This article from July 2014 on the Israel-Palestine conflict in wake of events in 2014 is being re-posted for posterity.
On Pakistan’s role in the conflict:
My opinion on this meme goes a little beyond its implications.
This Hameed Gul and Zia ul Haq meme suggests that Pakistan should dangle their 'nuclear asset threat.' This is what it implies. It asserts that had he been alive he would have done that. This is the crux of the Lal topi drama.
No. Pakistan should not get involved. Pakistan should be pragmatic; nuclear warheads are a massive responsibility, not assets. Nukes are a national moral human responsibility.
Pakistan should act as the most responsible nation. The way Pakistan armed forces and political leadership are of course behaving with total restraint without any reaction to the happenings in the Middle East is the right course of action. This is none of their concern. If any political statement would come out, it would have serious international repercussions for no obvious beneficial commercial reasons. That is what mature political leadership is all about. Has Mr. Modi issued any statement on Israel? He has refused to react and maintained silence. So has OIC so far.
Now let's take an unemotional look at what is the issue here - can Hamas win independence from Palestinians by burning Palestinian kids? What is the purpose of this nonsensical war? It is inequities of 2,500 years - are they going to be repaired by the blood of today's kids, how fair is it? My simple question is 'If you want to fire missiles why don't you make shelters too?’
Read your history and let me know which military leader has killed 25,000 Palestinians in one military action most mercilessly? Select one:
1. Moshe Dayan
3. Benjamin Nethanyahu
4. King Hussein/Zia ul Haq
No one has killed Palestinians more mercilessly than Muslims themselves. So much for the Palestinian cause. But every Muslim will keep mum on these crimes of history.
Black September was a great example of how the Arab nations despise the Palestinians, and their support of them only goes as far as to encourage and help the Palestinians to kill Jews. Palestinians were about to overthrow King Hussein; they had become a state within a state.
Why did the War happen?
The Jordanian civil war of September 1970, also known in the Arab world as Black September, was an attempt by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the more radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to topple Jordanian King Hussein and seize control of the country.
Promise of Hell: George Habash, the PFLP leader, promised that "we will turn the Middle East into a hell," while Arafat invoked the battle of Marathon in 490 BC and vowed, before a cheering crowd of 25,000 in Amman on July 31, 1970, that "We will liberate our land."
Between Sept. 6 and Sept. 9, Habash's militants hijacked five planes, blew up one, and diverted three others to a desert strip in Jordan called Dawson field, where they blew up the planes on Sept. 12.
Rather than receiving the support of King Hussein, the Palestinian hijackers were surrounded by units of the Jordanian military. Even though Arafat worked for the release of the hostages, he also turned his PLO militants loose on the Jordanian monarchy. A bloodbath ensued.
In 1970, some two-thirds of the Jordanian population was Palestinian. The Jordanian king had not been keen to fight the 1967 war, nor was he eager to keep letting Palestinians attack Israel from his territory, or from the West Bank, which had been under Jordanian control until Israel occupied it in 1967. King Hussein had maintained secret, cordial relations with Israel through the 1950s and 60s. Jordanian army and Palestinian militias led by the PLO fought several bloody battles in the summer of 1970, most violently during the week of June 9 to 16, when 1,000 people were killed or wounded. (Reference facts: The Economist)
King Hussein with the help from Zia-ul-Haq sent in his Bedouin army on 27 September to clear out the Palestinian bases in Jordan. A massacre of innumerable proportions ensued. Three times between June 9 and Sept. 1, Hussein escapes assassination attempts, the third time as would-be assassins open fire on his motorcade while he drove to Amman airport to meet his daughter Alia, who was returning from Cairo.
Up to 25,000 Palestinian militants and civilians were killed, the parts of Palestinian towns and refugee camps, where the PLO had amassed weapons were leveled, the PLO leadership decimated, and between 50,000 and 100,000 people were left homeless. Arab regimes criticized Hussein for what they called "overkill."
