Tachles with Aviel – Who wants the Palestinians?

The Palestinians are not only Israel’s problem, but first and foremost the problem of the Arab world.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Gaza, palestinians
Palestinians with dual nationality wait at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, southern Gaza Strip, October 16, 2023. EPA-EFE/HAITHAM IMAD
Palestinians with dual nationality wait at the Rafah border crossing with Egypt, southern Gaza Strip, October 16, 2023. EPA-EFE/HAITHAM IMAD

We see how much the Arab governments “love” the Palestinians. Nobody wants to take them in and nobody really advocates for them. The aid supplies via Egypt are just an act that doesn’t really help the Palestinians. The fact is, the Arab world also wants to get rid of the Hamas regime. Among other things, because Hamas (Sunnis) cooperates with the Sunnis’ greatest archenemy, the Shiite Ayatollah regime in Tehran. “The Palestinians are a plague,” is something we’ve heard more than once from Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries.

Much of the world public has more sympathy for the Palestinians than for Israel. We have seen this in recent weeks in the major cities of Europe and also in Istanbul and other Muslim countries. Everyone is protesting, demonstrating and shouting for the plight of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Pro-Palestinian demonstration in London on October 21, 2023. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDY RAIN

But no one wants to take in the Palestinian refugees. Israel’s eastern neighbors the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Egypt to the south have made it clear to Israel and the West that they will not take in a single Palestinian refugee. They have said this publicly several times in the last few weeks.

In recent days, Washington has been trying to convince Cairo to accept Palestinian refugees in Sinai in exchange for canceling Egypt’s $155 billion in foreign debt. Not a bad deal for Egypt, which is already in a dire economic crisis. The foreign debt is canceled and later the Egyptian general “thinks” about what to do with the Palestinian refugees in Sinai. Jordan already has enough Palestinians. About 70 percent of Jordan’s population is Palestinian. Jordan’s King Abdullah does not want any more. Wasn’t it his father, King Hussein, who killed tens of thousands of Palestinians in the so-called “Black September” of 1970 because they incited a civil war under PLO leader Yasser Arafat? At that time, the PLO had around 100,000 fighters in Jordan. They were then expelled from Jordan to Lebanon until the PLO also instigated a civil war there and were expelled to Tunisia by Israeli troops in 1982. Twelve years later, we invited the PLO into the country in the so-called “Oslo Accords.” And so we have been paying for it ever since.

Why doesn’t Europe take in the Palestinian refugees who are now fleeing the northern Gaza Strip to the south so that Israel can destroy the terrorist Hamas regime underground once and for all? Everyone praises and pities the Palestinians, but no one really supports them. I’ll tell you something, many in the Arab world are sure that the Palestinians don’t want a state at all, because if a state were created, donations from the world would stop and the Palestinians would have to work. That’s no joke. The Palestinian problem is a money-making machine.

Better donations than government. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) is received by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2-L) in Ramallah, October 24, 2023. EPA-EFE/CHRISTOPHE ENA / POOL MAXPPP OUT

The Palestinians are frustrated with their Arab brothers and sisters in the region and this is easily understood from Palestinian reports. “23 days after the start of the aggression against the Gaza Strip, the Arab League decided to hold the next emergency meeting only on November 11,” tweeted the Palestinian news agency Shehab. In other words, Gaza and the Palestinians are not among the Arab League’s priorities. For years we have reported that the so-called “Palestinian” people are not necessarily popular among their Arab kin. And I heard and understood this for the first time as a young soldier in Lebanon. During this time we operated with the Muslim SLA soldiers (the South Lebanese Army), who were fighting the PLO terrorists in Lebanon with us at the time. They told me again and again that the Palestinians are considered the most deceitful people among the Arab nations.

Hamas and the Palestinians are frustrated that no one in the neighborhood is standing up and joining their fight against Israel. They dressed PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Fattah el Sisi in Israeli military uniforms. “These three leaders are Israel’s true iron dome,” read the posts on Palestinian social media. The Iron Dome is Israel’s missile defense system and these three are, in their view, the best political defense system for Israel. All three agitate against Israel, but none stand up for the Palestinians. Hamas is a devil to Egypt and Jordan because it is a branch of the radical Muslim Brotherhood. PLO and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah hates his political opponents Hamas and is waiting for the day when Israel liberates the Gaza Strip from the Hamas regime and hands it to him on a silver platter. Israel must not do that under any circumstances, but that is a different issue. Behind the scenes, Amman and Cairo are rubbing their hands and rejoicing that Israel is opening the gates to hell for Hamas.

A member of Hamas’s overseas political bureau, Musa Abu Marzouk, told Al Jazeera a few days ago: “We expect Egypt to take a firm position to provide aid to the Gaza Strip as quickly as possible. Netanyahu and his government are blocking a prisoner exchange agreement. We expected a lot from Hezbollah and our brothers in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), but we are surprised by the shameful position of our Arab brothers and sisters in the Palestinian Authority. The members of the Palestinian Authority and some Arab countries are secretly calling on the West to eliminate us, Hamas.” This is exactly what we write about again and again: The Arab governments around Israel want to finally get rid of the Hamas regime, more than Israel. Marzouk himself admits this.

The Palestinians are deceiving themselves, at least that is how Abu Marzouk understands it. In his recent television interview, the presenter asked Abu Marzouk: “When you built 500 km of tunnels in the Gaza Strip, why didn’t you build shelters for Palestinian civilians from the attacks?” And how did Musa Abu Marzouk respond? “We built the tunnels for ourselves, Hamas, to defend ourselves in the war against Israel. The citizens of Gaza are the responsibility of the United Nations. 75% of the residents are refugees and are protected by the United Nations.” In other words, the entire Hamas leadership doesn’t care that their Palestinian brothers and sisters are going to hell. Between you and me, isn’t this a betrayal of the people of Gaza? Why should the world have compassion for Palestinian civilians when even their own Hamas leadership does not show compassion?

Israel’s mistake began as early as 1979 as part of the peace treaty with Egypt. At the time, Egyptian President Anwar el Sadat insisted that the Gaza Strip should remain under Israeli rule. For peace with Israel, he only wanted the Sinai Peninsula, not the Gaza Strip, even though it was part of the Sinai Peninsula. Sadat knew very well why he did not want to get the Gaza Strip back, not even for free and not as a bonus. And we are paying the price today. But you see, even then the Palestinians were unpopular among the Arab peoples. They are nothing but a tool in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Nothing more!


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