في محطات الطاقة ومحولات نقل الطاقة/ عمليات إغارة سريعة على أهداف ثابتة، كحواجز الجيش والقوى الأمنية او مواقع ومنشآت هامة، والانسحاب السريع الى نقاط الانطلاق.

هـ) التدرّب على السباحة وقيادة الزوارق المطاطية.

أما المجموعة الثانية، ودائماً حسب المصدر، فإنها ستتدرّب على:

– تنفيذ العمليات الخاصة على النمط الذي يستخدمه الجيش الأردني، وهو نمط هجين بين تدريبات قوة ديلتا الأميركية وتدريبات القوات الخاصة البريطانية.

– علماً انّ هذه المجموعات سيتمّ استخدامها او تفعيلها، بعد ان يتمّ إدخالها تسللاً الى الداخل الإيراني، عندما تبدأ الفوضى الشعبية في الشارع، وذلك بهدف تنفيذ عمليات استعراضية (بمعنى مؤثرة) للتأثير على معنويات المواطنين سلباً وإيجاباً وإعطاء الدفع المعنوي للمجموعات المعادية للثوره داخل إيران.

كما توفرت معلومات، غير مؤكدة ١٠٠٪ حتى الآن، بأنّ مجموعة أخرى، قوامها ١٢٠ فرداً إيرانياً وباكستانياً وأفغانياً، يجري تدريبهم في مدينة التدريب المسماة: مدينة محمد بن زايد للتدريب، التابعه للجيش الأردني في الأردن، والتي تمّ بناؤها بتمويل إماراتي كامل وافتتحت في شهر ٣/٢٠١٩.
أما عن طرق تسريب هؤلاء الإرهابيين، الى داخل إيران، فقد أكد المصدر على انّ ذلك سيتمّ عبر:

*البحر، من الإمارات، والحدود العراقية، منطقة شمال البصرة وخانقين، على الحدود الغربية لإيران.

*عبر الحدود الباكستانية الإيرانية، اذ انّ أولئك الذين سيتمّ تشغيلهم في المناطق الشرقية والجنوبية الشرقية من إيران، سيتمّ إدخالهم من منطقة تافتان ، بعد ان يتمّ نقلهم بالطائرات الى مطار جوزاك ، الذي يبعد ١٢ كم عن الحدود مع إيران، وليس الى مطار تافتان، الذي لا يبعد سوى ٣ كم عن الحدود الإيرانية مع باكستان، وذلك بهدف إيصالهم الى بلدة ميرجاوه حيث توجد نقطة ارتكاز، في تلك المنطقة، تديرها الاستخبارات السعودية.

*عبر الحدود الأفغانية الإيرانية، حيث سيتمّ نقل المجموعات الأفغانية، التي سيجري إدخالها الى إيران، جواً الى مطار حيرات (هرات) ثم يتسللون الى داخل إيران، بمساعدة عناصر استخبارية أميركية من المواطنين الأفغان المحليين، باتجاه ما يطلقون عليه اسم: قواعد ارتكاز، في كلّ من:

سانغان / قاسم آباد ومنطقة مشهد ريزه .

منطقة أحمدآباد / تُربَتْ إيجام (تربت جام) .

كلّ هذا تعرفه طهران بالطبع كما تعرفه قوى محور المقاومة ولديها سجل كلّ الخونة والمتعاملين، وهي لهم بالمرصاد…!

قل الله اسرع مكراً ان رسلنا يكتبون ما تمكرون.

بعدنا طيبين قولوا الله…

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Iran’s response to any move by Mossad in region will include UAE, says aide to parliament speaker

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September 7, 2020 – 21:50

TEHRAN – In a clear warning to the United Arab Emirates, Hussein Amir-Abdollahian, the special aide to the speaker of the Iranian Parliament on international affairs, said Iran’s response to any provocative move by the Israeli intelligence services would include the UAE.

“Since the UAE disclosed the normalization of its relations with the fake regime of Israel, Iran’s response to any overt or covert move by Israel’s Mossad spy agency or their agents in the Islamic Republic or the region will not be directed at the Zionist entity only, but the UAE will also be part of the response,” Amir-Abdollahian told al-Alam news network.

The special aide was referring to a recent U.S.-brokered normalization deal between the UAE and Israel, which was announced on August 13 during a ceremony at the White House attended by senior U.S. officials including President Donald Trump.

Under the deal, officially known as the Abraham Accords, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” according to a joint statement issued by the U.S., Israel and the UAE.

The two leaders have also “committed to the exchange of embassies and ambassadors, and to begin cooperation in a broad range of fields including education, healthcare, trade, and security,” the White House said in a statement on August 13.

Amir-Abdollahian said the UAE has not only endangered its security by cooperating with Israel, but it also has put the security of the whole region in danger, including the security of both energy supply routes and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“Netanyahu has treated the leaders of the Emirates so derogatorily that he felt the entire Emirates was like a Zionist settlement that he was going to unveil. This is a humiliation that was brought about by Mohammad bin Zayed to the people of the Emirates and the people of the entire region. We strongly deplore this. And we really hope that the sages of the Emirates change tack,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
 
He also warned Saudi Arabia against cooperation with Israel, saying his warning to the UAE also applies to Saudi Arabia.

The Saudis have committed a “big betrayal” to the cause of Palestine by opening their airspace to an Israeli airline to fly over Saudi Arabia en route to the UAE, Amir-Abdollahian noted, referring to the first direct commercial flight operated by the Israeli airline El Al between Israel and the UAE on August 31.


‘disintegration plot’

The special aide warned that the Israelis sought to normalize relations with Arab countries to gain broad access to Arab and Muslim countries to disintegrate the region’s countries including the UAE itself.
 
The Israelis want to carry out their “big Zionists plot,” which aims to disintegrate the region as soon as possible, said Amir-Abdollahian, adding that Israel plans to partition even a small country like the UAE.

“Saudi Arabia will conclude from its relationship with the Zionist entity that the U.S.-Zionist plots to disintegrate Saudi Arabia will be implemented faster, and there is a similar view about the UAE as well. You might say that the UAE is not a big country, but the Zionists want, through their secret plots, to divide the UAE into seven separate states or regions, and this is what they have sought to achieve in recent years against Iran, Iraq, Syria, and even Egypt and Turkey,” the Iranian official warned.

Iran has strongly criticized the UAE for deciding to sign the normalization deal with Israel to normalize ties with Tel Aviv, calling it a “strategic stupidity” and a “treason” against the Palestinians.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran considers this ‘shameful’ action of Abu Dhabi in normalizing ties with the fake, anti-human and illegitimate Zionist regime a dangerous action and warns about any interference of the Zionist regime in equations of the Persian Gulf region and announces that the government of the Emirates and other accompanying governments must admit responsibility for consequences of this action,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on August 14.

Iranian high-ranking officials including President Hassan Rouhani has warned the UAE against giving Israel a stronghold on Iran’s doorstep, a move that could further ratchet up tensions between Iran and the UAE.

“They thought that if they approach the Zionist regime, their security and economy would be ensured, while this is wrong and 100% condemned, and it is a clear betrayal to the Palestinian people, the cause of al-Quds and Muslims,” the presidential website quoted President Rouhani as saying, days after the UAE announced the normalization deal with Israel.

“The rulers of the United Arab Emirates should know that they have gone in the wrong direction if they think that they can buy security for themselves by getting closer to the enemies of Islam and Iran,” the president said, warning that “unfortunately, the United Arab Emirates has made a big mistake and we hope it would change its wrong tack. We warn them against giving Israel a foothold in the region, then they will be treated differently.”

In a separate warning to the UAE, Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hussein Bagheri also warned that the UAE would bear the responsibility for any harm to the national interest of Iran. He said that Iran will fundamentally change its approach toward the UAE.

“Definitely, the Iranian nation’s approach towards this neighboring state [the UAE] will change fundamentally, and the Islamic Republic’s Armed Forces will also deal with that country according to different calculations,” the top general warned.

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How the Israel-UAE Pact Undermines International Law

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How the Israel-UAE Pact Undermines International Law—An Analysis (22 August 2020) by Lawrence Davidson

Part I—“Normalizing” Relations

Much of the diplomatic world has gone gaga over the 13 August 2020 “normalization” of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)—facilitated by years of encouragement coming out of Washington. 

In truth this is but a quasi-new relation, because “Israel and the UAE have been cooperating and normalizing relations under the table for many years.” The UAE’s agreement to the public upgrading of this relationship was reportedly made in exchange for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s “suspension of plans to annex parts of the West Bank.” We can now update the old warning to beware of Greeks bearing gifts—beware of Zionists offering compromise.

Though the Israeli Prime Minister’s suspension of annexation is hailed as a major compromise on the part of Israel, it is more illusory than real. Both the Palestinians and Netanyahu himself pointed out that the suspension is not seen as a permanent one. The Palestinians and their supporters also quickly pointed out that this agreement changed nothing in terms of Israel’s illegal behavior on the ground—particularly the de facto annexation represented by the continuing encroachment of Israeli settlements. Under these circumstances, the agreement actually registers the UAE’s acceptance of this criminal state of affairs. The Palestinian spokesperson Hanan Ashrawi put it succinctly: “May you never be sold out by your ‘friends.’ Israel got rewarded for not declaring openly what it has been doing to Palestine illegally & persistently since the beginning of the occupation.”

Despite the fact that the change from informal relations to something more official and public meant little change on Israel’s part, the leaders of the Zionist state, the U.S., and the UAE were determined to present the event in a way that would convince both themselves and others that something momentous had been realized. 

The joint statement coming from the three governments celebrated a “historic diplomatic breakthrough.” Netanyahu asserted that the agreement marked “a new age in Israel’s relations with the Arab World.” He expected to see more Arab states follow the UAE’s lead. And, indeed, it looks like the disreputable dictatorship in Bahrain might be the next in line. 

President Trump framed the event this way, “By uniting two of America’s closest and most capable partners in the region” — something which his egocentric worldview drove him to insist only his administration could do—“this deal is a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East.” Trump’s National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien expressed his opinion that the deal should “solidify a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Trump.” That would, potentially, put Trump right up there with the ignominious Henry Kissinger.

The Democratic Party candidate for president, Joe Biden, immediately gave his approval. “The UAE’s offer to publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship. … A Biden-Harris administration will seek to build on this progress, and will challenge all the nations of the region to keep pace.”

Others soon chimed in:

—Egyptian military dictator Abdel Fattah El-Sisi told us “This step will bring peace to the Middle East. We appreciate the efforts of those in charge of this agreement in order to achieve prosperity and stability for our region.”

Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas: Germany welcomed the “historic” deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The normalization of ties between the two countries “is an important contribution to peace in the region.”

—United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the agreement, saying “The UAE and Israel’s decision to normalize relations is hugely good news.”

