Basem Abdullah Al-Agha’s opinion, Ambassador of the State of Palestine to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The crimes of the Zionist entity are endless: killing, blowing up, demolishing homes, arrests, sniping children, incursions, etc. The crimes against humanity from these neo-Nazis have not stopped since the British occupation of Palestine, called a ‘mandate’.
The Zionist occupation is an ethnic cleansing, an organized and programmed terrorist attack with the full support of the successive American administrations to bring our people and our Arab nation to their knees. The Zionist ideology wants Palestinians to die or surrender.
As for the current war, Netanyahu wants to stay in power for a more extended period, escaping prison and court. He has fabricated this war to thwart the efforts of his opponent, Yair Lapid, in forming a government of dissidents from the Likud, headed by Gideon Sa’ar, and a right-wing party led by Naftali Bennett.
To a better understanding, we shall go back to the clashes in 2015. The youth of Jerusalem and all Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza were in harmony during the 48th Jerusalem Day, and the occupation responded to the celebrations with criminal intensity. Netanyahu wanted to cover up the Jerusalem confrontations, which won international sympathy in favour of Palestine, as he realized how that was a sensitive nerve for Palestinians, Arabs, and Muslims.
In 1996, when he was Prime Minister, he opened a tunnel under the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The initially peaceful action ended up suppressed by the army with fire and resulted in 63 Palestinians killed. Netanyahu’s goal was to open a tunnel aiming such a confrontation and justify his repudiation of the Oslo agreement since the Al-Aqsa Intifada started after Sharon visited Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Netanyahu wants to continue Judaizing Jerusalem and consolidate the declaration of former President Trump that Jerusalem is the capital of the occupation state, meaning that he wants to extend the occupation state over Jerusalem, specifically Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Netanyahu also refuses to hold Palestinian elections in Jerusalem. Consequently, the Palestinian elections have been postponed until the US administration and the Europeans put Netanyahu enough pressure.
The Palestinians have agreed to live on 22% of their land under the Arab peace initiative, international legitimacy, and international law. Despite this dark cloud above our heads, the Palestinian Arab people are part of the steadfast fabric of the Arab and Islamic nation. Their faith in God is great.
The Israeli enemy has a method of destruction. The Gaza Strip has been besieged for 15 years on land, sea, and air, and what we see is genocide and the bombing of all roads surrounding hospitals, so injured can’t have assistance.
The Israeli Zionist mentality insists on denying the Palestinian Arab existence. However, the latter has declared that exile will not last; it won’t substitute homeland.
Every position supporting Palestine’s cause and its people in confronting this brutal entity is welcome. Support, whether by marching in the streets as an expression of global conscience or by political postures through social platforms, is crucial under a racist state’s imprisonment.
The kingdom’s support is a continuation of King Abdulaziz Al Saud’s stances towards Palestine and its people. It is a position of faith, as Palestine is Islamic land. King Salman was decisive when he declared Jerusalem was the capital of Palestine in response to President Trump, followed by a donation to Jerusalem in the face of the harsh occupation.
The positions of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman are firm at all levels. President Mahmoud Abbas continually reaffirms our trust in King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, and the noble Saudi people.
Israel is not just an occupying power; it is a nuclear power with a military arsenal, an iron dome, and shelters. As for the people of Gaza, they are besieged without a haven and nowhere to go.
Our freedom and legitimate rights are not a gift from anyone. Under the implementation of Resolution 194, our people’s independence right – the State of Palestine with its capital, Al-Quds Al-Sharif -, and the return of refugees to their homes, from which they were displaced during the Nakba, will be achieved by their solid will and steadfastness.
Our people are not alone and will not bend or be broken. Their hopes will remain high because they have never hesitated in their duties towards their land and sanctities. We are firm in our faith in God, our Arab Islamic nation, and the free world.
We live by our hopes.