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Israel’s footsteps in the Persian Gulf


The unjustifiable presence of Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni at the 8th Doha Forum for Democracy, Development, and Free Trade is a strange event that will have dangerous consequences for Persian Gulf security.

The Qatari Foreign Ministry officially invited the Zionist regime to attend the meeting, and on the sidelines of the forum Livni met Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabr al-Thani, and the foreign ministers of some Persian Gulf littoral countries.

This ominous presence is a prelude to the implementation of the plan of Israeli President Shimon Peres to penetrate into Arab countries’ markets.

In his “The New Middle East” plan, Peres suggests that by 2010, the Zionist regime should annually export about 17 billion dollars of goods and industrial products to the Persian Gulf littoral countries, but certain political and military incidents in the region have scuppered the plan.

Peres’s economic outline for the Middle East was exposed after the Zionist regime and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo Accords in 1993. Israel had sought to take advantage of the atmosphere created by the agreement to establish a presence in the markets of regional Arab states.

The Zionist Army’s defeat in the 33-day war against Lebanon, the Iraq crisis, the victory of Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary election, and the terrible incidents in Gaza delayed the plan, but Zionist regime leaders are still trying to gain a share of the lucrative Arab markets.

Israeli goods are currently bought and sold in Arab countries under European and U.S. trademarks, but breaking the taboo of buying Israeli commodities is one of the main goals of the Zionist economic strategy.

It seems that attending conferences held under the pretext of democracy and development is the best choice for Israel to achieve this malicious objective and normalize its relations with Persian Gulf Arab countries.

Of course, Qatar has the right to devise its own foreign policy, but the Zionist regime’s unjustified presence in the Persian Gulf threatens the security of this strategic region.

The Persian Gulf does not have only one shore such that regional Arab countries can attempt to enhance their security by handing over a segment of their territory to colonialist countries at their whim.

There are other countries on the other side of the gulf that consider the presence of foreign forces a threat to their national security.

The Qatari government’s decision to invite Israeli officials to openly attend the Persian Gulf forum while dozens of Palestinians are killed every day is a clear violation of the principle of cooperation and consensus among the countries on the two sides of the Persian Gulf.

Now many regional Arab nations, especially the Palestinians, might ask: What does the inhumane Zionist regime have to do with democracy?

Does Israel respect even the most basic human rights of the innocent Palestinian people?

Can the Zionist regime, with its dark record of genocide and war crimes, be used as a model for Arab democracy?

Ignoring their national and regional interests under the influence of the United States and the Zionist lobby, the Persian Gulf littoral states are trying to allow the Zionist regime to enter the Persian Gulf, and this is a very dangerous diplomatic move for these Arab states.

The adoption of such a policy at such a critical juncture will make the undemocratic systems of the Arab states even more shaky.

However, the citizens of Arab states are not politically, culturally, or psychologically prepared to accept the presence of the criminal Zionist regime.


The Egyptian people are an example of this. Three decades after establishing ties with the Zionist regime, Egyptians still regard Israel as their main enemy.

Even if the political taboo preventing Persian Gulf Arab states from establishing relations with the Zionist regime is broken, surely their citizens will resist such policies and will not allow the killers of Palestinian women and children to easily gain control of their destiny.

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