Before the war, Palestinians had run a state-within-a-state in Jordan headquartered in Amman. Their militias ruled the streets and imposed brutal and arbitrary discipline with impunity. Hussein ended the Palestinians' reign under the command of Zia. The PLO was thrown out of Jordan, Moshe Dayan noted that Hussein/Zia "killed more Palestinians in eleven days than Israel could kill in twenty years." Dayan was right in spirit, but it is the case that anyone can match the brutality of Black September nearly 25,000 were killed indiscriminately.
Many of these refugees living in squalid conditions in Lebanon were uprooted militarily by King Hussein who declared martial law on Sept 15th. The next day, Jordanian tanks (the 60th Armored Brigade) attacked the headquarters of Palestinian organizations in Amman; the army also attacked camps in Irbid, Salt, Sweileh, Baq'aa, Wehdat and Zarqa. Then the head of Pakistani training mission to Jordan, Brigadier Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (later Chief of Army Staff and President of Pakistan), took command of the 2nd division. In addition, the Iraqi army in Jordan after 1967 war serving as a reserve forces supported the Jordanian army. Zia was awarded Jordan's highest honour for the services rendered.
On Sept. 25, 1970, Hussein and the PLO sign a cease-fire mediated by Arab nations. The PLO temporarily maintained control over three towns--Irbid, Ramtha and Jarash, as well as Dawson Field, or Revolution Field, as the PLO termed it, where the hijacked planes had been blown up. But the PLO's last stand was short-lived. Arafat and the PLO were expelled from Jordan by early 1971. They were exiled to Lebanon, where they proceeded to create a similar state-within-a-state, weaponizing a dozen Palestinian refugee camps around Beirut and in South Lebanon, and destabilizing the Lebanese government as they had the Jordanian and playing a leading role in two wars---the 1973 war between the Lebanese army and the PLO, and the 1975-1990 civil war, in which the PLO fought alongside leftist Muslim militias against Christian militias. The PLO was expelled from Lebanon following Israel's 1982 invasion, where Sharon dealt with them (Ref: about.com)
Palestinians should learn from their mistakes, they should not be used by Hamas like a political carrot. Mistakes of history cannot be corrected by kidnapping three kids when odds are stacked so much against you; let President Abbas’s political process start. This ritualistic killing is disastrous for the Palestinians; it takes a huge toll, it does not solve the problem in any way. It started with a reason, take that reason out that is my point. Arabs and Muslims at large have not been fair to them. You can see that.
Reproduction of the discussion that ensued following the post:
AR: well then, let Israel keep killing Palestinians. Hamas denied killing the 3 Israelis, so far Israel killed more than 170 Palestinians, that's 56.7 Palestinian per Israeli.
Iqbal: Why did Hamas started firing their poop missiles when they arrested 18 culprits?
Hamas has fired nearly 15,000 missiles, unfortunately they don't work. Every missile Israel fires Hamas fires unguided 25 not targeted, they even announce the targeted house.
Yes, when you exchange prisoners at the ratio of 1:1200 you cheapen your own populace; you should not have this disproportionate exchange too. Maintain one-to-one exchange, respect your prisoners and your people.
AR: I don't know ,Why did the french resistance fire at the Nazis?
Iqbal: French resistance had 'Vichy' too. Until a joint huge 'Normandy' came, nothing happened Sir. Maybe if Israel did not have such extraordinary superiority in weapons and the Simpson option, the Arab Normandy would be possible, but Arab Normandy's ended up in 1947 to 1967 to 1973 in utter disasters. More land was lost. All the wars were lost. So what can these poor Palestinian kids do? Should they be the canon-fodder of tall egos of these Hamas misguided megalomaniac leadership?
AR: so we shouldn't blame Israel for killing the Palestinians ?
Iqbal: "Destiny caresses the few, but molests the many, and finally every sheep will hang by its own foot on the butcher's hook, just as every grain of wheat arrives at the millstone, no matter where it grew."
