An American friend asked me the following question: How is it that the large Arab World that extends from the Persian Gulf east all the way to the Atlantic Ocean west, and from Turkish border north to the Indian Ocean south with all its wealth of oil and gas, and spending trillions of dollars acquiring American, British and French sophisticated weapons could not stop Zionism from occupying Palestine and is still unable today to defeat the tiny terrorist state of Israel?
Due to the Zionist-controlled and poor American education system, and the Zionist control over the media, it is difficult for the average American to understand the modern Arab history in general and the Palestinian cause in specific. You have to live it in order to understand the depth of the real history especially the vast oral history and the undocumented events.
The Middle Eastern region was inhabited by many separate Arab Bedouin tribes until they were united by the Islamic rule in 661 A.D and became a part of the Islamic Umayyad Caliphate that extended from India east all the way to Spain west, covering Middle Eastern and North African regions. This situation lasted for more than 600 years under different forms of Islamic Caliphates until 1362 A.D. when the Ottoman Empire took over governing the whole Middle Eastern region for 400 years until the beginning of WWI.
According to the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Britain and France divided the Middle East into different mandates and installed their own Arab puppet rulers. Britain, also, gave Palestine to Zionist Jews. To maintain their British gold salaries and their ruling positions over their perspective region (state) those installed Arab puppets had tacitly accepted and agreed to sacrifice Palestine to the Zionists.
Fearing for their rules from popular revolts those Arab leaders, pretending to oppose the unjust and illegal 1948 UN Partition Plan of Palestine, sent few troops; a total of 20 thousand Arab soldiers to Palestine to fight the 80 thousand Zionist terrorist militias. The real goal for these troops was not to destroy the unilaterally declared terrorist state of Israel, rather prevent Israel from occupying territories assigned to a Palestinian state according to the Partition Plan. Arab leaders wanted a buffering Palestinian state preventing Zionist expansion.
Since 1948 until this very day, most of Arab leaders including the Arab League, although pretending to support the Palestinian cause, have not only abandoned the Palestinians to face Zionist genocidal terror alone as if they were non-Arab foreign population, but also had covertly conspired against them and against any Arab organization or government that would support them.
They shared the Israeli first Prime Minister; Ben Gurion’s, false hope, who said that the “old [Palestinians] will die and the young will forget.” Yet the Palestinian successive new generations are still carrying the keys for their grandfather’s homes in Palestine, and are more aggressively fighting for their freedom and for their right of return.
Here follows a short history of the sins of some Arab leaders:
Saudi rulers: Their history started with Hussein ibn Ali Al-Hashemi, who was the Sharif (ruler) of Mecca in the Arabian Peninsula, who entered into agreement with the British, known as Hussein-McMahon Agreement, where he agreed to enter WWI on the British side and lead an Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire, in return Britain would help him establish a Pan-Arab State in the Middle East.
After the defeat of the Ottoman Empire Sharif Hussein discovered that Britain had betrayed him by entering into an agreement with France (Sykes-Picot agreement) in order to divide the region among themselves, and by Balfour Declaration promising Palestine to the Zionists.
Due to Hussein’s opposition to this betrayal the British supported and armed Abdul Aziz Al-Saud with his extremist Wahhabi militias, to topple Hussein in 1925 and to establish the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932. For the British support, Abdul Aziz wrote a letter to sir Percy Cox, the British High Commissioner, expressing his agreement to hand over Palestine to Zionist Jews. It is important to mention, here, that Al-Saud family is originally Jewish (Arabic source, English Source from the city of Isfahan, whose founding grandfather was called Mordechai bin Abraham bin Moshe Al-Donamy, who changed his name to Marikhan Al-Saud when immigrated to the Arabian Peninsula.
It has to be said that policies of the successive Saudi kings had the most drastic effects in spreading political chaos, divisions, hatred, wars, and destructions within the Arab states generally and the worst detrimental effect on Palestine specifically for the sole benefit of the Zionist Israeli project.
