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Apr 07, 2019
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Omani Journalist Salem Bin Hamad Al-Jahwari: Israel is a reality, Arabs and Israelis must negotiate their future together

#7156 | 01:38
Source: Russia Today TV (Russia)

Omani journalist Salem bin Hamad Al-Jahwari, deputy head of the Omani Journalists Association, was interviewed on Russia Today TV. Al-Jahwari referred to a statement by Yusuf bin Alawi the Omani Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, who had said that the Arab nations must reassure Israel that they do not pose a threat to its existence. Al-Jahwari said that the minister “wanted to clarify that it is time for the Arabs and the Israelis to sit together, in order to negotiate about what is to come.” Al-Jahwari added: “Today, Israel is part of this region, whether or not the Arabs recognize it.” Al-Jahwari said that the Arab leaders are neighbors of Israel, “they are familiar with Israeli mentality.” They know that Israel is stalling for time “taking advantage of their territorial expansion.” He concluded by stating that the existence of Israel is a reality. The interview was aired on April 7, 2019.

 

Salem bin Hamad Al-Jahwari: The Omani Minister Responsible for  Foreign Affairs [Yususf bin Alawi] wanted to clarify that it is time for the Arabs and the Israelis to sit together, wanted to clarify that it is time for the Arabs and the Israelis to sit together, in order to negotiate about what is to come. Today, Israel is part of this region, whether or not the Arabs recognize it. Therefore, we must look for new methods, and change the way we have been thinking. During these years, the Arabs and the Palestinian brothers suffered expulsion and displacement, and they lost many capabilities that could have supported a prosperous state next to Israel.

 

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Today we are facing a very big challenge. I do not agree with my colleague who described some Arabs as naïve. There are Arab leaders who know better than some Israeli affairs experts that the Israelis are playing for time, taking advantage of their territorial expansion. That’s understandable. [The Arab leaders] did not come from another planet. They are neighbors of Israel, they are familiar with Israeli mentality, and they know the history full well.

Mustafa Barghuti: We want them to be neighbors of Palestine.

Moderator: There is more to say about this, but unfortunately we ran out of time.

Salem bin Hamad Al-Jahwari: They are neighbors of Israel, and the [existence of] Israel is a reality.

 

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