The Council of Muftis of Russia has criticized the Russian mass media, which partially cover events in Palestine: “We can see only one side of the conflict.” This is the position of Israel. In the meanwhile, at the conference on terrorism, in which foreign ministers of the countries belonging to Oraganization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) participated, Israel was declared “terrorist state.” According to the chairman of the conference, Malaysian Foreign Minister Said Hamid Albar, “a common approach should be chosen towards Israel and the world community must take measures thereupon.” Israel “does not defend itself from terrorist acts” but itself has invaded and occupied foreign territories, which causes a reciprocal reaction.
Unfortunately, in Arab world, there is no common position on Tel-Aviv’s policy, which could be seen at March summit of League of Arab States in Beirut.
An extraordinary sitting of the league will be held in Cairo on April 7. It is already known that foreign ministers of Syria and Lebanon will not participate as a protest against the nonfulfilment of the Beirut summit’s resolution, in particular of “demand to break relations to Israel and to recommence the boycott of Israel by Arab countries.” First of all, the protest is aimed against Egypt and Jordan’s policy, who do not intend to break off their peaceful agreements with Israel, Associated Press reports.
While Iranian spiritual leader, the Ayatollah Ali Homeni, following the Iraqi leadership, called on Arab states to introducing a symbolic month-long ban on oil supply to Western countries to stop supporting Israel in the Mideast conflict. Though, according to Reuters, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait refused and declined this idea.
In the meantime, a military report composed by four European militaries on situation in the Middle East discloses Israel’s plans about the escalation of confrontation and engaging Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and Jordan in a full-scale war. This is being reported by Islam.Ru, referring to the Saudi newspaper Al-Watan. In particular, as a pretext for the occupation of the south of Lebanon, Tel-Aviv could use the fact that Hezbollah is helping the Palestinians. According to military, the occupation of the south of Lebanon by Israel would strengthen its presence in the Golan Heights. At the moment, the Israeli Defence Ministry, together with US experts, are conducting air manoevers with F-16 aircraft and helicopters. Moreover, according to the military, the reestablishment of relations between Arab countries and Bagdad stimulates the US to delivering strikes against Iraq and stirs up Israeli's policy of aggression, which is afraid of possible military cooperation between Arab countries and Iraq.
“The Israeli position established on the roof of a pilgrim house belonging to Russian Orthodox Church in Bethlehem, the shelling of temples of the Holy Land, and the mad slaughter of teenagers, women and old men is not only violation of human rights and of international law, as European and Russian politicians gingerly say. Outrage upon sacred objects of the whole Christian civilization, trample of the fundamental right of a human being on protection in the own house and in the own land, loathsome mask of genocide – this is the essence of worldly known “butcher” Sharon, who leads the Jewish state. The historical hatred of Israeli occupants of Islamic and Christian sanctuaries has its origins, and it is broadly known and does not need to be explained… It is absurd and stupid to rely on the aggressor’s excuses, who rudely violates peace in the most highly explosive region of the Middle East,” – Russian columnist Sergei Lykoshin wrote in his article “Who is taken to aim at?” So, who will restrain Sharon?
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Translated by Vera Solovieva
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