Saudi Journalist: ‘Palestinian Issue Must Be Eliminated’

Saudi journalist Abdul Hameed Al-Ghabin. (Photo: via Twitter)

A prominent Saudi journalist has said that achieving peace with Israel is more important than the status of Jerusalem and that the Palestinian issue must be “eliminated”.

Abdul Hameed Al-Ghabin – an influential political analyst and writer – said in an interview with Saudi Arabian TV that,

“Palestinians who do not accept [being] part of the State of Israel should be deported to Jordan and Palestinians in other countries should be naturalised, including Palestinians in the Gulf countries, with compensation.”

He continued:

“After nearly 70 years of resistance and the loss of dozens of opportunities, the Palestinian issue must be eliminated.”

The interview formed part of a discussion entitled “The Palestinian Peace Deal: After 70 years, the chances of a Palestinian deal are in dire condition,” which also touched on the topic of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Al-Ghabin said of the Holy City:

“It doesn’t interest us what happens with Jerusalem as much as peace between the states interests us. We need to calm things down and make true peace between the two sides.”

He added that as long as Muslims are able to perform prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, Saudi Arabia is indifferent to who controls the city.

Al-Ghabin doubled down on his position on Twitter, adding that “this is a painful fact but it is the reality of what will happen”.

Al-Ghabin said of the Holy City:

“It doesn’t interest us what happens with Jerusalem as much as peace between the states interests us. We need to calm things down and make true peace between the two sides.”

He added that as long as Muslims are able to perform prayers at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, Saudi Arabia is indifferent to who controls the city.

Al-Ghabin doubled down on his position on Twitter, adding that “this is a painful fact but it is the reality of what will happen”.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt rejected a statement by the Union of Arab Parliaments which called for an end to normalization with Israel.

This normalization is of particular importance due to the proximity of the “deal of the century”, the long-awaited US peace plan spearheaded by President Trump and his closest advisors, son-in-law Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt.

Saudi Arabia has flip-flopped on the deal, at first overtly backing the plan before being forced to dilute its support after facing a backlash from the Arab world. The deal is expected to disregard convention on establishing a Palestinian state and could make use of billions of dollars of Gulf money to provide economic incentives to the occupied Palestinian territories and neighboring states such as Jordan and Lebanon, which host millions of Palestinian refugees.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

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2 Comments

  1. Palestinians accepting “being part of Israel” means accepting being subjects of EuroJew invaders, subjects with different rights and living under different conditions than their racist dominant masters. This is a recipe for continuing conflict.

  2. It is amazing to me how weak our Umah is. This is injustice and to see Muslims bow to Israel is a catastrophe!

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