Besides the Palestinians, there were only a few others who saw through the facade. Iran labeled the agreement as a betrayal of the Palestinian cause. “The oppressed people of Palestine and all the free nations of the world will never forgive the normalizing of relations with the criminal Israeli occupation regime.” Turkey’s reaction was similar: “Neither history nor the collective conscience of the region will ever forget and forgive the hypocritical behavior of the UAE, which is trying to depict the deal as a sacrifice for Palestine, when in reality it is a betrayal to the Palestinian cause for its own narrow interests.”

I think Iran and Turkey are correct in their reaction to what is certainly a betrayal. However, I am not sure of the “never forgive” part, keeping in mind the fact that collective memories have, historically, proved fickle. Nonetheless, if anything, these two critical countries did not go far enough in their condemnation. This is so because the Israel-UAE deal is a betrayal of more than the hopes for justice and a better future of oppressed peoples. This bilateral agreement, whether it spreads to the rest of the Arab world or not, is nothing less than the forsaking of the world’s prospects for more civilized and humane international relations.

Part II—The Deep Context 

It would appear that the vast majority of world leaders either know very little history or consider it, as Henry Ford did in 1916, as “bunk.” Yet, the Israel-UAE pact should be measured not only against the historical injustices to Palestinians which it reinforces, but also against the harm it does to a number of progressive historical achievements realized immediately following World War II.

After World War II a number of seminal reforms were undertaken. A revived United Nations was established, a Universal Declaration of Human Rights was inaugurated, international conventions outlawing genocide and crimes against humanity were signed. Eventually apartheid was outlawed and an international criminal court established. These steps, spurred on by the horrors of total war culminating in the Holocaust, represented great forward progress for mankind. They should have strengthened the provisions set forth in the pre-existing Geneva Conventions and acted to restrain aggressive nationalism. They should have acted to educate the masses against racist policies and assured accountability for those who would promote government-level criminal behavior. 

If all of these post-World War II reforms had actually been enforced, it would now be easier to exercise effective pressure to settle the differences between Israelis and Palestinians based on the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the provisions of the 4th Geneva Convention. International acceptance of the racist nature of Israeli society and the apartheid-style policies it pursues would be much less likely. Government leaders who promoted near-genocide in places like Myanmar and Sri Lanka would face a truly effective International Criminal Court. George Bush’s unjustified invasion of Iraq in 2003 would have had to be judged every bit as criminal as Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. And the two men’s fates might have been the same. The world would have progressed both in terms of ethics and respect for laws forbidding crimes against humanity.  

The recent Israel-UAE deal is but another sign that these progressive reforms mean nothing. The Israelis can perhaps look forward to “normal” relations with ever greater number of Arab states. The reaction of Western countries to Israeli crimes will be to continue turning a blind eye. All the governments concerned will see the UAE’s behavior as a green light, and thus they too will acquiesce in the destruction of those progressive achievements outlined above.

Part III—Calling Going Backwards Something “New and Innovative”

Back in 2018 I attended a small conference put on by an organization named Middle East Dialogue. The stated aim of this meeting was to “promote dialogue about current policy concerns in the Middle East, and to provide a civil space for discussion across the religious and political spectrum.” The conference theme in 2018 was “A New Collective Vision.” 

While there I attended a presentation on “new and innovative” approaches to foreign policy in the Middle East. The presenters were extolling an environment of national self-reliance—the formation of policy based on assumed national interests without any “unreasonable” restrictions placed on policy by outside organizations. This was, of course, a version of the traditional “realist” approach to foreign policy that conservatives support. However, here the approach was being presented as something new. And, surprise, surprise, the presenters were claiming that Israel was leading the way into this new and bright future.

Come the Q and A session, it took me about 45 seconds to destroy the presenters’ premise. And, if I do say so myself, I did it politely. Their only reply was that my rebuttal was not how they saw things—implying that mine was but another opinion. The presenters were wrong. What I laid out was a short version of the above, based on evidence of the potential progress they sought to destroy. As good Zionists they probably knew that it was only based on the destruction of agreements like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 4th Geneva Convention, that today’s Israel could be accepted as a “normal” state. The United States has long bought into this Faustian restructuring of international relations. Now the UAE leaders can regard themselves as fully part of this ruinous bargain. 

Normalization with ‘Israel’ Increases UAE’s Vulnerability – Iran’s Abdollahian

Normalization with ‘Israel’ Increases UAE’s Vulnerability – Iran’s Abdollahian

By Staff, Agencies

The United Arab Emirates’ decision to normalize ties with the Zionist regime has increased the vulnerability of Abu Dhabi in the region and would allow Israel to carry out its plot to split up the UAE, Senior Adviser to the Iranian parliament Speaker, Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.

In an interview with Al-Alam TV Channel, Abdollahian said the UAE’s wrong decision and strategic mistake to normalize ties with ‘Israel’ reveals that Abu Dhabi is under the influence of the US and cannot make independent decisions.

“The American and Zionist pressures caused the UAE to suffer such humiliation and commit this treason against the Palestinian nation and cause,” he added.

The Iranian official further warned that the ‘Israeli’ entity’s main objective behind normalization of ties with Arab states is to have access to Arab and Islamic countries to carry out a major plot for disintegration of the region.

The American-Zionist plots entail disintegration of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Abdollahian said, adding that ‘Israel’ plans to partition even a small country like the UAE and create seven separate states or emirates.

The Iranian adviser warned Emirati officials that playing in the field of the US and ‘Israel’ would increase their vulnerability in the region. “It means that insecurity in the region will escalate, and escalation of insecurity could have inappropriate impacts on all regional countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Abdollahian went on to say that the Emirati rulers have been thrown into great political confusion and have adopted wrong policies on the basis of trial and error, adding, “If the UAE does not rethink its ties with the Zionist regime and its policies on neighbors and the region, the Zionists who have come under the guise of peace today will push them back for tens of years.”

The United Arab Emirates and the Zionist regime announced in August they have reached a deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations.

The move has drawn strong criticism from many Islamic countries and regional organizations.

THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT, ANNEXATION AND NORMALIZATION

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The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation And Normalization

As the Israel-Palestine conflict grinds on with no end in sight, Israel and the US have launched an all-out push to resolve the conflict once and for all, on Israel’s terms. If the manoeuvre is successful, Israel will end up with all of the territories it conquered during the 1967 war, including all of the Golan Heights and Jerusalem and most of the Palestinian Territories, including the best sources of water and agricultural land. The West Bank will find itself in the same situation as the Gaza strip, cut off from the outside world and surrounded by hostile Israeli military forces and Israeli settlements.

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Palestine in the regional and international geopolitical context

The current economic, political and social situation in Palestine must be considered in the regional context. Two aspects are of most immediate relevance in this sense: the first is the long running confrontation between the US, Israel, the Saudis and the UAE (along with their other allies and associates) and the ‘Axis of Resistance’.

The second geopolitical development that is of fundamental significance for the Palestinian people is the attempt by Israel (with the emphatic support of the Trump administration and most of the US Congress) to resolve the ‘Palestinian question’ by normalizing relations with as many Arab and Muslim countries as possible while at the same time proceeding with the plan to annex large chunks of Palestinian territory and keeping the Palestinian inhabitants in conditions of severe deprivation and isolation.

In each instance there are broad similarities but also some significant differences in the postures of different countries and international organizations to these two key topics. There are also the superimposed bilateral and multilateral confrontations and rivalries, of which the mutual antagonism between Iran and the US, Israel and the Saudis is one of the most important. There is also the rivalry between Turkey, the Saudis and Iran to be considered the ‘leader’ of the Muslim world, and a deepening enmity and confrontation between Turkey and Egypt. All of these elements and opposing forces are also deeply involved in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen.

The ‘Axis of Resistance’ comprises the countries and groups determined to confront the efforts by the US and Israel to impose their hegemony over the course developments take, the core of which consists of Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah. Other Muslim and Arab countries are not willing to directly confront the US and Israel, or are allied to greater or lesser degree with them against Iran and the other members of the resistance (the Saudis in particular).

The topic of the normalization of relations with Israel prior to a conclusive peace agreement with the Palestinians has also polarized the region since the deal concluded between the UAE and Israel. Most Arab and Muslim countries have stated that they will not be normalizing relations with Israel as yet, and that they remain committed to the Arab Peace Initiative, notwithstanding that many already have significant unofficial and semi-covert relations with Israel.

While Russia and to a lesser extent China are cooperating with the members of the Axis of Resistance in Syria to defeat the foreign-backed terrorist groups that continue to occupy and ravage some parts of the country, most now concentrated in Idlib province, they are understandably reluctant to become directly involved in the military confrontation with the US and Israel that is taking place there. While the European Union generally goes along with the US and Israel on many issues, most of its member countries have clearly stated that they do not and will not support Israel’s annexation of occupied Palestinian territories.

A broader consideration of each country’s reactions to these parallel developments – the emergence and consolidation of the ‘Axis of Resistance’ and the normalization of relations with Israel – also provides important insights into the current political trajectory and objectives of the dominant political factions in each country in the region, though the nature and configuration of the opposing social and political forces and the internal dynamics that have produced that trajectory must be considered separately in each instance.

This is just and true and revealing in the case of the internal politics of the predominantly Judaeo-Christian denominated Western countries – United States, Israel and Europe (as well as Australia and New Zealand) – as it is in the predominantly Arab and Muslim countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In the United States, the Israel-Palestine conflict and associated disputes in the Middle East is one of the most polarizing political issues in terms of international events, and each side can find support among a wide range of social sectors, political organizations and social movements. While most of the Congress and the White House invariably support Israel, the Palestinian cause can count on the support of a small number of members of Congress and numerous civil society organizations and social movements.

Israel Blocks Visit by Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib - WSJ

Two first-term Congresswoman in particular, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, have drawn the ire of the corporate press and many of their political opponents (including from their supposed allies in the Democratic Party). In 2019 Israel barred them from entering Israel or the Palestinian territories, a decision that was encouraged and applauded by the Trump administration and by Donald Trump personally.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said the US “supports and respects” Israel’s decision to deny entry to Tlaib and Omar.

“This trip, pure and simple, is nothing more than an effort to fuel the (boycott movement) engine that Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar so vigorously support,” Friedman said in a statement released Thursday evening.

Slamming the boycott movement as “economic warfare designed to delegitimize and ultimately destroy the Jewish State,” Friedman defended Israel’s right to deny entry to those who support a boycott of the country. LINK

The criticism and condemnation of their strong statements in support of the rights of the Palestinian people in ‘the corridors of power’ in Washington and the US corporate media is probably matched only by their popularity on ‘the Arab street’.

The two main contenders for the presidency in November’s elections, Donald Trump and Joe Biden, are both ardent supporters and promoters of Israel, and the Palestinians can only expect vocal opposition to recognition of their rights from that quarter unless a surprise candidate emerges in the meantime.

