'Sharia permits us to have dealings with Israelites'

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

These were the words of Hammad Al-Dosari, one of Kuwait's independent members of parliament, during an interview with Al-Adala TV last week. The legislator noted that "the Prophet Muhammad died while his shield was mortgaged with a Jew."

Al-Dosari believes that it is justified purchasing military equipment from the "Zionists" in order to strengthen Kuwait's security against her Arab-Muslim neighbors.

Al-Dosari's colleague, MP Nabil al-Fadhl, added that "if the security of Kuwait requires the purchase of Israeli equipment, I will do so, and I will love the Israelis for it."

It is important to note that Israel and Kuwait do not enjoy diplomatic relations.

One could wonder, if the shoe were on the other foot (and it often is), would these Arab lawmakers uphold Israel's right to do whatever necessary for national security? Unfortunately, as has been seen time and time again, there tends to be a double standard.

The Kuwaiti lawmakers' remarks can also be seen in light of the looming Iranian threat, which affects the Gulf states at least as much as Israel.

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