Sir, read ' Birds without wings'
We should be mature enough to save our children from this indiscriminate ritualistic death first. We know our options. Why should we put them on the roof tops? We know that history has mistreated us, we have been victims and perpetrators, now at this juncture we should do a favour and save and make our nation laureate like the Israelis have done, they who were roaming Nomads became the most powerful. Let's learn from their experiences and turn ourselves into a power to reckon with by educating and living next door and seeing our strengths as education and knowledge and peace; let's get their best instead of their missiles and venom. They are benevolent too; they have given the world the best in science and culture; let's be friends and make our children friends of their children. After 100 Noble laureates in Palestine, one day we will look back and see what a great road we had chosen instead of death.
Karatuvak was excited. 'Teach me reading and writing. Teach me those other things, that adding up and taking away stuff.' Mehmetcik replies ' But your school is nicer than ours,' 'I want reading and writing said Karatuvak, 'You Christians are always richer than us, and my father says it's all because of reading and writing and adding up and taking away, and that's why you're so good at deceiving us, and he says that we Muslim only learn what we need to go to paradise, which all that matters in the end, but you Christians get all the advantages on the earth because you learn about all the other things as well, I want those other things too.'
(Karatuvak was so right about learning 'those things').
AK: Let me summed up by saying that we are not saying palestinian should not fight against israel but first prepare yourself to do so, Equip and strengthen u people still have miles to go to compete with israel. Believe me no one will fight for. It is you who have to do it.
Iqbal: They would not need to fight; unlike Hamas leadership’s game of death, they need to follow the example of Salam Fayyad, who took over as acting prime minister shortly after the split between the West Bank and Gaza when Hamas took over Gaza after a bloody battle of Gaza, also referred to as Hamas' takeover of Gaza, it was a short military conflict after Fatah lost the parliamentary elections of 2006. Hamas fighters took control of the Gaza Strip between Fatah and Hamas, that took place in the Gaza Strip between 10 and 15 June 2007. The ICRC estimated that at least 118 people were killed and more than 550 wounded during the fighting in the week up to June 15.
“These attacks by both Hamas and Fatah constitute brutal assaults on the most fundamental humanitarian principles. The murder of civilians not engaged in hostilities and the willful killing of captives are war crimes, pure and simple.” Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director for Human Rights Watch
A former Israeli Knesset member, Yossi Sarid, summed it up in a tongue and cheek article in Haaretz titled: "Why is Salam Fayyad Israel's public enemy number one", in which he argued that the Palestinian prime minister is killing Israel with his moderation.
Salam Fayyad, has worked hard at making education one of his government's top priorities. The Fayyad administration made sure that resources were made available to reduce overcrowding, by taking on an ambitious construction programme. Tens of new schools and hundreds of new classrooms were built in a short period of time.'
MAB: Truth is not easy to ascertain. Yasir Arafat was not straight forward person, to say the least. He realized that Israel is too powerful to carve out Palestinian state out of it; he instead planned to topple King Hussein, the weakest link, and establish a kingdom for himself in Jordan. No government, any where in the world, will ever tolerate what he and his followers were doing in Jordan at that time. Arab hate for Palestinians is not completely unfounded. Palestinians also are not fond of Arabs. Mostly they are crafty. Don't forget that they were the vision-less ones who kept selling their lands to Jews in return of exorbitant prices out of greed. Out my experience of 27 year stay in Arab world, I assure you that Palestinians do not love Pakistan either. Yasir Arafat was a big friend of India. Never once in his lifetime, he uttered a single word for Kashmir cause. Notwithstanding all this, nothing can justify what Israel is doing in Gaza
Iqbal: A kidnapping that went horribly wrong. It was politically motivated. Six months down the line Hamas had an eye on the Palestinian elections; they wanted their prisoners out and the best way was through kidnapping and exchange. The deal they negotiated was 1 Israeli for 1027 Palestinians, the man who has established this formula is no less a person than Khaled Meshal himself.
Three kidnapped kids meant three thousand men freed.
It is not so simple; nothing is simple in ME politics. They should put children in shelters when the 'beast' is attacking, not on roof tops. Come on, to use children as 'photo op' is a crime they commit brazenly, why?