Many people are trying to persuade ex-Navy SEAL and former governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura to run for the presidency; if that were to occur, it might be possible that he could garner sufficient popular support to challenge what appears set to be a one horse race between the Republicans and Democrats at this stage.

The Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement has been an attempt by civil society groups to contest and counteract the clear favouritism for Israel against Palestine that exists within the upper echelons of the two main political parties, and therefore the White House, the Congress, the Pentagon, and high-level State officials.

The BDS movement is present worldwide, and faces basically similar conditions in all Western countries (in Europe, Australia and New Zealand) – that is, very pro-Israel ruling political parties which determine all government policies on the matter, which do not reflect a much more non-partisan, evenly split (between ‘pro-Israel’ and ‘pro-Palestine’ sentiments) or even pro-Palestinian rights attitude within society more generally. The BDS movement has been strongly condemned by most members of the Congress and the corporate media, as well as by many state legislatures in the US.

The entrenched bipartisan pro-Israel attitude in the US includes commitments to provide at least $3billion of financial and military support annually for consecutive 10-year periods, close military and technological cooperation and support in all fields, and the promise to ensure that Israel maintains a ‘qualitative edge’ over any and all possible opponents in the Middle East, irrespective of Israel’s foreign policies and objectives and what Israel does with the weapons the US provides. Nothing at all is offered to the Palestinians.

The US also provides strong diplomatic support for Israel, taken to new levels during the Trump administration which has moved the US embassy to Jerusalem after recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and endorsed the Israeli occupation of and assertion of sovereignty over the Golan Heights, both decisions in contravention of all international laws and over forty years of almost unanimous UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions on the matter (usually, the only votes against being the US, Israel and a small number of tiny US-dependent countries). The US has vetoed all resolutions in the Security Council critical of Israel regardless of the circumstances, with one exception towards the end of Obama’s presidency which called on Israel to withdraw from all occupied Palestinian territories and emphasized that all Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories are illegal.

Closer to the location in Europe, civil society groups and some politicians – rarely from the ruling parties – have formed alliances and campaigns to support the rights of the Palestinians, including the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement. The Freedom Flotilla, which has attempted to breach Israel and Egypt’s strict economic and physical blockade of Gaza and deliver food and medicines on several occasions, is one significant example. The flotilla that attempted to breach the blockade in 2010 was intercepted, the crew and passengers accompanying them in an act of solidarity were arrested and imprisoned, and the ships and cargos confiscated.

The Gaza flotilla raid was a military operation conducted by Israeli commandos against six civilian ships of the ‘Gaza Freedom Flotilla’ on 31 May 2010 in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea. Ten activists were killed during the raid and many more wounded. Ten Israeli soldiers were wounded, one seriously.

Numerous other attempts have been made to deliver food and medicine, however none have succeeded in breaching the blockade. Plans to send another Freedom Flotilla to Gaza in May of this year were interrupted by the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, however the organizers still intend to set sail for Gaza when global health and travel restrictions permit. LINK

The situation in Gaza

The Palestinian territories have been rocked by extremely asymmetrical clashes and fighting since the 1980s, in which Israel has not hesitated to deploy the full weight of its vastly superior firepower against the occupants of the Gaza strip in particular. The first round of sustained open conflict broke out in 1987:

Intifada, also spelled intifadah, Arabic intifāḍah (“shaking off”), refers to two popular uprisings of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip aimed at ending Israel’s occupation of those territories and creating an independent Palestinian state. The first intifada began in December 1987 and ended in September 1993 with the signing of the first Oslo Accords, which provided a framework for peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

The second intifada, sometimes called the Al-Aqṣā intifada, began in September 2000. Although no single event signalled its end, most analysts agree that it had run its course by late 2005. The two uprisings resulted in the death of more than 5,000 Palestinians and some 1,400 Israelis. LINK

Israel imposed a strict physical and economic blockade on Gaza in 2007 after HAMAS won the legislative elections in the Gaza strip. The PLO won the elections in the West Bank, and Mahmoud Abbas was declared president. For almost the entire period since then Egypt has also closed its border with Gaza and prevented the movement of all people and goods.

The Palestinian economy had already been devastated during the second Intifada, and the strict blockade and isolation imposed by Israel and Egypt has ensured that there has been no significant economic recovery. With a population of just under 5 million in the Palestinian territories (with well over a million more Palestinians living in impoverished refugee camps in neighbouring countries), average annual GDP per capita has hovered around $2000 per capita in the West Bank and closer to $800-900 per capita in Gaza.

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation And Normalization

Agriculture accounts for approximately 10% of GDP, light industry 23% and services around 65% of total GDP and broadly similar proportions of employment. Palestine’s main exports are olives, citrus fruit, vegetables, limestone, flowers and textiles. The main imports are food, consumer goods and construction materials. Unemployment has been estimated at around 20-30% of the workforce since the start of the second Intifada, and youth unemployment has usually been significantly above 40%. The Palestine economy and society have been pushed into a condition of stasis and dependency on foreign ‘aid’.

Palestine GDP 1995-2020

Palestine GSP per capita 2010-2018

Unemployment rate in Palestine 1995-2020

Youth unemployment in Palestine

Top 10 Trading Partners (2018)

Palestine exports:

Palestine Exports By CountryValueYear
Israel$967.46M2018
Jordan$73.95M2018
United Arab Emirates$26.41M2018
Saudi Arabia$21.01M2018
United States$14.53M2018
Kuwait$9.12M2018
Turkey$7.76M2018
Qatar$7.26M2018
United Kingdom$6.47M2018
Germany$2.09M2018

Palestine imports:

Palestine Imports By CountryValueYear
Israel$3.62B2018
Turkey$657.81M2018
China$424.92M2018
Germany$209.32M2018
Jordan$188.61M2018
Italy$110.31M2018
France$110.25M2018
Egypt$93.79M2018
Ukraine$88.59M2018
Saudi Arabia$87.65M2018

Source: Trading Economics

The already crippled Palestinian economy received another devastating blow in 2008-2009 when the Israeli leadership launched ‘Operation Cast Lead’, a period of massive air and artillery strikes against the entire Gaza enclave. The Institute for Middle East Understanding summarized the impact of the prolonged military operation on Gaza’s infrastructure, population and economy:

  • According to investigations by independent Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations, between 1,385 and 1,419 Palestinians were killed during Cast Lead, a majority of them civilians, including at least 308 minors under the age of 18. More than 5000 more were wounded. Thirteen Israelis were also killed, including 3 civilians.
  • According to the UN, 3,540 housing units were completely destroyed, with another 2,870 sustaining severe damage.
  • More than 20,000 people – many of them already refugees, some two or three times over – were made homeless.
  • Attacks on Gaza’s electricity infrastructure caused an estimated $10 million in damage, according to the Israeli advocacy group Gisha.
  • 268 private businesses were destroyed, and another 432 damaged, at an estimated cost of more than $139 million, according to an assessment by the Private Sector Coordination Council, a Palestinian economic group. A separate report found that 324 factories and workshops were damaged during the war.
  • According to the UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), which provides services to Palestinian refugees, the offensive damaged almost 20,000 meters (approx. 12 miles) of water pipes, four water reservoirs, 11 wells, and sewage networks and pumping stations. Israeli shelling also damaged 107 UNRWA installations.
  • Eighteen schools, including 8 kindergartens, were destroyed, and at least 262 others damaged. Numerous Palestinian government buildings, including police stations, the headquarters of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and part of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ compound, were also destroyed.

Ten years later, a report in The Guardian reviewing the context of the military operation surmised:

On 27 December 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead, pounding the densely populated strip from the air, sea and land for 22 days. It was not a war or even “asymmetric warfare” but a one-sided massacre. Israel had 13 dead; the Gazans had 1,417 dead, including 313 children, and more than 5,500 wounded. According to one estimate 83% of the casualties were civilians. Israel claimed to be acting in self-defence, protecting its civilians against Hamas rocket attacks. The evidence, however, points to a deliberate and punitive war of aggression. Israel had a diplomatic alternative, but it chose to ignore it and to resort to brute military force.

For its part, the Jewish Virtual Library states of developments leading up to the military operation:

Hamas seized power from the Palestinian Authority (PA) in what amounted to a coup in June 2007. This allowed them to confiscate armored vehicles and weapons given to the PA by Israel, the United States and other countries. In addition, the group manufactured its own mortars and rockets while smuggling in from Egypt more sophisticated rockets provided by Iran.

Between 2005 and 2007, Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza fired about 2,000 rockets into Israel, killing four Israeli civilians and injuring 75 others. The bombardment continued in the first half of 2008.

On June 19, 2008, Egypt brokered a six-month pause in hostilities that required Hamas to end rocket and mortar attacks on Israel. Hamas was also expected to halt its military buildup in Gaza and release an Israeli soldier it was holding hostage. In exchange, Israel agreed to ease the blockade of Gaza and to halt military raids into Gaza. As part of the deal Egypt promised to stop the smuggling of arms and weapons from its territory into Gaza.

Throughout the fall, Israel and Hamas accused each other of violating the Egyptian-mediated truce. Rocket fire from Gaza never stopped entirely and weapons smuggling continued. Hamas insisted Israel never allowed the expected amount of goods to flow into Gaza and of conducting raids that killed Hamas fighters.

Despite discussions by both sides aimed at extending the cease-fire, violence continued. On December 24, an Israeli airstrike targeted terrorists who had fired mortars at Israel. Hamas subsequently fired a barrage of rockets and mortars into Israel and warned it would put thousands of Israelis “under fire.”

The next day, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Hamas to stop attacking Israel, but the terrorists responded with another salvo of rockets.

At 11:30 a.m. on December 27, 2008, Israel launched Operation Cast Lead. It began with a wave of airstrikes in which F-16 fighter jets and AH-64 Apache attack helicopters simultaneously struck 100 targets within a span of 220 seconds. Thirty minutes later, a second wave of 64 jets and helicopters struck an additional 60 targets. The air strikes hit Hamas headquarters, government offices and 24 police stations.

Israeli Air and Naval Forces struck Hamas terrorist cell headquarters throughout the Gaza Strip including a Hamas training base and outposts as well as Hamas government complexes. They also attacked rocket launchers and Grad missile stockpiles. Houses of senior Hamas and Jihad terrorists were targeted along with dozens of tunnels that have been used to pass weaponry into Gaza.

Hamas was caught by surprise. The Israeli government had leaked information to the Israeli press suggesting an attack was not imminent. Many Hamas terrorists had come out of hiding; consequently, approximately 140 members of the group were killed the first day, including Tawfik Jaber, head of Hamas’ police force. The Israeli attack was the deadliest one-day death toll in 60 years of conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, a day that was called the “Massacre of Black Saturday” by Palestinians in Gaza. Hamas responded with a rocket barrage on southern Israel.

