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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
MEMRI: Saudi Researcher Abdelhameed Hakeem: I Visited Jerusalem; Israeli Society Wants Peace

MEMRI: December 18, 2017 Clip No. 6350
Saudi Researcher Abdelhameed Hakeem: I Visited Jerusalem; Israeli Society
Wants Peace
https://www.memri.org/tv/saudi-researcher-i-visited-jerusalem-israeli-society-wants-peace

Abdelhameed Hakeem, General Manager of the Jeddah-based Middle East Center
for Strategic and Legal Studies, talked about his visit to Ramallah and
Jerusalem, in which he met Israeli dignitaries and peace activists, and said
that "we agreed that the missing link is the absence of trust" and that
"there will never be trust without dialogue." Speaking on BBC Arabic on
December 18, he said that political Shiite Islam was "peddling the blood"
shed in Gaza for the sake of Iran's political gains. "This is a false
victory gained over the dead bodies of the Palestinians," he said.

Host: "Who do you consider to be the greater enemy of Saudi Arabia today –
Iran or Israel?"

Abdelhameed Hakeem: "Good evening. Saudi Arabia has adopted a resolute
policy to restore the Arab role in the region, and to confront the Nazi
policies of the Iranian regime, which has torched the region, using
political Shiite Islam and sectarianism to infiltrate the fabric of Arab
societies, turning them into arenas ripe for civil war.

[...]

"I visited Ramallah and Jerusalem, and I met with the former Israeli deputy
foreign minister, as well as with Knesset members, and members of the
Combatants for Peace NGO in Israel. Their goal is to achieve peace. We
agreed that the missing link is the absence of trust. There will never be
trust without dialogue. Israeli society wants peace... Just a moment, let me
finish... Israeli society is the only one in the region where citizens can
exert pressure for peace on the political decision-makers, by means of the
ballot box, if they become convinced that peace will give them legitimacy
and security.

[...]

"When I visited Ramallah and the West Bank, I saw the wretched lives of the
Palestinians. We must stop peddling a false victory in Gaza. What is
happening now... The blood that has been shed in Gaza is being peddled by
political Shiite Islam for the sake of the political gains of Iran. This is
a false victory gained over the dead bodies of the Palestinians."
...

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