So please stop portraying Hamas as innocent victims. They manipulate. Why are they storing missiles in mosques and civilian places? If they are firing missiles, thousands of them, they should also expect retaliation. They should build shelters, not rooftop photo-op sessions!
They are not going to win from this, only more kids will die, every drop of blood wasted in Gaza is the responsibility of Hamas. This war is a 'war of sensationalism and war of terror' and a war fought for social media and FB where the real legitimate cause of Palestine has been hijacked by a radical Hamas.
They want rivers children's blood flowing everyday. They have so far fired 15,600 unguided missiles in the last ten years. The only difference is that the 'beast' have a 60-second warning system; the 'beast' instead of asking his children to stay on roof tops asks them to hide in a shelter, so they have far fewer or less causalities. They protect their children, Hamas puts theirs in harm’s way. And Muslims get upset why Yahuds are not getting killed with their 15,000-plus missiles! No one talks about the unguided missiles fired which are 15 to 1 in favour of Hamas but casualties are reversed because of Hamas’s criminality of no civil defence!
My point is that war is madness and in madness 'dogs become rabid.' I am not condoning anyone here, Hamas can fire as many missiles they want to their heart’s delight but let them build their shelters too, and bring their warning systems in, so that their women and children are not hurt, and they should not use their mosque and hospital as combatant places. I hold Hamas fully responsible for war crimes to intentionally hurt their innocent children and civilians. This is callousness and a suicide pact. Hamas is committing a double war crime and we are participating in it by not condemning it.
Where is the West Bank legitimate Government of Palestine, why are they not part of this struggle? They know it Hamas is wrong here. West Bank are building schools and trying to find a possible co-governance with Hamas in Gaza where these very people in 2007 in a coup overthrew the PLA.
Zia accepted weapons from Mossad, Israel’s intelligence, to send to Afghanistan, allegedly joking with the Israelis, “just don’t put any Stars of David on the boxes.”
If Hamas had nukes like Israel they would nuke Israel with their unguided missiles without any remorse. If ISIS gets hold of one, they will nuke Tehran without any remorse. This is how sick they are, though strangely enough Hamas is supported by Iran and Syria; ISIS hates Iran and Saudis both as they are the new khawarijis and they are locked in with the struggle to oust Assad and Maliki. The triangle of hate is so convoluted and complex.
Sadly, violence is in the blood of Hamas. Brown teaches humanism exactly and Deoband and Akora Khattak and New Town Mosque teaches the likes of mullah Omar. I want Gaza to have a Campus of Brown and Harvard. Gaza Strip is the capital of old philistine, it has the capacity to become the centre of Egypt and Jordanian economy, it had those attractions historically. It was destroyed by invaders. This land on the Mediterranean can become a great place if it now decides a peaceful coexistence exactly, not exacting revenge from the present generation for the mistakes made by their ancestors.
Unfortunately, Hamas’s is only an invitation to a self-ignited genocidal frontal attack after the slightest provocation. It serves no purpose, the old wounds and scars inflicted on the body of this hallowed land can only be corrected with two sides being fair to each other, with two religions playing central roles; that fairness is out of the question. Gaza has a history of 4,000 years; make it the great place it used to be once again. Make this 500 sq mile squalid piece now a bustling land of Arab business, the heart of 'Middle East of peace' instead of the 'valley of death' it is. There is no other option.
Monday morning quarterbacking of all those people who benefit from Jewish philanthropy should stop. After all his bloody acrobatics Arafat had to sign a peace deal with Rabin and Saadat with Begin.
Gazans need a decade or rather decades of a great leap forward, not silly bombs. hey need in Gaza someone pragmatic like Sheikh Mohammad. They need to make Gaza like Dubai; or a Monty Carlo - a tax haven, or a Beirut. Why not? And Israel will be more than happy to help.
This is the road forward. Not poop missiles and kidnapping and gangsterism of thugs, you all call it a Palestinian Islamic struggle and I call it stripping the remaining honor of the Palestinians. Pray for them the way you pray for your own please! I pray for Gazans day and night and I hope they will get the best in the world.