Forget what you read in the Op-Eds of the world’s leading newspapers. Israel is not in any danger, not from Iran’s ‘peaceful’ nuclear weapons, nor from Palestinian farmers seeking their land back.
No, Israel can rest easy. The Middle East is no longer the troubled neighbourhood that it was at the beginning of this week. Why, may you ask? Has Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood signed a pledge to recognise their country’s peace treaty with the ‘Zionist state’? Or has Syria’s Bashar al-Assad decided he doesn’t want the Golan Heights back, now that he’s preoccupied with killing his own people? Er, not exactly.
What has changed the entire Middle Eastern landscape is that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has pledged to protect Israel. Yes, he has indeed.
Oh, well that is a relief. Or is it?
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Anwar declared, “I support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel.”
Does that mean he will man the checkpoints on the West Bank, herding poor Palestinians into lines? Or will Anwar join the Israel army chief in drawing up plans to launch a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear installations? Anwar doesn’t specify. But fear not, perhaps he will at least cooperate with Mossad, yes that same Israeli spy service he used to attack in the old days, in taking out some of those troublesome Palestinian leaders it labels ‘terrorists’.
Anwar clarified that he wouldn’t open diplomatic ties with Israel till the Jewish state “respects the aspirations of Palestinians”. How then would he “support all efforts to protect” Israel’s security? Without diplomatic ties, how would he able to present his services? We’re sure there are classified ways of working for Israel without such minor niceties as ‘diplomatic ties’. One can almost see Anwar leading a covert team aboard one of those fancy Black Hawk helicopters.
Or maybe he means moral support? Or maybe he feels the need to express his support in the mat salleh press?
Will Anwar and PKR now take to the campaign trail and announce in Kelantan, side by side with PAS, that they will “support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel.”
Surely he wouldn’t say something to the mat salleh press that he wouldn’t also say at home, side by side with his PAS allies?
The Wall Street Journal said Malaysia has “consistently refrained from establishing diplomatic relations with Israel, although limited commercial ties exist between private companies in the two countries.” How inconsiderate of our government not to go rushing over with open arms to Israel, supporting its illegal settlements on Palestinian land, Israel’s blockade of Gaza, and its undeclared stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Anwar is absolutely correct. We should forego our own interests and that of our Muslim brethren, and support the security of the Jewish state. Never mind that Israel has consistently ignored UN resolutions that condemn its treatment of Palestinians.
Israel’s generals no doubt feel a lot safer knowing that Anwar is on their side. They must be breathing a sigh of relief that Anwar Ibrahim will “support all efforts to protect the security of the state of Israel.”
We wonder how he figures his latest statement to the mat salleh press will play at his next ceremah as Anwar prepares his manifesto (we assume it will be presented at some stage) ahead of GE13.