5 July 2014, 14:45

Netanyahu says will cooperate with Saudi despite its support of ISIS - expert

Netanyahu says will cooperate with Saudi despite its support of ISIS - expert

Islamic insurgents in the Middle East declared a creation of an Islamic State, or caliphate, on the captured territories from Iraq and Syria and called on Muslims from around the world to rush to the region to build their own homeland. The leader of the self proclaimed state called for an era of international jihad. Israel Shamir, an Israeli independent expert, pointed out that the group's intentions are so far unclear.

"It is not very clear to which extent this force, which is called in Arabic DAISH the ISIS or the ISIL, but let's call it DAISH or the new caliphate force," he said. "They indeed say that they will liberate Palestine. And we know now of a huge draft that they began in the refugee camps of Palestinians and Lebanon, where they try to convince the Palestinians, which is a big population that is very dissatisfied with whatever happens, to join their forces. And they promise to liberate Palestine within a few years. And they also say that if Israel will use nuclear weapons, they will also retaliate with nuclear weapons, and eventually save Palestine. But meanwhile, it is not very clear to which extent this force is really able to do something similar.

What we see is that they plan an attack on the Shiite shrines in the south of Iraq. And that is something very-very different. If somebody is going to liberate Palestine, it is very unlikely that such a force would begin with the fratricide, with killing of brother Muslims in Iraq. So, all this thing is still very-very murky."

He also pointed out that the recent delivery of Russian-built military aircraft to Iraq is a very interesting development as "Russia was the first country to offer real support the embattled government of al-Maliki, of the present President of Iraq."

"In Israel there is no feeling of fear about the plans of DAISH," he added. "They do not consider it to be a real threat of any sort. And the Prime Minister Netanyahu said that they intend to support the moderate Arab states, they mean Saudi Arabia. But Saudi Arabia is itself the supporter of DAISH. So, the situation is extremely obscure.

The only thing that has emerged, it is not that much the liberation of Palestine, but more the independence of the Iraqi Kurdistan, which began to sell the oil they pump. Until now they couldn't easily sell oil, but Israel agreed to buy their oil. And that is a very-very big development, because until not the US was strongly against the sales of the Iraqi oil through anything but the Iraqi government. Now, it seems to become different. Kurds are doing it their own way. And the Kurds are also very supportive of Israel and Israel is very supportive of the Kurds.

So, it is also possible to read the developments in Iraq, that this thing created an entity which divides Kurdistan from the south of Iraq and this entity is likely to block the supply routes to Syria from Iran, and could possibly make even more trouble between the government of Syria and the people of Syria, between the people of Iraq and their government. So, again, the situation is very doubtful but obviously it is a good thing that Moscow decided to support al-Maliki and allow him somehow to stabilize the situation."

"I think the notion that you build your state on the discontent of other people and, as it was mentioned before, if people feel disenfranchised in their society and they take up arms, this is precisely what we from the EU side always keep saying, that apart from supporting the territorial unity of Iraq, the political process must be inclusive, that the government should reach beyond the sectarian divide," Sorren Liborious, spokesman for the EU mission in Russia, said.

"And even though, of course, we recognize the need to uphold the territorial integrity and meet some of the challenges with arms, it should be done in a not disproportionate way, because then we will see a process where people are turning their back to a society. We need to reach out to have those people that are wanting to build a society to be the strong forces.

I think that it is very important that we do not take this message, which I think is far-fetched, and interpret it the way that every believer of the Muslim faith is a potential terrorist. That will be exactly playing into the hands of these radicals. We have in Europe a very large group of our population and our citizens belonging to the Muslim faith. They are perfectly respectable normal people living a normal life. And it is very important that we do not see a terrorist behind every corner.

The various organizations inside the EU member states are every day doing a serious job on fighting crime and extremism from wherever corner it may come. And as I said, throwing a bomb somewhere and shouting this or that trying to wilder by a political remark doesn't make it more credible. We take of course very seriously the need to preserve stability and cohesion inside the EU societies.

Already now the EU does provide a lot of substantial humanitarian aid to the Iraqi government to alleviate the humanitarian needs. And this is very important. Of course, we know that out of poverty, problems can get worse. So, this is one tool of helping to bring some sort of stability. The second, of course, is that we are always willing to help a political process that reaches out to all the different groups in the society, which is very important," he added.

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