The Palestinian economy is still languishing under the Israeli/ Egyptian blockade and the Palestinian territories continue to be rocked by intermittent intensification of the permanent condition of ‘low-intensity’ conflict, the most recent escalation in military attacks against the enclave lasting for about two weeks in August during which hundreds of explosives-laden and incendiary balloons were released toward Israel and Israel conducted nightly bombing raids on the besieged Palestinian enclave.

A ceasefire was announced at the end of the month pursuant to which Hamas promised to attempt to prevent any more fire kites or incendiary balloons from being released and Israel promised to let some essential goods into Gaza including fuel for Gaza’s sole power plant which has often only been operating for a few hours a day due to chronic fuel shortages.

Whether coincidental or not, the announcement of the ceasefire coincided with the first official Israel/ US delegation to the UAE to discuss details of the ‘normalization’ of relations. On the same day, Israel sent military bulldozers into Gazan territory to clear land and build earthen barricades along the border.The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation And Normalization

Normalization for the people of Gaza: less Israeli airstrikes, more Israeli bulldozers?

CAPTION Normalization for the people of Gaza: less Israeli airstrikes, more Israeli bulldozers?

A recent analysis of the fishing sector by Palestine Chronicle provides a Palestinian perspective on the impact the Israeli blockade and military attacks have had on the Palestinian economy and people.

Gaza’s fishermen are true heroes. Against numerous odds, they brave the sea every day to ensure the survival of their families.

In this scenario, the Israeli navy represents modern-day pirates opening fire at these Palestinian men – and, in some cases, women – sinking their boats sometimes and driving them back to the shore. In Gaza, this has been the routine for almost 13 years.

As soon as Israel declared the complete closure of Gaza’s fishing zone it prevented thousands of fishermen from providing for their families, thus destroying yet another sector in Gaza’s decimated economy.

The Israeli military justified its action as a retaliatory measure against Palestinian protesters who have reportedly launched incendiary balloons into Israel in recent days. The Israeli decision, therefore, may seem rational according to the poor standards of mainstream journalism. A slight probe into the subject, however, reveals another dimension to the story.

Palestinian protesters have, in fact, released incendiary balloons into Israel which, reportedly, cause fires in some agricultural areas adjacent to occupied Gaza. However, the act itself has been a desperate cry for attention.

Gaza is almost completely out of fuel. The Strip’s only power generator was officially shut down on August 18. The Karem Abu Salem Crossing, which allows barely limited supplies to reach Gaza through Israel, has also been closed by an Israeli military order.  The sea, Gaza’s last resort, has, recently, turned into a one-sided war between the Israeli navy and Gaza’s shrinking population of fishermen. All of this has inflicted severe damage to a region that has already endured tremendous suffering.

Gaza’s once healthy fishing sector has been almost obliterated as a result of the Israeli siege. In 2000, for example, the Gaza fishing industry had over 10,000 registered fishermen. Gradually, the number has dwindled to 3,700, although many of them are fishermen by name only – as they can no longer access the sea, repair their damaged boats or afford new ones.

Those who remain committed to the profession do so because it is, literally, their last means of survival – if they do not fish, their families do not eat…

When the Oslo Accord was signed between the Israeli government and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993, Palestinians were told that one of the many fruits of peace would be the expansion of Gaza’s fishing zone – up to 20 nautical miles (approximately 37 km), precisely.

Like the rest of Oslo’s broken promises, the fishing agreement was never honoured, either. Instead, up to 2006, the Israeli military allowed Gazans to fish within a zone that never exceeded 12 nautical miles.  In 2007, when Israel imposed its ongoing siege on Gaza, the fishing zone was reduced even further, first to six nautical miles and, eventually, to three.

Following each Israeli war or violent conflagration in Gaza, the fishing zone is shut down completely. It is reopened after each truce, accompanied by more empty promises that the fishing zone will be expanded several nautical miles in order to improve the livelihood of the fishermen.

Israel’s annexation plan and the push for normalization of diplomatic relations

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been pushing for the formal of annexation of all Palestinian territories occupied by illegal Israeli settlements, as well as the Golan Heights captured from Syria in the 1967 war. Illegal Israeli settlements have expanded rapidly over the years, occupying some of the most fertile areas that remained to the Palestinians and cutting off their access to most water sources.

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation And Normalization
The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation And Normalization

In addition, Netanyahu intends to annex most of the Jordan Valley as well, which would cut off the Palestinians in the West Bank from Jordan completely and leave them as isolated and vulnerable to Israeli punitive attacks as the Gaza strip has been since Egypt sealed off its border. While the Trump administration seems willing to recognize all of the blatant land grabs carried out by Israel over time irrespective of the circumstances and the rights of the Palestinians, the latter being recognized emphatically by a unanimous UN Security Council resolution just before Trump assumed the presidency which also condemned all illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian Territories, the Trump administration has hesitated to give an official endorsement of the plan to annex the Jordan Valley.

The Israel-Palestine Conflict, Annexation And Normalization

The agreement between the UAE and Israel to normalize relations takes on immense significance in this context. It is an attempt by the Israeli government to nullify and extinguish the rights of the Palestinians once and for all, and get as much international recognition as possible of the status quo.

US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said on Sunday 30 August that more Arab and Muslim countries were likely to follow Abu Dhabi’s move.

“We believe that other Arab and Muslim countries will soon follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead and normalise relations with Israel,” he told reporters after talks at Netanyahu’s residence.

He did not name the states, but Israeli officials have publicly mentioned Oman, Bahrain and Sudan. Recent news reports have suggested Morocco may also be considering a similar agreement with Israel in exchange for military and economic aid, citing a long history of semi-covert relations and joint activities.

However, Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine el-Othmani said last week, “We refuse any normalisation with the Zionist entity because this emboldens it to go further in breaching the rights of the Palestinian people”. LINK

In the aftermath of the announcement of the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE, the leaders of Iraq, Jordan and Egypt met in Jordan and made a belated attempt to restore the Arab Peace Initiative on the international geopolitical agenda. At a trilateral meeting in mid-August, the leaders of the three countries reiterated their determination to forge a new regional Arab strategic partnership and become a proactive participant in geopolitical developments in the region.

Meeting for the third time in a year, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al Kadhimi agreed to deepen cooperation on a wide range of topics and sectors including regional security, health, education, trade and food security.

The three leaders, whose countries account for about a third of the total Arab population, called for the Arab Peace Initiative for the Palestine-Israel conflict to be reactivated, stating that the only viable resolution would be in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and “in a manner that fulfils all the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.”

The three countries also emphasized the need to “stop Israeli steps to annex Palestinian lands and any measures to undermine prospects to achieve a just peace or seek to alter the historical and legal status quo in Jerusalem”. LINK

However, given the notorious inability of the Arab countries and political factions to maintain a united front and remain committed to the pursuit of strategic objectives in the long term in recent times, the onus is clearly on the leadership of the respective countries to demonstrate that the meeting was not just a ‘photo op’ and opportunity to posture on the international stage.

Late last month, the Saudis also denied media speculation that they were inclining towards normalizing relations with Israel. Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the Kingdom remains committed to peace with Israel “as a strategic option basis on the Arab Peace Initiative”, in the Saudis’ first official comment since the United Arab Emirates agreed to normalize relations with Israel.

“The Kingdom considers any Israeli unilateral measures to annex Palestinian land as undermining the two-state solution,” the Saudi Minister said in an event in Berlin, in comments reported on Saudi’s foreign affairs ministry Twitter page…

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal Bin Farhan affirmed his country’s commitment to the Arab Peace Plan in comments following a meeting with his German counterpart Heiko Maas in Berlin.

Prince Faisal added that Israel’s unilateral actions concerning colonies are thwarting chances for peace.

“Saudi Arabia considers Israel’s unilateral policies of annexation and building of settlements as an illegitimate (way forward) and (as) detrimental to the two-state solution,” the Saudi foreign ministry quoted Prince Faisal as saying.

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said that “abiding by the Arab Peace Initiative (API) is the real test for Arab states’ positions on Jerusalem and a test for the seriousness of the Arab joint action.”

Azzam el-Ahmad, a member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah central committee, welcomed on Thursday the Saudi position on peace with Israel on the basis of the longstanding Arab Peace Initiative.

“The Saudi position is important because it adheres to Arab consensus, the Arab Peace Initiative, and plays a central role in the region,” Ahmad said.

First adopted by the Arab League in 2002, the Arab Peace Initiative calls for full diplomatic ties between Israel and the entire Arab and Muslim world in exchange for a “full Israeli withdrawal from all the Arab territories occupied since June 1967,” the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a “just” and “agreed upon” solution to the right of return of Palestinian refugees based on UN Resolution 194. LINK

The Arab Peace Initiative: a complete copy of the text is available here.

After the Arab Peace Initiative (API) was first adopted by the 22 member states of the Arab League in 2002, it was subsequently endorsed by the 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

At a meeting in April 2013 hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry, a delegation representing the Arab League further displayed Arab states’ interest in peace when they scaled back the API’s demands upon Israel by accepting a two-state solution with mutually agreed upon land swaps.

Endorsing land swaps was a meaningful step taken by the Arab League as it is a concept that allows a two-state outcome to remain realistic.

While the API has been unable to gain traction or support among the world’s ‘major’ powers, until the UAE-Israel ‘normalization’ deal most proposals on how to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process took the API as a framework or key reference in negotiating a solution.

The significance of the API is that it was the first collective Arab effort that was unanimously agreed to by all Arab states.

Acknowledging the magnitude of such a proposal, former President Shimon Peres summarized it best in late 2008 when he described the API as the reversal of the “3 No’s” at the Arab League’s Khartoum summit in 1967.

API Obligations Towards Israel:

  1. Withdraw from all disputed territories to return Israel’s borders to the June 4, 1967 lines including the Golan Heights and addition of southern Lebanon.
  2. Reach a just solution to the Palestinian refugee problem as prescribed by UN Resolution 194.
  3. Accept the establishment of a Palestinian state composed of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital.

API Obligations Towards Arab States:

  1. Deem the Arab-Israeli conflict finalized and commit to peaceful relations with Israel guaranteeing security to all regional states.
  2. Establish normal diplomatic relations with Israel. LINK

Former IDF Intelligence Director Amos Yadlin has reaffirmed the Israeli intention to neutralize the Arab Peace Initiative, asserting in late August that it is no longer relevant now that Israel and the United Arab Emirates are set to normalize ties.

“The Arab Peace Initiative principle of having the veto on normalization between Israel and the Arabs, this is gone,” Yadlin told The Jerusalem Press Club during a virtual meeting on the US-brokered deal.

