Ne­tanyahu and Trump’s shared in­ter­ests in Pales­tinian lands are evolv­ing at a rad­i­cal and provoca­tive rate that has al­ready cost scores of lives

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page - NAGEHAN ALÇI

SO FAR, the only res­o­lute voice has been raised by Turkey while the rest of the Is­lamic world has re­mained silent and pas­sive

The con­science of hu­man­ity is haunted by the Is­raeli army’s mas­sive killing of un­armed Pales­tinian demon­stra­tors in Gaza. U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment look as if they were de­lib­er­ately striv­ing to cause hu­man­ity pro­found suf­fer­ing. Dur­ing the U.S. em­bassy’s open­ing cer­e­mony in Jerusalem, which was in­dis­putably a provo­ca­tion, Gaza turned into a blood­bath as part of their mis­sion to turn the Mid­dle East into an in­ferno. It is not pos­si­ble for the com­mon sense of hu­man­ity to ac­cept what has hap­pened.

We have wit­nessed two dif­fer­ent pictures that were taken at the same time. Com­pared to each other, it is not pos­si­ble to be­lieve that the two scenes are lo­cated only 50 kilo­me­ters away from each other. On one hand, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kush­ner and Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu were ju­bi­lantly celebrating the em­bassy’s open­ing with smiles on their faces – like no in­no­cent peo­ple were be­ing killed just a few miles away from them. Mean­while, in Gaza, the Is­raeli forces were killing civil­ian pro­test­ers. Even Is­raeli me­dia out­lets could not re­main silent to this atroc­ity. Haaretz, for in­stance, con­demned the mass killings harshly.

Dear friends from the East and West, we need to get rid of over- gen­er­al­iz­ing views to save the world from its cur­rent con­di­tion. We can­not put the en­tire U.S., Is­rael and the Mus­lim world in the same equa­tion. Trump is cur­rently un­der the in­flu­ence of mar­ginal evan­ge­list am­bi­tions to se­cure his power and vote share. To il­lus­trate, two rad­i­cal evan­ge­lists led the prayers in the open­ing cer­e­mony in Jerusalem: Robert Jef­fress, an evan­gel­i­cal pas­tor from Dal­las, and Pas­tor John C. Hagee, who founded the pro-Is­rael or­ga­ni­za­tion “Christians United for Is­rael.”

In an in­ter­view he gave in 2010, Jef­fress re­marked the fol­low­ing words, “Is­lam is wrong, it is a heresy from the pit of hell” and “you can’t be saved by be­ing a Jew.” He is a rad­i­cal fig­ure con­tend­ing that all faiths other than Chris­tian­ity lead peo­ple away from God and builds an im­pass­able wall be­tween God and peo­ple in hell.

Hagee, on the other hand, said that the hur­ri­cane that struck New Or­leans and killed more than 1,000 peo­ple in 2005 was God’s judg­ment against the city to pun­ish the sin­ners. What he said about Mus­lims is even more scan­dalous. In an in­ter­view, he ar­gued that all Mus­lims dream of killing Christians and Jews and oc­cu­py­ing the U.S. and Is­rael. Also, his re­marks about Hitler led to a pub­lic out­cry. Hagee said that Hitler ful- filled God’s will for Is­rael with the Holo­caust. De­spite all his odi­ous re­marks, Is­rael is cur­rently em­brac­ing Hagee due to their shared in­ter­ests.

It is hard to tell the difference be­tween this mind­set and that of Daesh. Un­for­tu­nately, these two ex­treme stances har­bor each other whereas the hawk­ish Is­raeli gov­ern­ment is invit­ing con­flicts. Mean­while, the se­vere re­sponses against Is­rael are grow­ing.

So far, the only res­o­lute voice has been raised by Turkey while the rest of the Mus­lim world has re­mained silent and pas­sive. For ex­am­ple, Egypt did not al­low the land­ing of the air­craft Ankara wanted to send to treat the wounded. De­spite all of this, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­doğan is de­ter­mined. Af­ter meet­ing with Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, he met Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani.

These meet­ings are of vi­tal im­por­tance since the world needs to act in uni­son re­gard­ing the lat­est killings. If Turkey mo­bi­lizes such a com­mon po­si­tion and the United Na­tions takes ac­tion to make a change, a tra­jec­tory of pos­i­tive change might be achieved. To that end, all the con­sciences haunted by the cur­rent atroc­i­ties must unite by putting po­lit­i­cal dis­agree­ments aside.

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