Why “No” to Israel?

Pirzada Hasaan Hashmi
Writer is Founder of COMPACT a Think Tank On Media ,Peace & Culture , Spokesperson of IHRP(www.ihrp.net) , blogger, political & Anti-extremism activist from Pakistan, Working on ground level for Interfaith Harmony in Pakistan. He tweets @shanihashmi

Hatred of Israel and the refusal to recognize or establish diplomatic relations with it are evident to some extent in all Muslim countries in Asia.

This phenomenon is based on feelings of Islamic solidarity with Arab countries and a sense of religious belonging to the global Islamic community, in recent decades, the atmosphere in most Muslim countries has become increasingly radical.

Contributing to this trend is the belief that Jews, Zionism, and Israel are anti-Islam, anti-Arab, and pro-American. Radical Islamic circles exert pressure on governments to become involved in worldwide Islamic issues, above all the Palestinian problem and support for Arab countries’ struggle against Israel.

But that is a radical phenomenon in my opinion I didn’t find a single reason why Pakistan should not review its ties with Israel. Why we should ban our ties with Israel on the basis of Israel-Arab Conflict when many Arab countries do carry a good relationship with Israel.

From the young age in our schools we had been taught two things , Israel and India is your enemy. Ok we had been war with India for 3 times , but what’s wrong with Israel . We don’t have a conflict area, we never been to war, we never think what we are losing by not maintaining ties with Israel.

If we carry good relations with Israel it can help us to win good and deep support from many of developed countries. Israel have the strongest lobby in the world if Israel is friend with Pakistan we can use this lobby to turn healthy relationships with other countries because other then Saudi Arabia no Major Arab country is supporting Pakistan .

Meeting in Istanbul between Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Kasuri was not the only meeting between Pakistan & Israel officials since the days of Pakistan’s first foreign minister, Sir Zafrullah Khan, every major Pakistani leader has taken a realistic approach to Israel, interacted with its representatives, and even adopted positions that were consistent with Israeli interests. For example, in 1956 Pakistan was the only Third World country to express sympathy for the Franco-British-Israeli attack on Egypt.

It’s not Benazir Bhutto who is considered as Pro Western, It was Nawaz Sharif Primer ship in 1992 & 1997 which was the golden time in Israel-Pak relations.

In 1992, the Israeli delegation to the United Nations had to decide whether to support Pakistan’s election to the Security Council. Yaacobi favored it, and after receiving permission from the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, the Israeli delegation voted affirmatively. This paved the way to a series of contacts between Yaacobi and the Pakistani UN ambassador, Jamshi Merkar, who thanked the Israeli representative for his support.

And then prime minister Sharif came very close to meeting Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres both were visiting Japan and by coincidence were staying at the same hotel.

And then in 1993 vice-president of the World Jewish Congress, Isi Leibler, visited Islamabad on 12-16 February. This trip was coordinated with the foreign ministries of Israel and Australia (Leibler being an Australian citizen) and with the State Department. Again it was Pakistani ambassador Sayyidah Abidah Hussein who arranged a meeting for Leibler with Shahabaz Sharif, the brother of Prime Minister Sharif, who was considered influential in the prime minister’s close circles. Leibler told him that a change in approach toward Israel would help improve Pakistan’s deteriorated image in the United States.

At the end of the meeting, the two agreed that further contacts between them would be arranged via Pakistan’s ambassador (high commissioner) in London. About two months later, on 19 April 1993, Leibler met with the Pakistani high commissioner in London, but it was ill-timed. One day earlier, political changes had taken place in Pakistan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been removed from office A few years later, on 29 October 1998, Weizman met with Pakistani president Muhammad Rafiq  Tarrar at a reception in Ankara marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of modern Turkey. According  to press reports, Tarrar approached Weizman, shook his hand, and expressed his hope that “one day we will meet again.”