He spoke of what he claimed was the demise of the Arab Peace Initiative, which for 18 years has been one of the cornerstones of Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. The initiative was an attempt by the Arab states to reach a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines. It is referenced in most international documents.

The announcement of the deal between the UAE and Israel marks the first break from the Arab Peace Initiative since its inception, upending almost entirely the principles of peace making between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel’s 1979 agreement with Egypt and its 1994 accord with Jordan, were signed prior to that 2002 Initiative.

Yadlin, who is currently the Executive Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies, speculated that Bahrain could be the next Arab country to make a deal with Israel, because its ‘covert’ relations with Israel were similar to those of the UAE.

He also noted that last summer Bahrain hosted a summit that related to the economic portion of the US President Donald Trump’s plan.

“But they [Bahrain] will look over their shoulder to see what the Saudis are saying,” Yadlin said. He imagined that the Saudis had given the UAE its silent consent to a deal with Israel, but that didn’t mean it would immediately. The “Saudis will not hurry to join [a deal with Israel]… They will be very cautious,” Yadlin said.

The other countries who might join are Sudan and Morocco, Yadlin said. These countries will look to see what price the UAE might have to pay for a deal with Israel, he added. LINK

The United Arab Emirates appears somewhat disconcerted by the regional reactions to its normalization deal with Israel, claiming that it remains committed to the establishment of a Palestinian state and to the terms of the Arab Peace Initiative. The claim was made by a senior official who spoke with The Times of Israel, in rare on-the-record remarks to Israeli media.

Hend al-Otaiba, the director of strategic communications at the UAE’s Foreign Ministry, was commenting hours after the UAE’s agreement to normalize relations with Israel was announced, and shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he still intended to extend Israeli sovereignty to parts of the West Bank.

Asked for clarification of the UAE’s position on the Arab Peace Initiative, a spokesperson subsequently replied: “A two-state solution is at the heart of the Arab Peace Initiative. In the absence of a freeze on annexation, a two-state solution will quickly cease to be a possibility.”

Mohammad Issa Abu Shehab, UAE ambassador to the EU, told Emirates TV the step was most important for its success in “freezing all Israeli plans for Palestinian land.”

However, a senior Israeli official said Netanyahu’s annexation plan was only “temporarily suspended” to allow for the signing of the agreement with the Emirates.

Netanyahu himself later insisted during a press conference that annexation remained on the table, though he acknowledged that Trump had asked that the move be put on “temporary hold” for now.

“I said I would extend sovereignty in Judea and Samaria. There is no change in my plan to extend our sovereignty in Judea and Samaria with full coordination with the United States,” he said. “I am committed to that, and it hasn’t changed… I will never compromise on our rights in our land.” LINK

The US representatives accompanying the first Israeli delegation to the UAE made clear that Israeli annexation of Palestinian land is an intrinsic part of the normalization deal. Speaking with the embedded journalists on the flight to the UAE, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner addressed the Trump peace plan and its allowing for Israel to extend its sovereignty to parts of Judea and Samaria.

Annexation was included in the plan because it was clear that “in the context of any agreement, Israel wasn’t going to give up that territory,” and the US “had to make sure Israel’s security was protected.”

He claimed that recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and potentially recognizing Israeli sovereignty in the West Bank would “take those provocative issues off the table.” LINK

The statements confirm that all affirmations claiming otherwise are merely spin, made as part of the campaign to promote the bilateral deal and convince other Arab and Muslim leaders to normalize relations with Israel.

In spite of earlier comments by the UAE and a joint statement by the three countries that indicated the annexation plan would be ‘suspended’, senior UAE official Omar Ghobash has admitted his government did not “have any guarantees as such” that Israel would not annex occupied Palestinian territory in the future.

Palestinian reactions to the normalization deal

In comments about the ‘deal of the century’ being pushed by the Trump administration The Guardian noted that many younger Palestinians are disenchanted with the legacy of Oslo and angry that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, still serves in effect as a ‘security subcontractor’ for Israel in the West Bank. Abbas did respond to the plan by threatening to suspend security coordination with Israel, but he has threatened that countless times before. LINK

Palestinian reactions to the Israel-UAE were emphatic.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh slammed the flight as “very painful” and “a clear and a blatant violation of the Arab position towards the Arab-Israeli conflict”.

“We had hoped to see an Emirati plane landing in a liberated Jerusalem, but we live in a difficult Arab era,” he said.

Hamas spokesperson Hazem Qassen said the UAE-Israel deal went against the position of the Emirati people, and was “in Zionist interests only … fuelling disagreements in the region”.

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, said Kushner and his team were “scrambling to convince as many Arab and Muslim leaders as possible” to give Trump an election boost.

“They will be a prop at the backdrop of a meaningless spectacle for a ridiculous agreement that will not bring peace to the region,” she said.

Conclusion

As the Israel-Palestine conflict moves into a new phase, some of the battle lines are clearly drawn, others remain obscured by the fast pace of developments after so many years of stalemate and stagnation.

While the Axis of Resistance has grown and strengthened considerably over the last decade, the same could be said of the forces of annexation and normalization, albeit that most of the normalization has occurred in covert and semi-covert meetings and joint activities that cannot be officially acknowledged as yet.

The brutal fact remains that the Palestinians are isolated and living in conditions of extreme deprivation, and none of the latest geopolitical developments gives them cause to think that there will be any change in the foreseeable future.

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Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech on the Tenth of Muharram

Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech on the Tenth of Muharram
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Full speech of Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on the occasion of the tenth day of Muharram (08/30/2020)

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan. In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon our Master and Prophet, the Seal of Prophets, Abi al-Qassem Muhammad Bin Abdullah and his good and pure household and his good and chosen companions and all the prophets and messengers.

Peace be upon you, O my master and my lord, O Aba Abdullah and upon souls that gathered in your courtyard. Peace be upon you from me forever as long as I am existent and as long as there are day and night. May Allah not decide this time of my visit to you both to be the last. Peace be upon Hussein, Ali bin Al Hussein, the children of Hussein, and the companions of Hussein.

Peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you all. May God Almighty reward you.

On the tenth day of the anniversary of the great calamity and tragedy that befell the Muslims and the nation, which we always remember, and every year on this day we offer condolences to the one who is truly consoled, to the one who cried Al-Hussein at his birth and before his martyrdom, the Messenger of Allah, the master of the messengers and the prophets, Muhammad bin Abdullah (PBUH), who was the grandfather of Al-Hussein (PBUH). To the Commander of the Faithful, Ali bin Abi Talib (PBUH); to the Mistress of the Women of the Worlds, the mother of Al-Hussein Fatima Al-Zahra (PBUH); to Imam Al-Hassan Al-Mujtaba, the oppressed martyr (PBUH); to our masters and imams; to the remnant of Allah on earth, our souls be sacrificed for him, whose cries his grandfather blood instead of tears; to all Muslims and those who love the household of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), we offer our condolences on this great day and on this painful occasion.
This year, the tenth day [of Muharram], especially for us in Lebanon, comes sadder. The squares and streets in Lebanon, which were crowded and filled with devotees and mourners during times like this, are today empty because of this epidemic that struck the world.

Every year, the scene was always strong and distinctive. It expresses the people’s loyalty, insight, awareness, passion, and love for God, the Messenger of God, and the Messenger of God’s household.

We ask God Almighty to lift this pandemic from all the peoples of the world, from us and from you, so that the we can mark the anniversary next year as it has always been marked throughout the years, God willing.

It has been customary that on the tenth day that we summarize the situation in Karbala, and then from there, we talk about our contemporary issues. Here, I will invoke two well-known positions of the Master of the martyrs, Abu Abdullah Al-Hussein (PBUH).

The first position: When falsehood, its logic, policy, and position prevail and become dominant, while the truth is lost, becomes estranged, and even condemned, every believer, honest and free people are required to take a stance of protest that may reach to martyrdom.

In this position, Al-Hussein (PBUH) said: “Can you not see that the truth is not followed, and the falsehood is not shunned?” He said this when he was explaining the reason for his departure and his journey to Karbala as well as the state of the ummah at that time.

“Can you not see that the truth is not followed, and the falsehood is not shunned? In such circumstances a believer should desire to meet Allah.” – if every person will definitely meet God Almighty, and the believer will meet God, let him meet Him while he is right, defending the truth, fighting for the truth, and being martyred for the sake of the truth.

“In such circumstances, a believer should desire to meet Allah. Surely, I regard death as nothing but an honor and life with oppressors as anything but disgrace.” – what kind of life is this when falsehood becomes the one that governs all people’s issues, large and small.

The second position: When the pretenders, dictators, thieves, invaders, and occupiers give you two options: either accept the humiliating solutions and the humiliating life or bear the war they are imposing on you and its consequences. Then, the choice in the school of Karbala is clear, decisive, and strong. 

“Beware that this illegitimate son of the illegitimate one has made me choose between the two: drawing sword and humiliation, and never to humiliation!” – why? Was it a position based on his mood? No!

“Verily, Allah disagrees to it and so do His Prophet, and the sacred laps which nursed us, the modest, and those who abhor disgrace disagree to it that we bow down to the ignoble men, and they exhort us to being killed manly in the battlefield over it.” – this is the summary of the situation on the tenth day in Karbala.

Based on these two foundations, I will delve into some of our current issues.

I have a few words or two points regarding the situation in the region. Regarding the Lebanese situation, there are a number of points. Of course, the issue regarding the southern borders with occupied Palestine, I will include it with the Lebanese situation.

First: Regarding the struggle in the region today, there are two clear scenes or positions for the struggle between right and falsehood, meaning there is no confusion between them.

The first position: Palestine is occupied. The Zionist “Israelis” have been occupying this holy land since 1948 and 1967, in addition to Syria’s occupied Golan, Lebanon’s Shebaa Farms and Kfar Shouba Hills, and the Lebanese part of the town of al-Ghajar. There is a clear and unambiguous falsehood here – occupation, invasion, confiscation of the rights of others by force, terrorism, and massacres. There is also a clear and undisputed truth – the right of the Palestinian people to the entirety of Palestine from the sea to the river, the right of the Syrian people to the entire occupied Golan, and the right of the Lebanese people to the rest of their occupied land.

There are always those who want to impose falsehood – occupation by military force, wars, destruction, murder, assassination, displacement, economic siege and starvation. Today, in the face of this falsehood, there are those who stand by the side of truth, those who uphold the truth, and those who fight for this right and resist this occupation. They are the ones who reject this usurping entity. They include countries, peoples, and resistance movements.

Today, on the tenth of Muharram, on the day when faith is expressed firmly, we in Hezbollah and in the Islamic Resistance affirm our categorical commitment to rejecting this usurping entity and not recognizing it even if the whole world acknowledges it. We cannot recognize this apparent falsehood, this injustice, invasion, occupation, and the confiscation of lands, the people’s rights and sanctities. This is our commitment. 

