An Arab media personality has written an article urging Arab nations to fully embrace Israel as a legitimate nation.
According to UnitedwithIsrael.org, Yousuf ‘Abd Al-Karim Al-Zinkawi wrote an article published in the Kuwaiti new source Al-Siyassa in which he argued for officially recognizing Israel as a nation.
“The very presence of the Arab and Islamic states in the UN General Assembly, under the same roof as the Israeli delegation, means… that they recognize Israel. Otherwise, what is the meaning of their presence [there], alongside Israel, which they do not recognize? All those Arab and Islamic states that do not recognize Israel, if they have courage, let them stand before the members of the UN General Assembly, or in a session of the [UN] Security Council, and declare that they do not recognize Israel,” wrote Al-Zinkawi in his article.
Al-Zinkawi argued from a practical standpoint, stating that Arab nations already interact economically with Israel under the guise of other nations, so they may as well officially acknowledge Israel as a legitimate entity.
“The countries that have established ties with Israel understood reality as it was and took active steps to deal with it,” wrote Al-Zinkawi. “The first and foremost of them is Qatar, which recently hosted a beach volleyball tournament, in which Israel took part a few days ago. If for decades we have been maintaining indirect ties with Israel, by means of Israeli companies that [operate under the flags of] other countries – and most Arab and Islamic companies and businessmen are aware of this ridiculous reality – why should we keep up this political charade, and until when?”
UnitedwithIsrael.org reports that Arab countries’ views toward Israel are beginning to shift in a favorable direction, with more Arab political leaders openly supporting relations with the Jewish State.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also acknowledged this shift: “Major Arab countries are changing their view of Israel…they don’t see Israel anymore as their enemy, but they see Israel as their ally, especially in the battle against militant Islam.”
Publication date: April 13, 2016