‘Amir vows to keep storm away’
‘GCC love, harmony to be restored’
“CERTAINLY, HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad has expressed our emotions as citizens of the Gulf states when he talked about the unprecedented bitterness and crisis which currently faces the ‘Gulf House’,” columnist, former Kuwait envoy to the United Nations and former secretary general of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Abdullah Bishara wrote for Al-Qabas daily.
“However, the Amir has emphasized he will not give up his historical responsibility to end the current GCC crisis and restore the love and harmony and the Gulf citizens because the GCC is the sole authority which can contain the differences that may surface within this regional organization.
“Likewise, the Amir has confirmed his determination to contain the GCC crisis with support from various Gulf, Arab, regional and international parties to his good offices.
“HH the Amir has also diagnosed the strong historical bonds that link the GCC countries and talked about the blessed march of this council and the significant achievements realized by it to meet the targeted objectives of the peoples in the Gulf region.
“In this context, we say HH the Amir will sincerely handle the painful issues which surface in the region from time to time and this was evident through his recent statement over the GCC current crisis in which he reflected the emotions of the people in this part of the world towards this crisis and this reflects in turn the belief of HH the Amir in the GCC objectives. He is convinced that this council has the ability to achieve its targets which are contained in its Basic Law and Charter.
“In this context, we recall how HH the Amir throughout his political march visited various world capitals to promote the objectives and the characteristics of the Gulf Cooperation Council because he knows the ins and outs of this council from the very beginning of its foundation.
“I narrate this fact in my capacity as GCC secretarygeneral for twelve years during which I listened carefully to the advices given by one of the GCC founding leaders because this founder was always convinced about the ability of the GCC to protect the heritage and achievements of member states.
“In this connection, we say thirty-six years have passed since the foundation of the Gulf Cooperation Council during which this council has managed to ingrain stability and cooperation among member states to such an extent the entire world is convinced that this council can play an effective role in performing its duties and boosting humanitarian partnerships to serve the developmental issues in the world. This is in addition to its keenness to defend the interests of the needy people on our planet.
“Given the above, we have observed how the entire world is concerned about the current GCC differences. As a matter of fact many countries are surprised at the extent of these differences and accusations hurled at each other.
“Some countries wonder how the GCC states failed to keep abreast with the wisdom of the GCC founding leaders as a result of which delegations from various countries visited the region to put an end to these differences motivated by their realization of the sensitivity of the region and its reflections on the member states, Europe and the entire world.
“As a matter of fact, the people of the Gulf region have a vital commodity without which the world cannot survive and the world is satisfied with the ability of the Gulf officials to manage the oil because these officials have proved they are balanced in dealing with various issues and none of them have been striving to promote the ideas of destruction and sabotage.
“In other words, these officials have proved they are keener than the others in terms of maintaining the world order of stability and boom. Not just that these officials have practically proved their loyalty and sincerity to the development of humanity.
“Of course, it is natural to see among the GCC member states various opinions when dealing with some issues, but it is needless to say differences may surface among them but boycotting a member state cannot be justified.
“In this context, the late King Fahd Bin Abdulaziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia had said we may be at odds with each other and this is natural, but certainly the differences should be settled through appropriate channels without hue and cry.
“Certainly, the world reserves the right to move towards the Gulf region, because this part of the world is geologically exceptional and that enables it to control the development everywhere.
“Hence, we say that the effort made recently by HH the Amir is legitimate and we hope His Highness shall go ahead and make use of his good offices to surmount the current differences among the GCC members and keep the storm away from Gulf House with his historical wisdom.”
“What we currently see in our ‘Gulf House’ represented by the visits and shuttle trips made to some Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States by Western foreign ministers to settle the differences among some of the GCC members is because of the keenness of the Western countries to protect their interests in the region and not for the sake of protecting our unity,” columnist Dr Salem Ibrahim Al-Sbaiei wrote for Al-Anba daily.
“It is needless to say these Western officials are seriously striving to protect their economic interests in the Gulf region and prevent making it as a weapon in the hands of one party against the other.
“In this context, we recollect how the Western oil firms at the beginning of the 1950s punished the then Iranian prime minister Dr Mohammad Musaddaq because the latter was striving to nationalize the Iranian oil.
“Such being the case, we suggest the current Gulf crisis can be settled only through the efforts exerted by the GCC peoples for the sake of unity in this part of the world. In the meantime, we as peoples have to attach hopes to our GCC leaders and their ability to deal with the current crisis.
“In this context, we commend the efforts exerted by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad — the efforts which have been appreciated by the entire world in general and the GCC leaders in particular in view of the love and appreciation harbored by these leaders to HH the Amir for they are dealing with him as father, uncle and brother.
“Given the above, we expect all obstructions and obstacles which currently impede the reconciliation to vanish in view of the efforts exerted by HH the Amir which are appreciated by all GCC leaders motivated by their feeling that the fraternal and historical bonds which currently link them will be enough to settle their differences.
“Such being the case, we would like to call on all GCC members to abide by their fraternity, because nobody can strengthen their bonds of unity more than their brothers and as such they should not rely on others to settle their differences as long as their brothers are ready to shoulder their responsibilities in this connection.