We will remain beside all who fight and confront this entity that is usurping al-Quds, Palestine, the occupied Syrian Golan, and Lebanese territory still under occupation and is threatening the entire region.

The second position: The reality and fate of the peoples, governments, states, and resources not only occupied Palestine, but also the region in which we live. 

There is also a struggle between truth and falsehood. The truth is represented by the people and the governments that express the will of the people. The people in our region want to live in their countries free and dignified. They want their countries’ natural resources for them – oil, gas and water for the people; they want to make their own decisions. 

The falsehood is represented by the American hegemony and the American administration that wants to control and impose governments on peoples; to impose humiliating solutions that serve the interest of the Zionist enemy; to plunder oil and gas; and steal money directly and indirectly. The US represents this apparent falsehood, this clear falsehood.

Among the manifestations of the subjugation attempts and US hegemony on our region, peoples, and countries are the American policies towards occupied Palestine and the Palestinian people’s cause, the imposed war on Yemen six years ago (this war is primarily American with the Saudis and Emiratis being tools for fighting, spending money, buying weapons. But the real decision is an American one. Today, if the Americans want the war on Yemen to end, it will end. The Americans want this war to continue. The Saudis and the Emiratis are American tools. They carry out America’s desires and decisions.), the unjust blockade on Syria and the Caesar Act, the American occupation of a Syrian land east of the Euphrates and the direct plunder of oil fields by US companies, American support for authoritarian regimes in our region, foremost among which is the suffering of our people in Bahrain for many years, and the American impudence in dominating Iraq and plundering its resources under different pretexts.

Among the biggest manifestations of aggression, greed, and US interference in our region is the continuous aggression against Iran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution lead by His Eminence Imam Khomeini, wars, sanctions, blockades, regional and international complicity with a US administration and decision.

We are facing this conflict between the right – represented by these peoples, these governments, and the resistance movements, which we summarize as the axis of resistance – and the American falsehood that wants to dominate, control, plunder, and milk the money and good of our peoples and leave them in unemployment, ignorance, illiteracy, hunger, disease, fear, and anxiety,

On the tenth of Muharram, on the day of Karbala, from a doctrinal and religious position, we can only say that we can only be on the side of truth, on the side of the fighters for the truth and the defenders of truth in our region in the face of this American falsehood.

Contrary to the false numbers that some are spreading, we will triumph in this battle the way we triumphed in Lebanon and in Palestine during the past years; the way the steadfast and patient people in Yemen are achieving victory; the way Syria triumphed; the way Iraq achieved victory over Daesh and the takfiri terrorist organizations created by the US administration; and the way Iran was steadfast and achieved victory in its war. 

In our opinion, victory is in the future of this conflict – in first place Palestine and in its wider scope, the region. It is a matter of time. One of the important indicators of the strength of this axis is that during the past years it faced a global war in more than one country, arena, and field. Yet, it emerged victorious with its head held high. This is what will happen in the near future, God willing.

Second: The second point regarding the situation in the region. It is also my duty on the tenth of Muharram to say the truth no matter how high the prices. We condemn all attempts by any country, group, figure, class, party, and regime to recognize “Israel”, and we condemn any form of normalization with this enemy.

In this context, we reiterate our condemnation of the position of UAE officials and those who chose this option. Of course, as we said earlier, they moved from secret normalization to a public one. But look and learn a lesson, the “Israelis” did not allow some Emirati officials to save face. This showed the “Israeli” enemy’s arrogance and insolence. 

Some Emirati officials, for example, said that they took this step to prevent Netanyahu from annexing large parts of the West Bank. The “Israelis” did not even wait a few hours; Netanyahu invalidated their excuse and said the annexation is still on his government’s agenda.

He could have given them at least two to three days to pass the lie to their people, to the Arab people, and to Palestine and the Palestinian people; to sell them the lie; and make it seem like they made a great political achievement and got paid for the agreement. 

Of course, any agreement of this kind has no price, no matter how great it is. This is a betrayal. Whatever the price that they got in return, how so if there was no price? He (Netanyahu) did not allow them to save face – that is if they even had a face to show. He invalidated their claims more than once. He held a quick press conference and posted tweets on Twitter.

Moreover, the Emiratis have promoted that this agreement will open the door for the UAE, for example, to obtain F-35 aircraft and high-quality American weapons and technology. Netanyahu immediately declared that this is incorrect and not part of the deal, saying “Israel” will not accept to have the UAE acquire F-35s – knowing that Netanyahu, his masters, and his slaves are well aware that the F-35s will not be used by the UAE against the “Israeli” entity. However, “Israel” does not trust the UAE, any country in the region, or any people in the region. Its real guarantee is its strategic military superiority.

This is how the occupier deals with those who crawl towards it under the pretext of peace and normalization. They even said that we moved from the concept of ‘peace in return for the land’ to ‘peace in return for nothing,’ nothing at all except for humiliation and shame.

I mentioned previously and will repeat that what the UAE did is a free service to Trump in his worst political days. It is also a free service to Netanyahu in his worst political life. Anyway, this is a condemned position and it must be condemned. We will be asked about our condemnation of this position on Judgment Day about.

I turn to the Lebanese situation. In the Lebanese situation, we will present several points. 

1- The first point is the issue of the government. We assume and hope, God willing, that tomorrow during the parliamentary consultations, the Lebanese parliamentary blocs and deputies will be able to name a candidate who enjoys the required acceptance constitutionally to be mandated to form the new government. We pin high hopes on what will happen during these hours, which will be translated, God willing, tomorrow during the consultations.

We need a government capable of improving the economic, financial, and livelihood situation, reconstruction, and the completion of reforms. Reforms are a national demand, and they are everyone’s demand. We support going in reforms as far as possible. Of course, some hypocrites and liars in Lebanon say that Hezbollah poses as an obstacle to carrying out reforms. God willing, whether in naming the prime minister or forming a government, we will be cooperative and contribute to pulling the country out of the void that we have always rejected and warned against.

2- The second point: There are international calls from some countries in the world, both regional and domestic, to heed to the demands of the Lebanese people – the Lebanese people have demands, calling for a set of reforms: we want a government that expresses the Lebanese people’s will and represents them. 

Excellent, these are valid demands without discussion, regardless of the background from which these calls are based. But these are righteous words. Our desire in Lebanon as well as in all the region and the world, our desire is always to have a government and a state that express the desires and aspirations of our people and translate them in practical and realistic terms. But we must be clear and specific since there is a main misconception here. Someone may come from outside or from the inside and lay down or assume a group of demands, then say these are the demands of the Lebanese people. They may also assume a form of representation by themselves, then say this represents the Lebanese people.

Today, since we are talking about mains topics, I call for addressing this issue, meaning we all agree that any state, any government, any parliament, any judiciary, and any institution in our political system must heed to the demands of the Lebanese people and fulfill their hopes and aspirations. 

Regarding the Lebanese people and their aspirations and demands, it is clear who the Lebanese people are – unless we want to disagree in determining who the Lebanese people are. The Lebanese people are the Lebanese men and women in Lebanon and those abroad. There are no official statistics, but generally it is close to five million more or less between resident and expatriate. 

How do we identify and know the demands of the Lebanese people? Do we adopt the method of demonstrations as some are trying to adopt now? For example, if several hundred people took to the streets, in any area – Martyrs’ Square, anywhere in Lebanon – for one day or several days, held a sit-in, and put forward demands. Will these demands become the Lebanese people’s? If several thousand people took to the street and put forward a set of demands, are these the demands of the Lebanese people? If tens of thousands of people countered the aforementioned protests and put forward different demands, will these be expressing the aspirations of the Lebanese people? If another group of the Lebanese people were provoked, and in the face of the tens of thousands, a hundred thousand or hundreds of thousands came out, would these people be expressing the demands of the Lebanese people?

Do we use demonstrations and taking to the street as a mechanism for expressing and exploring the demands of the Lebanese people? Let us agree. If we agree on this mechanism, then we will all adopt it to express the demands and aspirations of the Lebanese people. Then the government, the state, and the international community must respect this mechanism, recognize it, defend it, and not deny it.

This is an example of a mechanism. Of course, I am not suggesting. 

Should we, for example, adopt a referendum, a popular referendum like in many democratic countries? The Lebanese always talk about Switzerland and that Lebanon is the Switzerland of the East. Well, Switzerland holds a popular referendum on main issues. 

Would you like us to adopt this mechanism and hold a referendum on the demands, aspirations, and hopes? There are people who do not accept the popular referendum and directly talk to you about the numerical majority and that it would not work in Lebanon, etc.

Would you, for example, adopt a reliable, scientific, multiple, intersecting, objective, and reliable opinion poll mechanism? Are there other mechanisms? We are ready to discuss whatever means you prefer. But this matter should be addressed in Lebanon so we all 
understand each other.

In Lebanon, we must define what our people want and what must be addressed in order to cut off the road to anyone who imposes demands and aspirations and says that they are the demands of the Lebanese people. You want to adopt the parliamentary elections, well, we made parliamentary elections based on the best possible law suitable for the Lebanese situation – the law of proportional representation. Opportunities were presented to everyone, and the current parliament won. And after a short period of time and very early on, there were calls for early parliamentary elections.

Well, what exactly do you want? My question today is to the political forces, to the religious authorities, to the judicial and media elites, and to the entire Lebanese people, a question even to the Lebanese people: What are the mechanisms that you, the Lebanese people, want to adopt in order to express your aspirations and hopes so the rulers, the ministers, the representatives, and the leaders in Lebanon as well as the countries in the world and the international community know them.

This issue needs a solution. This is not solved. No one in Lebanon, without exception, no religious authority can come out and say this is what the Lebanese people want.

How did you know? Did you conduct an opinion poll and asked the Lebanese people? Did you make a referendum? No political leader can come out and say this is the will of the Lebanese people, let alone someone who represents himself – even his wife might not believe in his political choices. 

No, not even us as a party can claim that we express the will of the entire Lebanese people even though the results of the elections and the facts state that we are the largest political party in Lebanon with more supporters than any other party or as a duo with the Amal movement, or with our other allies. We only express the will of those we represent.

Be honest and objective. This issue needs to be addressed so that we can set our country on the path towards a proper and correct cure. When the government is mentioned, who said that the Lebanese people, for example, want a neutral government, a technocratic government, a political government, or a technopolitical government? There is no solution. Yes, there is one solution – if we consider that the elections express the opinion of the Lebanese people and that the parliamentary majority, for example, is call for a certain type government, then we can say that this government is what the majority of the Lebanese people is demanding.