In 1945 King Abdul Aziz shifted allegiance from Britain to the USA; the main supporter to Israel. Although reports indicated that the Saudi king expressed his opposition to the Israeli project to President Roosevelt during their meeting on the USS Quincy destroyer, yet the secret Saudi Israeli intelligence cooperation and military collaboration continued as has been revealed many times lately.
This military collaboration, exposed by Foreign Affairs, was played in 1964 in Yemen during the North Yemen civil war when an Israeli military pilot; Aryeh Oz, conducted 14 airdrops of Saudi weapons to Yemeni royalists. Such military air collaboration is still going on today in the Yemeni theatre. Israeli air force planes were reported delivering Israeli weapons; missiles and other military equipment to Saudi Khamis Mushait base in Asir. Israeli officers were also reported killed by Yemeni’s Scud missiles targeting this base. During the present Saudi war against Yemen Israel, with the agreement of Saudi king, took this opportunity to test its tactical nuclear weapons and to help the Saudi king when in May 2015 Israeli military pilots dropped nukes on Sana’a, Yemen.
In 1966 the Saudi king Faisal bin Abdel Aziz sent a letter to the American president Lyndon Johnson urging him to push Israel to attack Egypt, Jordan, and Syria and to occupy Gaza, Sinai, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights, thus ending the Palestinian cause and disrupting Egyptian President Nasser’s plans to form an Arab Union. The king also urged Johnson to establish a Kurdish state in Iraq. This was a push towards the 6 days war in 1967.
Saudi Arabia had also provided military intelligence to Israel during its 2006 war in Lebanon. In 2014 it was reported that Saudi Arabia had financed most of Israel’s weapons build-up and paid $1 Billion for the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists. According to Panama Papers Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz helped finance the election campaign of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in 2015.
It is known to the whole world that Saudi Arabia partnered with Qatar, Turkey, Israel, and the US in creating, financing and arming all the terrorist groups; ISIS and its offshoots, to destroy Syria even before Qatar former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim’s confession.
Saudi anti-Arab posture in support to Israel was not exclusive to the ruling family. Saudi princes, businessmen, and clergy had many times expressed their support to Israel blaming Palestinian resistance and Intifadas.
The statements of Saudi billionaire Al-Walid bin Talal during an interview with the Kuwaiti paper “Alqabas” was just one example. Al-Walid expressed his support to Israel against the Palestinian Intifada and called for a Saudi Israeli coalition against what he called the Iranian threat.
The myth of the Iranian threat is being widely used by the Saudi, Israeli and American politicians, and media narratives in an attempt to divert attention from the real Israeli threat to the region. The Saudi Israeli political and military cooperation has come to the open and is been claimed as an example to follow for the rest of the Gulf States to face the Iranian threat.
As part of this Saudi Israeli military cooperation, the two countries formed a joint militia to control the Red Sea. Lately, Saudis are seeking to acquire Israeli Iron Dome missiles in an attempt to stop Yemeni rockets.
The Saudi treachery against Arabs and cooperation with the terrorist Israeli state would fill volumes. It has come recently to the open, and one needs only to follow the news to understand its depth.
Egyptian rulers: Saudi rulers are not the only Arab traitors. Egyptian rulers had also played the same role. Gamal Abdel-Nasser was the only genuine leader who pushed for Arab unity and supported the Palestinians. He created and supported the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) under the leadership of Yasir Arafat. Yet, he was betrayed and is suspected to be assassinated rather than dying of a heart attack.
After Nasser’s death (assassination) Muhammad Anwar el-Sadat became the president. Sadat got rid of all the influential Egyptian politicians by either forced retirement or by imprisonment and turned the Egyptian economy upside down by divorcing the Soviet Union and cozying up to the pro-Israel USA. Sadat is known for two accomplishments (sins); the 1973 October war and the peace treaty with Israel.
