A Lack of Unity in Muslim Countries and the ‘Greater Israel’ Plan

Bahrain has joined the list of Arab countries that are establishing diplomatic relations with Israel. This list already includes Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. While Turkey and Iran have strongly condemned the agreement between the UAE and Israel, Jared Kushner, White House adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, claims that there is a line of Arab countries ready to recognize Israel. The current issue is that new elections are going to be held in Israel in March next year and the current Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is likely to win. All this is being done in support of the U.S. plan to establish Israel’s supremacy in the Middle East. Considering the Muslim philosophy of protecting the state of Palestine and liberating Jerusalem, the question is where other Islamic countries will stand if one by one, all the Arab countries start recognizing Israel? Whatever the future of the Middle East, it is clear that there is a lack of unity in the Muslim world that is only helping the U.S. and Israel. When Israel becomes the new leader in the Middle East, no one will be able to stop the Jewish people from fulfilling their dream of a “Greater Israel.” Therefore, Muslim countries, especially Arab countries, now need to take the reins and coalesce behind a platform to assert their position in the world so that they can challenge anti-Islamic forces with a united voice. In any case, Israel has deceived the Arab countries in the name of peace, a deception which has the approval of the United States. As far as whether Israel is recognized by Pakistan, Great Leader Muhammad Ali Jinnah bluntly said, “Israel is a dagger thrust into the heart of the nation.” In other words, he thinks Israel is an illegitimate state.

The Muslim community now needs to unite behind a single platform so that it can succeed in strengthening itself politically and economically. Otherwise, the Western world, especially the U.S.-Israel alliance, will economically paralyze not only the Middle East, but the entire Islamic world, which will be no less than an intellectual and social catastrophe. It remains to be seen how long and in what way the non-Arab countries will be able to withstand pressure from the United States and Israel. This is because Israel’s expansionist ambitions won’t be fulfilled until “Greater Israel” is established in the region according to Zionist maps and territories. Israel seeks to occupy Egypt to the River Nile, Jordan, all of Syria and Lebanon, most of Iraq, the southern part of Turkey, and all of upper Saudi Arabia, including the city of Medina. The Israeli superpower, under pressure from the United States, has acknowledged its current aggressive occupation of Arab territories. As soon as it achieves its goal, it won’t be difficult for Israel to establish “Greater Israel.” In fact, recognizing Israel would be tantamount to losing the Kashmir issue and betraying the Muslim community. It would be relinquishing the right to our first qibla*. The Muslim countries that fought for the liberation of the Al-Aqsa mosque from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s platform became friends and now have gotten into bed with Israel and are taking the lead in recognizing the country. Alas, the real tragedy of the Muslim community today is that we do not have a vibrant and effective institution or international forum that can accurately express the heartfelt sentiments of Muslims. A cursory look at recent events in the region reveals that Jerusalem was declared the capital of Israel and the United States opened its embassy there. The “deal of the century” was tantamount to genocide for Palestinian Muslims. The unveiling of the agreement was one of the most important events which other Islamic countries, including Pakistan, did nothing about beyond rejecting it. The Al-Aqsa mosque is the site of the Prophet’s ascension, and Israel’s illegal occupation of it is unacceptable.

*Translator Note: “Qibla” is the direction Muslims face when they pray. Today, Muslims face Mecca or the Holy Kaaba, but for more than a year, Muslims prayed to Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is why they call it the “first qibla.”

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