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QATARI EMIR CALLS FOR PALESTINIAN UNITY BUT OF COURSE WON’T HELP WITH THAT OR ANYTHING
October 23 2012
Gaza City, Palestinian Territory – One of the biggest challenges facing the Palestinian people has been, from the start, the relatively limited action from neighbouring Arab countries. While certainly many Palestinians see Israel as the chief player in their misery, the truth is that no one else has helped.
In fact, countries like Syria and Jordan have done the opposite of helping, They have routinely thrown out Palestinian refugees and made it clear that they wanted no part of their problems, which has in turn forced the people from that region back into direct conflict with Israel and helped to exacerbate the troubles there.
That is especially troublesome considering the wealth that many countries in the region have. With so much oil money in the region, surely some could be allocated to providing genuine aid to millions of refugees on their borders. That, clearly, has not happened and the Palestinian people have remained pawns in a chess game constantly playing out in the region, something unlikely to change with a visit from the Qatari Emir who really had nothing to add aside from a couple of words.
“Why are you staying divided? There are no peace negotiations, and there is no clear strategy of resistance and liberation. Why shouldn't brothers sit together and reconcile?” said Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani during his visit to the Gaza Strip.
The Emir did pledge $400 million to help build stuff in the region, though whether or not that money will actually come through is a different issue.
Israel, of course, criticized the visit for reasons they would have made up if they needed to.
“I would argue, as many others have done, that the real problem in the Middle East is not between Arabs and Israelis but between Arabs and Arabs. That has been at the root of the trouble in the region for decades and they really haven’t come out of that. In fact the oil money probably made it worse because it increased the gulf between the different tribes and factions,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “If that is the case then there is a pretty simple solution which involved putting money into the hands of the Palestinians and helping them become a proper nation. Of course if that happens then no more conflict and that will obviously affect oil prices so that isn’t happening.”
The money pledged by the Emir, it’s believed, will likely be wasted if it ever comes through.
“There are many parties that simply don’t want peace in the region. Peace is bad for business on the whole and so any attempt to actually push towards peace will likely be
thwarted at the nearest possible time. No one wants peace if it means lower oil prices, obviously, I mean how can you afford to build indoor ski resorts if you don’t charge ridiculous amounts for oil?” continued Gershwin. “It’s nice and all that the Emir decided to visit but it’s not really going to do much of anything for the people in the region. I would bet it’s even possible that that could be the whole point of the visit, giving the people there some kind of hope and then removing it again which of course will make them even more angry and ready to turn to bad people and cause trouble. Smart plan that, smart.”
The Emir flew back home on his jet made of jewels which provides a surprisingly smooth ride.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent