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Hassan Mneimneh Comment on Abdulhameed Hakeem’s "Who holds the keys of peace with Israel."

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April 6, 2018

Undoubtedly, the Palestinian cause has been used and abused by the leaders of Arab states and political movements. The fact that these leaders were able to invoke and manipulate the issue stems from the deep sense of injustice suffered by the Palestinians, from the perspective of societies in the Middle East — even those antipathetic to the Palestinian population (such as in Lebanon). It is, therefore, a serious omission for an article addressing the potential resolution of the conflict to analyze the situation with no reference to the underlying cause.For Muhammad bin Salman to be successful in his outreach to Israel — a laudable action with the potential of charting a new course for the region — an equivalent effort ought to be directed at Palestinians: not a summoning of leadership to accept diktats under duress, but an invitation for the generation of Palestinians who have witnessed, in Israel, what sound governance and a focus on progress can create, to take part, rather than seek to destroy, a shared future of prosperity. The question of Palestine has enabled a malevolent evolution within Islamic theology, one in which the collective “Jews” are an incarnation of evil. The pinning of anti-Jewish discourse on the Muslim Brotherhood, with no mention of the radical role of the Saudi religious establishment, seems polemical and more informed by current political expediency. Much reconsideration is due here.

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