The text that will be read below, published by MEMRI, illustrates the revolution we are currently witnessing in relations between Israel and the Arab world. Under the incredulous eyes of Europe, which constitutes today, as Caroline Glick recently reminded, the main enemy of Israel on the international scene, a significant part of the Arab-Muslim world - consisting mainly of Saudi Arabia and some countries of the moderate Sunni camp - is moving closer to Israel, to fight against the threat of the Iranian axis (which also includes Hamas and Hezbollah).
This rapprochement, however, is not purely circumstantial, because it is also based on the understanding that the long-term interests of the Muslim world are to make peace with Israel.
But, this is all the interest and the radical novelty of the text that will be read below, this peace does not rest on the fallacious equation "peace against the territories" and on the renunciation of Israel to its identity and sovereignty, as promoted for decades by the proponents of rapprochement with the PLO and the Palestinian anti-Jewish Authority. True peace, on the contrary, rests on the recognition by Arab countries of Jewish identity and Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem and on his historic homeland (Judea and Samaria).
Reading the text of Abdelmahid Hakim, we see that his analysis is truly revolutionary (it participates in the "Copernican revolution" in the Middle East, to use Michel Gurfinkiel's expression), and that it contradicts that of the leading representatives of the Israeli and Jewish left.
The latter, as we know, denounced the recognition by US President Donald Trump of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (see in particular the positions taken byAlain Finkielkraut, from Frédéric Encel, or that of Denis Charbit, to cite only French-speaking examples.
See as well the analysis of Freddy Eytan on the theme of leftist Israeli intellectuals). Donald Trump's statement and the political developments that preceded it in the region not only upset the Middle East geopolitical balance, redrawing the boundaries between an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish camp led by Iran and its allies and Europe on the one hand, and a Sunni moderate camp allied with Israel and the United States on the other.
They have also seen a cleavage within the Jewish world, between Jews loyal to Jerusalem and members of a lost Jewish "left", nostalgic of Obama, who prefers to be wrong with Abbas and Macron than to be right with Trump and Netanyahu ...
Under these circumstances, it can legitimately be argued that moderate Arab intellectuals and leaders, such as Abdelhamid Hakim or Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, are now more Zionist than many Jews.
Because, as in the days of Hanukkah, the current "Hellenizing Jews", seduced by the dominant European culture, prefer to forget Jerusalem and ally themselves with the enemies of the Jewish people. There is "nothing new under the sun," as King Solomon said.
Saudi researcher Abdelhamid Hakim: Jerusalem as an Israeli capital with Palestinian management of Muslim holy places is a chance for peace; the Arabs must change their anti-Jewish mentality. Saudi researcher Abdelhamid Hakim, director general of the Center for Strategic and Legal Studies of the Middle East based in Jeddah, said the Arabs must recognize that Jerusalem is "as holy for Jews as Mecca and Medina are for Muslims" ". Speaking on the Al-Hurra TV channel, Hakim said Israel is "the product of the historical right of Jews in the region."
Regarding US President Trump's recent statement on Jerusalem, Hakim said it could contain a chance for peace, if Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and if the Palestinians were receiving the management of Muslim holy places.
He suggested that Saudi Arabia could help the Palestinians in this task, and called on the Arabs not to miss this opportunity, as they have done many times in the past. Hakim also called on Arabs to change their culture of hatred toward Jews, which dominates their school curricula and Islamic Chairs. The interview was broadcast on December 15, 2017. Excerpts:
Abdelhamid Hakim: We must understand and recognize that Jerusalem is a religious symbol for Jews, and that it is as holy to them as Mecca and Medina are for Muslims.
Therefore, the Arab mentality must be freed from the Nasserist heritage, and from the legacy of political Islam - both Sunni and Shiite - which, for purely political reasons, have sown the culture of hatred towards Jews and denial of their historical rights in the region. [...]
Jews are an integral part of the history of this region, and Israel is the product of the historical rights of Jews in the region. If we meet the Israeli negotiators, considering them as partners in the history of this region - be they leaders, peoples or intellectual elites - this will make things easier and bring some flexibility to the peace process .
As for Jerusalem, I think we have to be realistic and adapt to the new political reality of the region. If Palestinian negotiators, supported by the Arabs, manage to obtain only part of East Jerusalem, and if the holy places are placed under Palestinian administration - I think this will be the biggest political gain that Israeli negotiators [sic] can realize today.
We must learn from our history to make the right decision. During the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Arabs missed many opportunities. [...]
The Arabs have missed opportunities - since 1956, when the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser took matters into their own hands ... They lost the opportunity to have a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Jerusalem. When Habib Bourguiba presented his peace initiative, under the slogan "Take [what you can] and ask [the rest later]", he was called a traitor and his initiative was rejected.
When President Sadat launched the peace process, he too was considered a traitor. Gamal Abdel Nasser used the Arab-Israeli conflict as a means to legitimize his dictatorship in Egypt, and as a weapon to fight his rivals in the region. Political Islam, though totally in disagreement with the Nasserist regimes, agreed on one point: to make peace a crime. [...]
When Saudi Arabia launched the Arab peace initiative, it was unfortunately scorned. I think that Trump's decision contains a chance for peace, but that Palestinians must join their ranks and make decisions within the Palestinian framework. [...]
When I visited Ramallah, I spoke to people at a Palestinian research center. I told them: You do not know how to talk to Israeli citizens. Your rhetoric does not convince Israeli citizens that peace will give them legitimacy and security in the region. Israelis feel the culture of hatred among their neighbors.
It started with Gamal Abdel Nasser, who said that we will throw the Jews into the sea, and that continues to this day - in school curricula, from mosque chairs and in cultural symposiums. The culture of hatred towards Jews is deeply rooted in our Arab world. [...]
If we Arabs really want to find a solution, we must do our [conscience] examination and lead an ideological revolution in the way we treat Jews. Jews are an integral part of the region ... Human lives are more dear to Allah than earth.
If we Arabs really want to find a solution, we must do our [conscience] examination and lead an ideological revolution in the way we treat Jews. We should believe that Jews are an integral part of the region, and that peace is the best way to free the region from decades of conflict that has depleted the region and depleted its resources. [...]
My proposal is that Saudi Arabia, as a country endowed with substantial economic resources, and as a country with significant historical experience in the management of holy places, can help manage the holy places [in Jerusalem], if we let us place the holy places under Palestinian administration, while Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel.
If we manage to get there, I think it will be a political gain for the Palestinian struggle, and in return there will be a Palestinian state, and the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza, Ramallah and the refugee camps. foreigners will end. My opinion is that human lives are more dear to Allah than earth.