After the 6 Days War, the Suez Canal was closed against international traffic. This closure was costly for western corporations as well as for Egypt. The 1973 October War was Henry Kissinger’s (then the American Secretary of State) plan to fix this problem. This war was a conspiracy between Sadat and Kissinger in order to re-open the Suez Canal for business and to destroy the Syrian military forces (Alan Hart’s “Zionism, The Real Enemy of The Jews; Volume II). This conspiracy was also confirmed in a memo by Vladimir Vinogradov; the Soviet Ambassador in Cairo:
“Sadat entered into a conspiracy with the Israelis, betrayed his ally Syria, condemned the Syrian army to destruction and Damascus to bombardment, allowed General Sharon’s tanks to cross without hindrance to the western bank of the Suez Canal, and actually planned a defeat of the Egyptian troops in the October War.”
After the cease-fire, Sadat visited Israel giving a speech in the Knesset and entered into peace agreements that were culminated in 1979 with Camp David Accords providing free passage to Israeli ships through Suez Canal and recognizing the Strait of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba as international waterways. Such recognition, plus the Egyptian exit from the Israeli Arab conflict were great gains for Israel. With the Egyptian army neutralized the whole Israeli army was free to focus on the PLO in Lebanon that eventually led to the 1982 Israeli invasion and devastation of Lebanon.
In 1981 Sadat was assassinated and was succeeded by Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for 30 years. Besides being Egyptians, Mubarak’s family members are also British citizens. Besides his oppressive rule and theft of around $134 billion of Egyptian wealth, Mubarak was a good friend for Israel. He sold Israel Egyptian natural gas for a lot cheaper than the global market price. His wife; Suzanne Mubarak, received $300 million Israeli bribes in order to affect changes in the Egyptian educational curriculum, especially in historical and religious studies, to reflect a positive attitude towards Israel.
Mubarak instigated enmity against Palestinians especially in Gaza Strip, who used to be Egyptian citizens before 1967. When Israel enforced a siege against Gaza Strip in 2007, Mubarak joined Israel in the siege and closed Rafah Crossing; the only lifeline left for Gaza. Worse than that he constructed in 2009 an underground steel barrier on the Egyptian border with Gaza, and flooded Gaza’s food smuggling tunnels. As a mediator between Fatah and Hamas Mubarak actually sabotaged any possible compromise between the two parties.
Abdel Fattah El-Sisi became the Egyptian president in 2014. He is a Sephardi crypto-Jew; the; Malikah Titani, and the nephew of Uri Sabbagh; a member in David Ben Gurion’s political party. He was the only surviving Egyptian captain of the 1999 crash of EgyptAir 990 because he changed his flight plan at the last minute. There were 33 Egyptian military officers, including three Egyptian nuclear scientists, on the plane returning from military training in the US.
El-Sisi had accused Hamas of terrorism and tightened the siege against Gaza. He evacuated and destroyed the whole town of Rafah on the Gaza/Egypt border to create an 8 miles buffer zone to destroy Gaza tunnels and to choke and starve Gaza Palestinians.
He gave ownership of the two strategic islands; Sanafir and Tiran on the Red Sea, to Saudi Arabia, who in turn turned them to Israel. The two islands control the sea passage to ports of Aqaba in Jordan and Eilat in Israel. El-Sisi claims that Egypt is mediating Hamas/Fatah reconciliation talks for unification when the facts show that El-Sisi is actually sabotaging these reconciliation attempts to keep Palestinians divided.
After eliminating any real political opposition (former head of armed forces Sami Anan, human rights lawyer Khaled Ali, former prime minister Ahmed Shafik, and army colonel Ahmed Konsowa) El-Sisi won 2018 election with 97% of votes; a suspicious percentage used by previous Egyptian presidents as proof of popularity. Yet, voters’ turnout was only 41%. The election featured only one other candidate – himself an ardent El-Sisi supporter. Running against El-Sisi was Moussa Mustafa Moussa, chairman of the liberal El-Ghad Party, and an El-Sisi loyalist. Mousa was just a placeholder to give the election a democratic face.
