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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Saudi Rapprochement with Hamas Is a Step in
the Right Direction
in Occupied Palestine
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, July
A composed photo of Khalid Misha'al, left, and King Salman.
The latest visit to Saudi Arabia by four leading officials from Hamas,
including the group's politburo chief Khalid Misha'al, should be viewed as a
step in the right direction.
Saudi Arabia, which is fighting an
existential war against the forces of evil both at home and abroad, is an
indispensable Arab-Muslim power which must always be given ample
Hamas, too, is an important Sunni Muslim player which
must be constantly preserved and strengthened, irrespective of inter-Arab
differences and conflicts.
In the final analysis, a strong Hamas is
a valuable asset for all Arabs and Muslims, states and peoples alike. The
opposite is absolutely correct. A weak Hamas would lead to the rise and
consolidation of antithetical sectarian forces, harboring a clear anti-Arab
and anti-Islamic agenda.
Indeed, the ongoing unrelenting holocaust
in Syria, where the minority Alawite regime is waging against the Syrian
people, is a brazen expression of this evil agenda. We all know who is
bankrolling and abetting this holocaust and no amount of propaganda and
"revolutionary rhetoric" would blur the facts.
Hamas did the right
thing by distancing itself from the nefarious regime in Damascus. The
courageous but costly act earned Hamas a lot of respect among friends and
True, certain regional powers, didn't like Hamas's
stance vis-à-vis the Hitlerian regime in Damascus. However, short-term
expediency and parochial politics must never take priority over moral
In fact, had Hamas behaved otherwise, the movement would
have paid a dear price in many respects. That is why, Hamas must remain a
dignified movement as it has always been. This is what makes Hamas different
from other political groups on the Palestinian arena.
It is now
widely hoped that King Salman will realize that Hamas is not a mercurial
movement that would trade its fixed Islamic principles for short-term
It is also hoped that the Saudi leadership will not
allow for a situation in which Hamas is forced to seek badly-needed
financial assistance from certain powers deemed anti-Arab and anti-Islamic.
Indeed, by supporting Hamas, which bears a huge financial burden toward
its struggling and suffering people despite being under a tight and harsh
siege from both the Zionist regime and the Sissi regime, Saudi Arabia would
deny certain powers in the region the chance of spewing their sectarian
venom throughout the region in the name of Palestine and its just cause.
Such powers must never be allowed to sow more chaos and instigate
sectarian tumult under the rubric of helping the Palestinian cause. In the
final analysis, the road to Palestine is clear. It doesn’t go through Aden,
Ta'iz, Idlib, Halab, Hama and Ramadi.
Apart from the financial
dimension, Saudi Arabia must use its clout with the sadistic regime in Cairo
which is tormenting two million Palestinians by shutting off the Rafah
border crossing with Gaza for no convincing reason.
Sissi regime has a problem with the Egyptian people in connection with the
bloody coup against the legitimate government of Egypt.
Palestinian people have absolutely nothing to do with internal insurrection
in Egypt or with the issue of terror there.
But the unpopular
regime, which is shamelessly blackmailing Saudi Arabia for billions of
dollars in order to swell the pockets of the chronically corrupt military
establishment, is punishing the Palestinians to vent its frustration and
impotence in failing to achieve peace and stability.
Salman ought to make it abundantly clear to the thug of Cairo that the
safety and dignity of the Palestinian people are a red line that must not be
Finally, Hamas and Saudi Arabia have actually no real
political or ideological differences to speak of. In fact, most of the
problems that emerged under the late King Abdullah's rule were psychological
in nature and more or less had to do with rumors and canards than with
That is why, there should be no problem getting mutual
relations between Hamas and Riyadh back to an exemplary state.
the same time, Hamas ought to treat Saudi Arabia and its legitimate concerns
as an absolute constant, rather than a momentary variable. As part of this
strategic orientation, Hamas should never allow itself to be swayed by
certain voices, internally and externally, including some voices within
Hamas itself, to alienate Saudi Arabia or, God forbid, stand along the side
of its foes.
No one is suggesting that Hamas should allow itself to
be puppet to be manipulated by any power. Hamas must always remain
independent and responsible to the Palestinian people.
delicate golden balance that made Hamas shun the criminal regime of Bashar
Assad must always be resorted to, to enable Hamas to carefully take the
right decision and make a distinction between friends and foes. Hamas must
always remain Islamic.
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