President Musharraf says Pakistan will take steps to build ties with Israel yesterday, at a dinner with the American-Jewish congress. Talk about politics in Pakistan moving on! This follows on news a few weeks ago that Pakistan has held talks with Israel for the first time.
It seems to be that Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza has had a changing influence on the Muslim World. The leadership of Iran has (tentatively) declared that a two state solution will not be opposed as long as the Palestinian people supported it.
Pakistan knew it would attract criticism from its people and religious parties at home, but Musharraf let it be known that the two countries have been involved in landmark talks. Pakistan still claims that they have not recognised Israel however both sides agree that the meeting was a success.
A few years back I would have disagreed with this but when you look at the humanitarian angle and the plight of the Palestinians it makes you think. I don’t live in Palestine, so I can’t be a judge on how good and how bad things will be.
What I do know is that everybody wants peace and if that peace means recognising Israel, so be it. If a viable Palestinian state can be created alongside Israel, that is far better than Palestinians living in squalor and the fear of state brutality.
As for the Israelis, they too wish peace and it would be great for them if they knew that they can live a life were they don’t have to look over their shoulders from oncoming attack from Hamas or the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.
The people that want to cause the trouble are the extreme Zionists (Christian and Jewish) who want to destroy the third most sacred place for Muslims (Masjid al Aqsa) and replace it with a new temple.
On the flipside we have the terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, who gain popularity acting as the saviors of the Palestinian people who want to remove every single Jew out of Israel, dead or alive.
These diplomatic talks will help, as the extremists from all angles will start scratching their heads and think “this is not going as planned”. Muslims will be more empowered than ever before with issues regarding Palestine as they can verbally put pressure on a nation they could now recognise.
Arab nations can actively lobby against Israel on certain issues if they are disagreeable, and agree on issues that all the concerned nations can benefit from. This can only happen if Israel is recognised by the Arab and wider Muslim World.
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