Jordanian kings: In 1921 Trans-Jordan (Jordan) was carved out of the Ottoman Empire and became a British protectorate according to Sykes-Picot agreement. The British installed Abdullah bin Hussein bin Ali as the ruler with his tacit agreement and acceptance of the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. King Abdullah met several times with Golda Meier, then the representative of the Jewish Yishuv, and formed what was known as a Hashemite-Zionist Accord, according which the Zionist would occupy more Palestinian land that allotted to them by the Partition Plan, while Abdullah would grab the West Bank under his rule. This was done in 1948. On his way to pray in Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and then to meet some Israeli generals afterward, King Abdullah was assassinated by a nationalist Palestinian.
Hussein bin Talal; the grandson of King Abdullah, became king of Jordan in 1952 when he was still 17 years old. He was raised and educated under the pro-Israel British supervision. He was a graduate of the British Harrow School and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The salaries of his administration as well as his own salary were paid originally by the British government and later on by the successive American administrations. As an employee, he had to follow his employer’s orders.
Many successful diaspora Palestinians, who returned home to establish businesses/factories in the West Bank to improve the economy faced two major obstacles. First, they would not get licenses or permits for their businesses unless they establish the business in the East Bank of Jordan and mainly in the capital Amman. The second is that the fees for such a business license include an under-the-table large bribe or part ownership to ministers in charge. These indicate foreknowledge of the future Israeli occupation of the West Bank that took place in 1967.
I lived through the Six Days War. Contrary to the reports, Israeli, not Jordanian, army initiated the attack. My house overlooked the main battle for Jerusalem. On a high hill in my town, there was a Jordanian military base strategically overlooking the whole Jerusalem city. Before any shot was fired this military base was completely evacuated, and the military trucks drove to the East Bank on an old desert road south passing the city of Hebron. Few Palestinian soldiers defied the withdrawal orders and engaged the invading Israeli tanks on the opposite hill until they ran out of ammunition. Israeli warplanes saturated the area with napalm bombs.
After the war, I was told by a distant relative, who was a captain in the Jordanian army based in Amman, that his brigade was loaded unarmed in closed trucks and driven to Jericho to face the Israeli army. He was told that they would receive arms there. But no arms were delivered, and eventually, he ordered his troops to go home.
After March 1968 Karameh Battle when PLO fighters and the Jordanian army repelled an Israeli incursion against the town, the PLO grew in number and in arms. When in September 1970 the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked three passenger planes to a deserted Jordanian air field King Hussein came under American pressure to destroy PLO bases in Jordan. Using imported Israeli “uzi” machine guns the Jordanian army was able to destroy PLO bases and evict Arafat out of Jordan. This was known as Black September.
King Hussein conducted separate secret contacts with Israeli officials including Moshe Dayan, Yigal Alon, Yitzhak Rabin, and Golda Meier. He used to fly his own helicopter to Israeli-occupied Jerusalem or cross the border at Aqaba/Eilat ports for these meetings. Before October 1973 War he warned Golda Meier of the impending attack.
The present King Abdullah II is not better than his father nor his grandfather. With his salary being paid by the American administration Abdullah has to jump according to American orders. His kingdom has been a major conduit for Israeli products to the Arab World.
Jordan is working with Israel on the Two Seas Canal; known also as Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Conveyance, whose declared purpose is to save the Dead Sea from evaporation, while its long term concealed purpose is to be a preliminary water canal connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean through Occupied Palestine (Israel) to circumvent the Egyptian Suez Canal. The kingdom had announced on September 2016 that it will import gas (Palestinian stolen gas) from Israel for $10 Billion, despite Algiers’ offer to provide Jordan with all needed gas for much lower prices.
Worse than that is the Jordanian Israeli American military cooperation against Syria. Irbid; a Jordanian city adjacent to the southern Syrian border, had a military operation center that included Jordanian, Israeli and American military officers, who worked together training new ISIS recruits before entering the Syrian territory. Jordan had also sent 12 of its military captains to Israel on September 2016, where they met with Israeli military officials in the Israeli military academy in the city of Netanya according to Israeli Yede’ot Ahranot. Such Jordanian Israeli intelligence cooperation is still going on under the guise of fighting terrorist groups.