“In conclusion, we look at how Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was always urging us to strengthen our fraternal bonds. Through his Hadith he encouraged us to help each other in weal and woe.”
“The historical precedent that occurred last week by the closure of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli occupation forces and preventing the Muslims from praying is a step Israel would have not taken if it had not been satisfied with the state of weakness in the Arab-Islamic world,” columnist Nasser Al-Mutairi wrote for Annahar daily.
“The Arab/Muslim weaknesses have afflicted the Arab nation, which is preoccupied with its problems and sectarian conflicts.
“Three years ago, specifically in April 2014, the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, said: ‘The Arab feelings of anti-Israel have receded’. He boasted of being in contact with the Arab and Gulf ‘moderates’.
“Can you believe Lieberman’s statement in our political reality today? And how did the Arab hostility towards Israel recede? The most important question is: Has the Gulf normalization process begun with Israel through what we are following in the form of the introduction of soft political steps?
“We are following these arguments as we follow the debate around us where opinions are divided between the majority against normalization and consider it a great betrayal of our principles and the blood of the martyrs and Islamic sanctities, and a minority that looks at the reality and political interests and the regional transformations and balances of power in the region, calling for acceptance of normalization with Israel.
“There is no doubt that we are facing major changes in the concept of the enemy in the Arab mindset, and the next scene in the Middle East is clearly exposed.”
“In light of the suffering of the Palestinians these days, the tyranny of the Zionists has crossed all limits. To add insult to injury, the Arabs have remained largely silent and all that they seem to be doing is issuing statements to denounce the Israeli brutalities because that is the only weapon they have,” columnist Abdul Rahman Al Awwad wrote for Al-Sabah daily.
“However, we have to praise the courage and boldness of the Speaker of the National Assembly, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, who said in full clarity that the continuation of the Zionist actions followed by the closure of the AlAqsa Mosque and the continuation of repressive practices in Jerusalem and the rest of the occupied territories should not be tolerated in spite of all the arguments and theories that prevail in the Arab silence.
“Al-Ghanim was point blank in his attitude, especially as it coincides with what our brothers in Palestine are subjected to — repression and the accompanying attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque which led to the closure of the mosque in front of the worshippers. He has applied the medicine on the wound and balm for the pain.
“The Speaker of the National Assembly, who is known for his boldness, has emphasized that the nation, with its masses and elite, and its deep and historical conscience, are capable of creating a sweeping public opinion at the regional and international levels to put pressure on the Israeli enemy and this is the moral responsibility of every Arab and Muslim towards the Palestinian cause to protect the sanctity of Islam.”
“DAESH lost most of the areas it captured in Syria and Iraq over the last few years through fierce battles waged by the armed forces of the two countries supported by friendly nations,” columnist Hamad Saleh AlQattan wrote for Annahar daily.
“We have to think of an answer to the following questions. Do we have any idea what the terrorist group may do considering the level of support they receive from countries scheming against the Arab and Muslim countries? Will the dirty plan aimed at dividing Arab and Muslim States fizzle out, and the continuous defeats of DAESH force the haughty power to stop the conspiracy or they will search a new method in order to fulfill their plans?
“Looking at history, we have come to understand the way of thinking of the evil power that encouraged the war against Iran using the criminal regime of Saddam Hussein when it realized in 1980 that Islamist regime may affect their interests in the Middle East. With the help of the evil power, the call for nationalism has become common among Arabs and Muslims — although it contradicts the principles of Islam that make no discrimination among the people based on their nations or origins.
“This principle led most Arab leaders to support Saddam Hussein in his war against Iran. Eventually, the eight-year war ended with a ceasefire, without victor. The war ended while economic crises emerged. Iraq then asked Kuwait to make a payment to compensate for its loss, and when she refused, Saddam invaded Kuwait in 1990. We endured horrible conditions under the 7-month Iraqi occupation until the country’s liberation.
“Today, history repeats itself with DAESH facing bitter defeat just like Saddam Hussein experienced. We may conclude that a rich nation will be forced to pay the ‘ransom’ submissively or face invasion as observed in Kuwait in 1990.
“The current economic situation is different from those of 1990s. At the moment, the countries are webbed together by complex nets extending beyond economic interests. This will oblige Europe and America to think twice before taking any step that may lead to outstanding economic losses, seeing politics is always affected by economy.”
“We are all pained by the repercussions of the ongoing Gulf crisis, especially with more players getting involved in finding solutions. The ground is unable to accommodate all of them due to which complexity arises and becomes the dominant factor in the entire crisis. This was exactly what we were afraid of,” Mesfir AlNayees wrote for Al-Rai daily.
“As the rift continues among the GCC member states with increased involvement in it by Iran, Turkey and United States of America, finding solutions seems to be a difficult task. Nevertheless, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah continues to strive and exert efforts on which many are betting to succeed in reuniting the Gulf house. However, each and every concerned party needs to compromise in order to achieve a breakthrough.
“We need Qatar just like we need Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman. We need a house that is united and strong. Through such a unity, the house will be stronger in facing any challenges that comes in its way.
“I pray Allah will grant all Gulf countries the blessing of peace, security and harmony. May He end this rift so that these countries can return to the path of progress.”
––– Compiled by Zaki Taleb