Former Kuwaiti Minister of Information Sami Al-Nesf said that the Palestinian problem cannot be solved until the Palestinian leadership is replaced. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on Al-Arabiya Network (Saudi Arabia) on June 11, 2021. Al-Nesf said that Palestinian Mufti Hajj Amin Al-Husseini became a model for Palestinian leadership, by placing a losing bet on Hitler, and then remaining in his leadership position. He said that Yasser Arafat followed suit by remaining in power despite his actions in Jordan, destroying Lebanon, and siding with Saddam Hussein against Kuwait, which took in half a million Palestinian refugees. Al-Nesf continued to say that the Gulf cannot afford to support the causes of others, as it faces several challenges such as security threats and threats of an Arab Spring in the Gulf, and he said: "Why not create a Palestinian Spring that will get will oust those leaders?" For more about Sami Al-Nesf, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 6709, 6830, 6693, 7571, 8177, and 8310.
Sami Al-Nesf: "This is a crisis that began more than a century ago. It began when Mufti Amin Al-Husseini placed a losing bet on Hitler, made some other wrong decisions but remained in power. The more mistakes he made, the more they clung to him. It became a kind of model followed by those who came after him. Arafat did the same – he wronged Jordan, but remained [in power]. Then he went to Lebanon, made the same mistakes, and destroyed Lebanon to the point where Lebanon renounced the actions of the Palestinians, yet he remained in power. Then he went to Kuwait and made the wrong choice of supporting Saddam who received only 30,000 Palestinians, while Kuwait voluntarily received half a million. Under this equation, the Palestinian problem will not be resolved as long as it has such a leadership that..."
Interviewer: "What about the current Palestinian leadership in the West Bank?
Al-Nesf: "I think that they all should be replaced, in order to put an end to the repression of Palestinians. Today, in the Gulf, we cannot afford to deal with the issues of others. We face security problems, some of which have taken down countries much larger than us. Some are threatening to create an Arab Spring here, or a Gulf Spring. I say why not create a Palestinian Spring that will oust those leaders?"