Palestinian leaders: Many consider Yasser Arafat as a Palestinian freedom fighter hero. Actually, he was the worst that had happened to the Palestinians. He accepted the Israeli occupation of Palestine and had virtually initialed his approval stamp on Balfour Declaration when he signed the Oslo Accord. Balfour gave a “promise” for a Jewish homeland, a land he had no right to promise, then Arafat fulfilled Balfour’s promise, and ignoring the rights of Palestinian landowners, he even gave Zionists more Palestinian land; the land he never had any right to give away.
One should have the courage to state clearly that Arafat was a corrupt military dictator. Since taking over the PLO in 1969 he insisted on having total control over all decisions and finance without any accountability. Although he was selected as the leader of the PLO through devious methods, Arafat was never officially elected/selected by Palestinians under Israeli occupation or in refugee camps to represent them. He had forced his representation on them.
Many would be surprised to learn that Arafat had long accepted the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and all that he wanted was a small part of it for Palestinians; a two-state solution. This was a solution that Palestinians would not originally accept, and Arafat had to gradually sell it to them.
In 1968 he came up with a political program for a democratic state of Palestine; one-state solution, where Jews and Arabs live together with equal rights. In February 1974 the Central Council of the PLO issued the “Working Paper” calling for Arab and international recognition of Palestinian right to “establish a national authority on any lands that can be wrested from Zionist occupation.” This is a two-state solution, yet without any stipulation about Jerusalem. (Alan Hart: “Arafat: Terrorist or Peacemaker?”)
Arafat was a lousy politician. He was not able to gain Jordanian love and respect that led his PLO to be kicked out of Jordan in 1970 Black September. Rather than learning from his Jordanian experience, he did the same mistake in Lebanon; a mistake led to his discharge from the country in 1982 civil war. Unlike the rest of Arab leaders, who distant themselves from Iraqi Saddam Hussein after his invasion of Kuwait in 1990, Arafat rushed to meet and to embrace him hoping for more financial support. Although the embrace is an Arab cultural greeting, yet it had cost Arafat the anger of Arab Gulf leaders and their financial aid.
Arafat’s worst mistake: most detrimental to Palestinians, was his signature on Oslo Accords in 1993. During the Arab/Israeli peace negotiations the Arab team was divided; each Arab country negotiated separately with Israel, leaving the Palestinian negotiating team in a weaker position. In his rush to achieve a political victory, Arafat circumvented the Palestinian negotiating team and signed the Oslo Accords without studying its deliberate contorted legal statements and its dangerous loopholes.
The Accords granted Israel full and unconditional recognition and right to exist on usurped Palestinian land but no promise for a Palestinian state, no recognition of UNSC resolutions 242 (Israeli withdrawal from 1967 occupied territories), no recognitions of UNSC resolution 194 (Palestinian right of return), no end to Israeli occupation, no freeze on Israeli illegal colonies (settlements), and no reparations for all the destroyed Palestinian towns and for all the Palestinian massacres perpetrated by Israel.
More dangerous than that was when Arafat labeled Palestinian struggle for freedom and independence as acts of terrorism and violence and pledged PLO’s commitment to protecting Israel’s security. In what is known as the “exchange of letters” between Arafat and Rabin, Arafat stated in his September 9th, 1993 letter that:
“The PLO recognizes the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security …. The PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility for the PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance to prevent violations and discipline violators …”
Trained by the American general Keith Dayton, the Palestinian security forces became Israel’s proxy police force suppressing Palestinian dissent and arresting many Palestinian activists. Arafat surrendered the fate of his Palestinian Authority and the fate of his people to Israeli whims when he agreed that Israel will function as the Palestinian tax-collecting agency before depositing money into PA’s accounts.
Despite all of his political concession to Israel Arafat was poisoned by polonium; a radioactive substance, to clear the way for a more agreeable and a more conciliatory dictator; Mahmoud Abbas.