And then come time of Gen Musharraf on  1st September 2005, a public meeting was held in  Istanbul between the then Israeli foreign minister Silvan Shalom and his Pakistani counterpart  Khurshid Kasuri. Shalom was euphoric and said the meeting was a “source of great encouragement  and hope for the Israeli people and aids in strengthening the moderates on the Palestinian side.” The  Israeli journalists present were also swept up in the exaggerated excitement and called it a “historic meeting.” They said it was a Pakistani “gift” to Israel for evacuating its settlements in Gaza, which  was taking place at that time.

Soon after, during a visit to the United States, Musharraf agreed to be the guest of honor at an  American Jewish Congress dinner held in New York on 17 September. Representatives of various  Jewish organizations attended. Musharraf’s speech dealt with Islamic-Jewish relations throughout history. As for Israel, he repeated the familiar refrain that progress in relations depended on “progress in the peace process and the establishment of a Palestinian State.

The main factors preventing Pakistan from recognizing and establishing diplomatic relations with  Israel are Solidarity with Muslim countries in general and with Arab countries ,Fear of an adverse  response by influential Islamists in Pakistan & Internal instability.

Its time to be practical we have to look what we are losing by not having ties with Israel

i)      A very big Market for Pakistani Food , Cotton & gems Export.

ii)     An advanced Military Market for Pakistani Imports

iii)    An advance Technology Sector which can help Pakistan grow in agriculture, computer sciences, electronics, genetics, medicine, Solar energy .

iv)    A strong Jewish Lobby all around the World , which can help Pakistan raise its image as a friendly nation Its time to face it , if we need a better Pakistan in the coming world , we need strong friends & if we don’t try to get those friends , India is getting all , whether its USA, Israel, Russia & even our good old friend China .
Its time for us to broaden our thoughts & look out what best in the “Interest ” of Pakistan.

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6 Responses to Why “No” to Israel?

  1. Mawali says: June 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    You my man should seriously comsider becoming a cobler. But, just because you asked; then yes Pakistan ought to be friendly with Israel and a whole host of other nations. How then do you reconcile this with the 200 million illiterate Pakistani who have tied a knot of brotherhood with the Muslim Palestinians?

    Although, I would be quick to point out hostility between Pakistan and Israel as Musharraf correctly alluded to is borne out of Israel’s continued intransigence on the palestinian state.

    Jews have a right to live in peace like any other nation. I would venture to say that the Muslim opposition to the State of Israel is based stricktly on the palestinian issue rather the fact that they are jewish.

  2. Hira says: June 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    my god….!!the writer is so pathetic i mean he/she doesnt hv any problem whether israel kills palestinian..a. i mean he doesnt mind the opreesion of our sacred land n masjid-e-aqsa, he says its an issue of israel-arab??? i mean khuda na khwast kal ko agar Makka ya madina per koi kafir hamle ka sochey to he wudnt be having probelm with tha too.. coz makka madina also belong to Arab.. i mean hez Sick-hypocrite.. isey to chohrahe per laker marna chye takey next time koi yeh baat karne ka bhi na sochy..

    • Hasan N says: June 6, 2012 at 2:30 am

      Wow, Hira, your last sentence constitutes a blatant, sickening threat. I’m afraid if you had ANY respect for the Prophet’s (s) example, you would not be uttering such immature and destructive words. Maybe you out to do some self reflection as to why this kind of attitude (using threats a means of argument) may actually be responsible for many of the problems of the Muslim world, as much as colonialism or outside instrusion. I mean it, I am not trying to provoke you, I am trying to help. May Allah guide you and bring softness to your heart . Amin.

    • Syed Owais Mukhtar says: June 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      mere dil ke baat keh di ap ne

    • athar says: June 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      sorry to say but how much poor thinking u have?don’t u think so that every person has a right to express his own views on any topic and u r declaring him liable to death penalty in chowk!please give every one a chance for expressing his feeling.

  3. Talha Malik says: June 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Tells how uneducated , immoral ,ill informed the write is … living in the world of fools.. wake up !