cta-image

Donate

Donations from readers like you allow us to do what we do. Please help us continue our work with a monthly or one-time donation.

Donate Today
cta-image

Subscribe Today

Subscribe to receive daily or weekly MEMRI emails on the topics that most interest you.
Subscribe
cta-image

Request a Clip

Media, government, and academia can request a MEMRI clip or other MEMRI research, or ask to consult with or interview a MEMRI expert.
Request Clip
Jul 01, 2019
Share Video:

Egyptian TV Host Sayyed Ali: Trump Tries to Curry Favor with North Korea Because It’s a Nuclear Power, but U.S., Israel, Turkey, Iran Do Whatever They Want to the Arabs

#7336 | 04:30
Source: Alhadath Alyoum TV (Egypt)

Egyptian TV host Sayyed Ali said in a July 1, 2019 show on Alhadath Alyoum TV (Egypt) that U.S. President Donald Trump has been trying to curry favor with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un because he is afraid of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. He compared Trump's "ostrich"-like behavior with the North Koreans to his "lion"-like behavior with the Arabs, and he bemoaned the fact that Turkey, Iran, and Israel do as they please in the region without facing condemnation from the Arab League or Arab countries. Ali questioned why the Arab countries have signed trillions of dollars' worth of weapons deals if they never use the weapons, and he said that his generation, which he said had grown up talking about a United Arab Republic and Arab unity, had been fooled, and that the idea of a unified Arab nation died long ago. In addition, Ali criticized Arabs who claim that Iran is the Arabs' number one enemy instead of Israel.

Sayyed Ali: "Whoever followed Trump's visit to North Korea yesterday and his meeting with North Korea's leader must have noticed how Trump tried to curry Kim [Jong Un]'s favor and how he behaved like an ostrich with him, while he behaves like a lion with the Arabs.

[...]

"North Korea has nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and it has threatened to annihilate half of the United States. And yet Trump went there. Look at what he is doing to the Palestinians, the Syrians, the Libyans, and the Iranians. He is a lion with the Arabs and Muslims and an ostrich with the Koreans. Why is that? He is afraid of North Korea's strength because it has nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

[...]

"Haven't you noticed something very peculiar? Israel, Turkey, and Iran act like heroes when facing the Arab countries, while the Arab countries are powerless. Turkey does whatever it wants in Libya, Syria, and Iraq. Iran does whatever it wants in Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon. Israel does whatever it wants. And yet the Arab League is not shaken. Where is the Arab League? When Turkey threatened [Libya], why wasn't there a statement [from the Arab League]? Why didn't the foreign ministries issue a statement of condemnation? We used to complain that condemning and denouncing was the only thing they did. But now, not even a single statement of condemnation or denunciation... Yesterday, Israel launched an airstrike on Syria and there were martyrs. There was not a single statement from the Arab countries or the Arab League. Iran does whatever it wants, along with its proxies. They attacked Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and they caused life in Lebanon to come to a halt, but there has not been a single statement [of condemnation].

[...]

"There is one question that perplexes me very much. The Arab countries have signed weapons deals worth trillions – 100 billion, 200 billion, 50 billion, 20 billion, and 400 billion dollars... What exactly are you buying these weapons for? Has anyone thought about this?

[...]

"My generation was fooled. We talked about a United Arab Republic, about 'one Arab nation with an eternal mission,' and about the United Arab States, Arab unity, Arabs from the ocean to the Gulf... You gave us a headache with this talk. We grew up on this and believed in it. My generation, at least... In the end of the day, it turns out that we were fooled. There is no united Arab nation, no eternal mission, no nothing. It all died out long ago. Now we see the Israelis go to Manama and establish relations, and the Al-Jazeera TV channel ushers the Israelis into our bedrooms. Some even came up with the obscenity of claiming that Iran – not Israel – is our number one enemy."

Share this Clip:

HELP BRIDGE THE LANGUAGE GAP – DONATE TO MEMRI’S 2020 SUMMER CAMPAIGN