Time for another quick round of how Arab and some Muslim World governments don’t really care about Palestine.
Their focus of course is economic benefit. While that is vital to any nation’s success, why not strengthen ties with the many Muslim countries around the world instead?
These decisions further legitimize the US’s own support of Israel.
Firstly is Egypt’s increasing steps to strengthen relations with Israel. This time it’s in the form of an airplane route, from Tel Aviv to Sharm e-Sheikh. Even the idea that the final agreement was made by Egypt and members of Shin Bet, the Israeli Security Service that has targeted and harmed so many Palestinians throughout the years, is shameful.
What’s perhaps even sadder about this is that in the case of Egypt, any economic benefit from ties with Israel probably will not be felt by the population at-large anyways.
Next up is Israeli president Herzog’s meeting with Erdogan in Turkey.
“‘Appearing before cameras following the talks, Erdogan described Israeli president’s visit as ‘historic’ and ‘a turning point’ in Turkish-Israeli relations. He said Turkey was ready to cooperate with Israel in the energy sector, adding that the Turkish foreign and energy ministers would soon visit Israel for more talks on increased cooperation.”
The article also notes that Erdogan expressed his continued concern about Palestine and working towards a two-state solution:
“‘We expressed the importance we attach to reducing tensions in the region and preserving the vision of a two-state solution,’ Erdogan said. ‘I underlined the importance we attach to the historical status of Jerusalem and the preservation of the religious identity and sanctity of Masjid Aqsa,’ the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s historic Old City.”
This sounds too like working to maintain the status quo. Even with the clashes over al-Haram al-Sharif, no one denies that al-Aqsa is religiously important to Muslims. This idea of two-states has been tossed around for decades and has been supported by the decaying Palestinian Authority, who maintain control of some areas of the West Bank and have serious corruption and organizational problems.
So basically Erdogan gave some lip service to that.
Where does that leave us and all the civilians whose livelihood and lives are at stake?