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Kuwaiti MPs Nabil Al-Fadhl and Hammad Al-Dosari justified opening trade ties
with Israel on Kuwait TV in June, according to a Memri report.
during the interview that, if Kuwaiti security requires Israeli equipment, then
the country should invest in it, stating: “I will love the Israelis for
The astounded interviewer asked, “even with Israelis?” and Fadhl
reiterated his support for importing Israeli products.
such trade based on security reasons, though he also added that other Arab
states failed to come to the country’s rescue when Iraq invaded in
“How exactly did the Muslims benefit us, when our Arab neighbor
[Iraq] invaded our country? I am willing to buy equipment from Israel to protect
my country from its Arab and Muslim neighbor,” he stated.
that the Shari’a permits dealings with Israelis since the prophet Muhammad “died
while his shield was mortgaged with a Jew.” He went on to reject any criticism
saying that those who attack him are unaware of Islamic law.
“I tell you
that the prophet Muhammad had dealings [with the Jews]. You criticize me?!” he
The Arab Peace Initiative, first offered by the Arab League in
2002 with the strong backing of Saudi Arabia, was an Arab proposal to end the
Talk of the plan has been in and out of the news
since, but has not been seriously negotiated between the parties. Israel
rejected the proposal which called for withdrawing from the occupied territories
and east Jerusalem, and accepting the return of refugees from 1948.