Abbas is the worst Palestinian traitor. He conducted secret negotiations with the Israelis leading to the devastated Oslo Accords. Arafat did not trust him and initially denied him entry to the West Bank. Later, the US and Israel forced Abbas onto Arafat and onto the Palestinians in March 2003 as a prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority. A power struggle issued between Abbas and Arafat over the control of the Palestinian Security Services that led Abbas to resign 130 days later on September 2003.
After Arafat was “removed” in November 2004, and after the removal of better suitable successors such as Marwan Barghouti, who was imprisoned by Israel, Abbas won the planned fake presidential election in January 2005. He is still the president today even though his term had expired on January 2009.
Farouk Kaddoumi; a co-founder of Fatah and later Chairman of Fatah’s Central Committee, accused Abbas and Mohammed Dahlan; head of the Preventive Security Forces in Gaza at the time, of conspiring with Ariel Sharon to assassinate Arafat and other Palestinian officials (Arabic source).
He is also accused of conspiring with Israel in the assassination of Khalil al-Wazir; a military leader and cofounder of Fatah. Al-Wazir was assassinated by Israeli assassins in Tunis in April 1988. Abbas was living next door to al-Wazir and had ordered his guards not to save al-Wazir.
Abbas is a worse dictator than Arafat. He was welcomed by butcher Ariel Sharon in his speech to AIPAC, and by former Israeli cabinet minister; Efraim Sneh, who call him “the most courageous partner we have had.” As the president of Palestinian Authority, the Chairman of the PLO, and the Chairman of Fatah, Abbas controlled the three powers of legislative, judicial and executive, thus virtually controlling every aspect of Palestinian life; politically, security, financially, economically and even socially. He immediately got rid of Arafat’s old guards by either forced retirement or imprisonment.
Abbas and his two sons; Yasser and Tarek, were so corrupt stealing Palestinian money and monopolizing major businesses that led Fatah to lose the 2006 legislative elections to Hamas. Abbas, then, and Mohammed Dahlan planned the failed military insurrection in Gaza against Hamas that led to Palestinian division; Abbas in West Bank and Hamas in Gaza Strip.
Abbas’s policies are core-Zionist anti-Palestinian. He surrendered his right to the town of his birth; Safad. The Zionist colonies (settlements) in the West Bank and al-Quds had quadrupled from 230,000 occupiers in 2005 to more than 750,000 occupiers in 2018 without any serious objection by the PA. He considered “security cooperation” with Israel; protecting Israelis rather than Palestinians, a very SACRED matter in his own words, which led to suppression of all Palestinian dissent, the capture of many Palestinian resistant fighters, and imprisonment and torture of many Palestinian activists by Abbas’s security guards as reported by Arab Organization for Human Rights in the UK (AOHRUK). Abbas has turned Fatah from once self-claimed liberator to oppressor of Palestinians.
During his dictatorship, the Palestinian budget deficit skyrocketed to $15 billion in 2018. He forced early retirement and cut down employees’ salaries to almost 50% and eliminated many public jobs raising unemployment to 56%. He suppressed freedom of speech and issued cyber-crimes law to suppress electronic dissent. He withheld money and humanitarian aid due to Gaza Strip, and defended and supported Israeli wars against Gaza in 2008/9, in 2012 and in 2014.
The Palestinian peace negotiators continued their fruitless charade negotiation with Israelis giving up more land to Israel while gaining virtually nothing to a point where chief negotiator Saeb Erekat stated that they offered Israel the “biggest Yerushalayim in history.”
During his meeting with President Trump on September 20th. 2017 Abbas expressed his willingness to accept Trump’s peace deal (Deal of the Century), yet Trump announced after two months his administration’s plans to move the American embassy to al-Quds (Jerusalem) declaring the city the capital of Israel.
With Arab leaders like these how could Palestinians regain their homeland and their freedom, and how could Arabs unite into united Arab states under one administration? With leaders like these, who needs enemies?
Dr. Elias Akleh is an Arab-American from Palestinian descent. His family was evicted from Haifa, Palestine after the 1948 Nakba when Zionists stole his family’s property. Then the family was evicted again from the West Bank during the 1967 Naksah, after Zionists again, occupied the rest of Palestine.