3- The third point: We heard a call from the French president, on his recent visit to Lebanon, for a new political era in the country. In the past few days, we heard from French official sources sharp criticism of the sectarian system in Lebanon, and that this system is no longer capable of solving Lebanon’s problems and responding to its needs. I would like to say today that we are open to any calm discussion in this field, to reach a new political era, but we have a condition – this debate and this national dialogue should take place in line with the will and consent of the various Lebanese factions. Thus, if there are people who fear that a debate will take place or fear heading towards a new political era, then we must respect these concerns.

It is good, that a hundred years after the establishment of the current Lebanese entity and the state of Greater Lebanon, for the Lebanese to sit down and discuss this matter. But I have a remark on the appearance of the suggestion and its content. This reveals a problem in the Lebanese political culture and the Lebanese political mentality. 

Let us assume that a Lebanese religious authority, a political authority, one of the three leaders, a group of MPs, or a Lebanese party called for a new political era. What would have happened in the country? They would have been accused of blasphemy, not being patriotic, agents, and someone serving a certain project. The matter will then take a sectarian dimension, etc. 

I remember a few years ago – I did not talk about a new political era; a new political era means starting from the beginning – I spoke about a founding conference to develop the Taif Agreement, to develop an existing political era. We remember at the time the reactions of some parties and authorities. Then, later I spoke and retracted it. 

The point is that this matter reveals a problem in the Lebanese political culture and mentality. When this suggestion comes from outside, from any president or another country, even if we respect his ideas and endeavors, you find the whole country silent. No one is objecting. No one was accused. The matter did not take a certain dimension. Of course, if the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran or the Syrian president called the Lebanese to a new political era, what would have happened in the country? Some countries are classified as friends, and even those who disagree with them, the latter deals with them with respect, just as we do.

This, of course, is a problem in the Lebanese political life and mentality. Thank God, there is someone who came from somewhere in the world and the people in Lebanon did not comment negatively on what he proposed, and thus opening the door for such discussions. This debate should be opened some day.
4- The fourth point: The explosion in the port of Beirut. We emphasize the firm judicial follow-up, and we talked about this at the beginning. It should not diminish or weaken with time, and officials, especially in the judiciary, must pursue this matter without political accounts and courtesies. The blood of the martyrs, the wounded, the unknown fate of the missing people, and the suffering of people should not be lost or forgotten. We emphasize on speeding up compensation for people so that they can return to their homes. We also call on the competent authorities, specifically the Lebanese army since it is the one that carried out the technical investigation and sought the help of experts from abroad, to announce the results of the technical investigation.

Here, I am not talking about the judicial investigation – who is responsible, which director, minister, head of department. This is another matter related to the judiciary. But there should be something that has been accomplished or at being concluded. If it is accomplished, we hope it will be announced. If it’s being wrapped up, we hope that it will end and be announced.

Let the debate and fabrications in the country be resolved. We ask the technical investigation to tell us whether there were in Warehouse 12, in other hangars, or in the whole port of Beirut, missiles, weapons, or ammunition. Let it say that. Announcing this matter will end the lies and will cut off slanderous tongues, which have worked on this topic for days and are still working on it despite the clarity of the issue. But there is insistence on this matter.

Also, regarding the issue of the ammonium nitrate, because when it became known that there were no missiles, ammunition, or weapons, or any such nonsense, and since it was known who brought the ammonium nitrate, they change their story – the ammonium nitrate belongs to Hezbollah, they brought them in, the ship belongs to Hezbollah, the bank is for Hezbollah. The same lies. 

Any Lebanese or anyone from the Gulf can simply pay a foreign newspaper some money to write an article with some information. Then some Lebanese with their media outlets can quote a certain newspaper in the world and say that the ammonium nitrate was so and so. We hope the authorities concerned with the investigation, the Lebanese army in particular, resolve this issue and announce the results.

Of course, there is a second matter that will follow, and we must follow up on it. We will follow up on it. I will talk about the resistance since the president, the Free Patriotic movement, and everyone else is defending themselves. Is it reasonable, for example, that a TV station creates an atmosphere during sensitive and emotional times for days on end, convincing a stratum that this devastating and thunderous blast is caused by Hezbollah, Hezbollah’s missiles, and Hezbollah’s weapons?

If it turns out that this talk is baseless, does it mean forgive and forget? Thus, anyone can create a hateful and ugly atmosphere in the country with this level of distortion, incitement, and injustice. And it ends as if nothing happened. Aren’t there government agencies that should follow up on this matter? It just so happens that the government has resigned, but there are judicial bodies that must follow up on the matter. There are concerned parties in Lebanon that must follow up on this issue. 

It is important for people to hold these lying TV stations accountable. People should hold them accountable because people are being affected – their minds, hearts, and emotions. False convictions and positions are built on these lies. In the end, this is the fate of a country.

5- The fifth point: We have the anniversary of the second liberation in the Bekaa after the first liberation in the south in May 2000. We remember the suffering of our people in the Bekaa, especially in Baalbek-Hermel in the adjacent villages that were facing attacks by takfiri groups as well as the dangers and constant threats of storming these villages. Some suicide operations and bomb attacks took place here. There were also some explosive devices that were discovered.

We also recall these takfiri groups’ blatant aggression against the Lebanese army and the security forces; they kidnapped and killed officers and soldiers of the Lebanese army and the security forces; the humiliation they practiced via the media outlets available to them. All of this existed for years. However, the decisive response from the beginning came from the people and the resistance because the Lebanese army was committed to defense. It did not attack due to the absence of the political decision that came later during the Jaroud Operation. 

The decisive response and the last decisive battle were a new victory created by the equation: the army, the people, and the resistance. We always provide credibility for this proposition through achievements on the field. The second liberation, similar to the first, is one of the achievements on the field.

Yelling, complaining, and crying would not have liberated our barrens in the Bekaa. Our towns in the villages of Baalbek-Hermel, whose inhabitants are varied, would not have been aided because we have a sectarian composition in the country. The golden equation: the army, the people, and the resistance, is the one that protected, defended, liberated, and brought about security.

On this anniversary, as I said a few nights ago, it is our duty to thank the martyrs, the families of the martyrs, the wounded, all the fighters of the Islamic Resistance, the fighters in Hezbollah, the officers and soldiers of the Lebanese army, and the officers and soldiers of the Syrian Arab Army. I also mentioned some of the forces in the Syrian militia that fought with us in the Qalamoun region on the second side of the Jaroud.
All of them made efforts, gave blood, got wounded, and made sacrifices, and some were martyred so that we can get to where we are now. There is also the diverse popular environment that has adopted this option. 

I will simply tell you that there were people in the Jaroud that opposed their political leaderships’ choices. All the people in those villages demanded that the battle against the takfiri groups be resolved. The people did not see the militants as rebels or a reform movement. They saw them as a group of takfiri terrorist and killers.

Today, we must issue a warning again since there is a daily attempt to re-produce Daesh in Iraq. There are security operations in Syria. There is an attempt to re-produce Daesh in the east of the Euphrates, most probably in the Jazira region that leads to the al-Sokhna and Palmyra. The Syrian army and its various allies in the Jazira region are fighting these groups that are being regenerated. They are, in fact, defending the security of Syria and defending Lebanon, its borders, and hills.

Unfortunately, if one day these militants were able to reach Palmyra again, surely these barrens and these sites would be one of the places they would want to seize.

In fact, we must be aware. On the second liberation day, we must value all those who are fighting today in the Jazira region in defense of Syria, Lebanon, and the whole region.

6- The sixth point: We will follow up on all the options and proposals that we previously talked about to address the economic, financial, and life situations in Lebanon with the new government, which we hope will be formed quickly. And there are steps that have been taken regarding the agricultural-industrial jihad and popular efforts to confront any attempt to starve that we announced. There are steps that will be followed up on. We must continue this work – set programs and cooperate at the national level, government and people, because this is a great challenge facing the Lebanese people.

7- The seventh point: We have the anniversary of the kidnapping of His Eminence the leader Imam Musa Al-Sadr and his two companions and dear brothers, His Eminence Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoub and Mr. Abbas Badruddin, may God return them to their families and to their homeland safely.

This is a comprehensive national anniversary of what Imam Sayyed Musa al-Sadr represented not only at the Shiite level, but also at the national and Islamic levels. This cause belongs to all of us. 

Imam al-Sadr is the imam of the resistance. He drew for all of us a clear path and approach to the conflict with the Zionist enemy and the manner in dealing with national issues and issues of the region.

On the anniversary of his kidnapping, we affirm that we all in Hezbollah and in the Amal movement belong to this great imam, his mind, his soul, his thought, his path, and his approach. On the anniversary of his forced absence, we emphasize two things: 

The first thing is the depth of the relationship between Hezbollah and the Amal Movement – the cooperation, coordination, and integration between them. This is in our opinion and contrary to the desires of many in the country. 

Contrary to the desires of many in the country, this relationship, in our opinion, is what always achieves the most important and greatest interest of Lebanon, which is protecting Lebanon through the equation of the army, the people, and the resistance. It also serves many national interests.

Some unfortunate, sad, and painful events that take place between young people here and there, in this town or that place – thank God, some of these events take place within long intervals, not in succession – are condemned and rejected. The youth must face them consciously. 

But certainly, due to the trust and the strong and mutual relationship between the leaders of the Amal Movement and Hezbollah, we can overcome even these unfortunate events and overcome them consciously, responsibly, and firmly. We have to cut off the road to all those who hope and are betting on a strife between the brothers.

The second thing is that we in Hezbollah have always been and will always be supportive of the leadership of the Amal Movement, the Supreme Islamic Shia Council, the family of Imam Sayyed Musa al-Sadr and the families of His Eminence Sheikh Muhammad Yaqoub and Mr. Abbas Badruddin, i.e. supportive of all families, in all the steps that they have taken or might take in following up on their case. 

We are by their side and support them because they are the ones who are bearing the responsibility and took on this responsibility. And this is a very natural thing. We are by their side. We put ourselves at their disposal in all that can be asked of us in this regard.

8- The eighth point: Here I will speak clearly. I left it for the last for the “Israelis” and for the people to have a clear understanding of our position and the situation on the southern border with occupied Palestine. Several weeks ago, “Israeli” air raids on the vicinity of Damascus airport lead to the martyrdom of a number of martyrs including our brother and mujahid martyr Kamel Mohsen. We are committed to an equation, and we have always applied this equation and are keen on applying it. Our goal is not revenge in the true sense of the word. Our goal is to punish the killers and to establish the balance of deterrence for protection. This manner has been adopted since 2006.

We only issued a statement and said that martyr brother Ali Kamel Mohsen was martyred as a result of an “Israeli” raid on Damascus airport. We only said that, and we did not say anything else.

The “Israelis” on their own stood on a foot and a half. The “Israelis” know perfectly well, and this of course is one of the resistance’s achievements. The “Israelis” deal with arrogance and aggression with entire regimes and armies, but it deals with the resistance in a different way. This did not come as a result of words and speeches. This was the result of 38 years of sacrifices, jihad, perseverance, achievements, and victories, while the “Israelis” were dealt disappointments, defeats, as well as military and security failures.

On their own – to summarize the situation – stood on foot and a half along the borders from the sea to the Golan heights, not only on the Lebanese borders, but also on the Syrian border with occupied Palestine. 

The “Israelis” carried out all the measures that you know. They evacuated military sites – if you go there now, you’ll find that they’ve been evacuated. Meanwhile, there are sites that were not evacuated, but the soldiers there are in hiding. The patrols were canceled completely. Sometimes, a patrol quickly passes and exceptionally in places if they felt that there was no movement for the resistance. The “Israelis” started sending unmanned vehicles and putting dummies dressed as “Israeli” soldiers in them like last year. It is as if they are telling us to target this vehicle. Then a helicopter and an ambulance will come and put the soldiers in stretchers. By doing so, they think they fooled us. It’s like, O Hezbollah, what do you want? You want to kill a soldier, well you have. Isn’t this what they are doing? This is what the “Israelis” are doing now.

Yesterday, you saw on television how they brought a walking robot and put a dummy on it for us to assume it was a soldier and that this is an opportunity.
These measures are still in place and have been in place for weeks. This is part of the punishment. This is an army that considers itself the most powerful army in the region as opposed to the resistance in Lebanon. Yes, I tell you that it is standing on a foot and a half on all the borders. They are anxious. The measures are not only taken along the border, but also behind it – they check who enters the settlements and who leaves; checkpoints are set up; training programs are disrupted; maneuver programs are disrupted; artillery groups and troops are deployed; the Iron Dome is on high alert awaiting the resistance. The “Israelis” know that this resistance has credibility and is serious.

When something happens along the border, “they think that every shout is against them,” as we said in the statement. If they sensed a certain movement at a certain point, they begin bombing the perimeter of their posts in the Shebaa Farms, in the Manara point, i.e. facing Meiss Ej Jabal and Aitaroun, and in the western sector area.

This reflects a state of confusion, anxiety, and panic among the “Israelis”. Why would they bomb sites? They are supposed to have information and control over the information. They are supposed to be alert or have information in any case.

Today, I want to be clear about this. Up to this point, we consider everything that has happened since the martyrdom of our brother to be a part of the retribution. We are convinced of that. But I would like to be clearer for the benefit of the people in Lebanon who follow us, as well as for the “Israelis”. If we wanted to respond just in order to raise the morale or for media consumption, we would have retaliated on the first day. Let me go into details. Simply put, there are “Israeli” posts in Shebaa Farms and even along the border. as far as we are concerned, this matter is over. At one point, we used to distinguish between the Shebaa Farms and the border. The Shebaa Farms are occupied Lebanese territory, and nobody should dispute our right to resist. But when the “Israelis” attack, there is no longer a distinction between the Shebaa Farms and the international border. We concluded this matter the last time.

Quite simply, the men of the resistance could have hit a military post with a group of rockets, hitting some fortifications and some installations. Then, we could have filmed this and sent it to all media outlets. And Allah Akbar… and this would have been our response to the martyrdom of our brother. But no “Israeli” soldier would have been killed or wounded. 

It is also possible that “Israelis” might do what they did in the Shebaa Farms incident – they put the ladder for us so we can get down from the top of the tree. They can bring helicopters and stretchers and pretend to show wounded people the wat they did at the time of the Avivim barracks incident. Then everything is over.

This was not our goal. We are not looking to win points in the media or to just raise the morale. We want to set a certain equation, and today, I will be franker about this equation than any time in the past.

Let the “Israelis” understand: When you kill one of our mujahideen, we will kill someone your soldiers. That’s it. This is the equation. It is not that you kill one of us, and we bomb a post, hills, bunkers, some iron and tin installations. They have lots of money. They can replace these objects. This is not the one that will create a balance of deterrence with “Israel”.  

The “Israelis” know – this is the first time I speak bluntly – that we are not looking for success in the media or for a photo-op. They know that we are looking for an “Israeli” soldier to kill. This is why they are hiding all their soldiers. They are hiding like mice.

This is the resistance’s point of strength. This is not a point of weakness. This is not a failure. The accuracy is that the resistance is not here to spill its anger or seeking to do a consumer work. 

The resistance is serious in accomplishing this mission. The “Israelis” are hoping for anything to happen so that things return to normal in the north of occupied Palestine and their done with it. This matter is not like this to us. During the last incident a few days ago, more than one flare bomb was thrown, and phosphorous bombs set fire to places – unfortunately, shells hit some homes and an agricultural institution called “Green Without Borders” – but praise be to God, no one was injured or martyred. There were only material damages.

We did not engage in gun battle because, honestly, this is what the “Israelis” wanted – they attacked our front and we retaliated. They burned some trees, and we did the same thing. And that’s it. 

We feel that this wastes the blood of our martyr and the equation of deterrence. What the “Israelis” did a few days ago as well as a few weeks ago when a missile mistakenly hit a house in al-Habbariya are all recorded in the account. Settling this is coming. We consider this a categorical and decisive decision. It is only a matter of time and place. We are not in a hurry or wrecking our nerves – is it going to be today or tomorrow? 

We do not consider it a weakness if the response was late because we could not find a target that would achieve the objective. In the end, how long will you stay in your burrows? How long? A week, two weeks, a month, two months, three months? Regardless of the duration, time is not a pressing matter to us. No one is pressing us with time either. 

Eventually, you will go out on the road and we will meet you. We will set this equation. All the threats by Netanyahu, Gantz, and the Chief of Staff Kochavi will not prevent us from setting the achievement that was enshrined by the blood of thousands of martyrs.

9- The last point: Just a few words regarding the coronavirus. The number in Lebanon is spiking, unfortunately. Every day, the number is going above 650 cases. The decision to close is not being implemented. Of course, there is a resigned government whose circumstances are difficult. Even if a new government is formed, I do not know to what extent we will be able to handle this matter.

On the other hand, closing is difficult. Shop owners, restaurant owners, and hoteliers are protesting. People need to go to work. Thus, there is a method which is adopted today in the world, but it requires commitment. It does not require closure, and people can go to work and making a living. 

There are two words circulating in the whole world: social distancing. Can we abide by social distancing or not? Can we commit to wearing masks or not? 

Hence, social distancing and wearing a mask. One of the knowledgeable doctors says: the mask, the mask, and the mask. In any case, the results of the vaccine have not appeared so far, and this situation may continue for months and years. So, what do we do? Today, hospitals, directors, and officials in Lebanon say that we no longer have the capacity to receive patients, and the number of deaths is increasing every day. Do we need a calamity to happen in order for people to wake up? Why isn’t there commitment? Can’t we get married without a wedding part? Yes, we can. 

Can we console each other over the phone and on social media? Yes, we can. The dearest thing to us this year was the month of Ramadan, and we were committed [to the measures]. Marking the nights of Ashura was the dearest thing to us, and we were committed. Can we commit to the measures during other occasions? In our behavior and our life? We can do that. Today, this is a very great responsibility, I repeat and say that has to do with religion, the Hereafter, and the question on the Day of Resurrection. This is a religious duty. It is not a desirable act and leaving it is undesirable. This is a religious duty that means neglecting it is a sin, for which a person will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection. This is speaking from a religious standpoint. If we want to speak from a humanitarian and moral standpoint as well as from our responsibility towards our families and others around us, we must resolve this issue. So, what can we do?

Should we, for example, beg you, plead with you, kiss your hands? O people, for your safety, for the safety of the country, and for the safety of all residents of this country. There should be a different sense of responsibility.

Since we are talking about the tenth day, I would like to conclude by talking about Hussein (PBUH). We were hurt that this year we did not have the chance to attend mourning ceremonies. From now, we must commit to the coronaviruss measures to get rid of this pandemic in Lebanon so that we can take part in mourning ceremonies next year. 

If there was still a pandemic, our performance to commit to the measures would make controlling it easier. What is the gateway by which we can use to tell people: O our family, our loved ones, and our people, please abide by social distancing, the mask, and disinfecting? 

I ask God Almighty to keep everyone in good health.

In conclusion, on Ashura, on the tenth day, we renew our commitment and pledge to our imam by continuing this path. We will keep telling him no matter how long “Labaik ya Hussein! [I am here, O Hussein!].”

No matter how great the sacrifices are, “Labaik ya Hussein!” With our blood, our tears, our remains, our cries, our patience, our grievances, our estrangement, our hopes and our pain, our cry will remain “Labaik ya Hussein!”

No Yazid in this world could cut us of from Hussein, from the truth for which Hussein was martyred, and from attending jihad arenas for the sake of the truth that Hussain called us to stand for. No one will ever be able to. We will remain Hussainis and people of Karbala and Ashura. We will carry this thought, this culture, this loyalty and sincerity, and this constant willingness to sacrifice souls, money, children, and dear ones for the sake of the truth that we believe in.

Peace be upon you, O my master and my lord, O Aba Abdullah and upon souls that gathered in your courtyard. Peace be upon you from me forever as long as I am existent and as long as there are day and night. May Allah not decide this time of my visit to you both to be the last. Peace be upon Hussein, Ali bin Al Hussein, the children of Hussein, and the companions of Hussein.

Peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you all. May God Almighty bless you, better your consolation, and reward you.
 

Sayyed Nasrallah, Haniyeh Stress Stability of Axis of Resistance

Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Ismail Haniyeh
Photo released by Hezbollah Media Relations Office shows Sayyed Nasrallah and Haniyeh wearing protective masks amid the outbreak of coronavirus (Sunday, September 6, 2020).

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah received Head of Hamas politburo Ismail Haniyeh, with the two leaders stressed stability of Axis of Resistance.

Sayyed Nasrallah, Haniyeh stress stability of axis of resistance -  en.hawzahnews.com

In a statement released early Sunday, Hezbollah’s Media Relations Office announced that Sayyed Nasrallah received Haniyeh, his deputy Saleh Al-Arouri and the accompanying delegation.

Sayyed Nasrallah and Haniyeh discussed political and military developments in Palestine, Lebanon and the region, as well as “the dangers to the Palestinian cause, especially the so-called deal of the century and normalization attempts by Arab regimes with the Zionist entity and the nation’s responsibility in this regard,” the statement said.

During the meeting, the two leaders “stressed stability of the Axis of Resistance in confronting all forms of pressures and threats.”

They also stressed the firm relation that between Hezbollah and Hamas “which is based on faith, brotherhood, Jihad, patience and same destiny.”

The statement did not mention the time of the meeting. Haniyeh has been in Beirut this week for meetings with Palestinian Resistance factions in Lebanon.

Source: Hezbollah Media Relations

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