Malaysian Prime Minister visits Gaza!

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A sign of the times – the Malaysian PM makes an official visit to Gaza!

Datuk Seri Najib Razak entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing in Egypt, thus by-passing Israel completely. He is the first Malaysian PM ever to visit Palestine, and I have a feeling that Mahmoud Abbas would have been hoping for the privilege of meeting him first.

The Malaysian PM paused for a photo opportunity with the son of Ahmed Al-Jaabari – the Hamas leader whose assassination was the catalyst to the latest Israeli assault. And so Malaysia follows in the path of Egypt and other Islamic countries in paying homage to the Hamas government for their militant resistance to the Israeli occupation while Abbas struggles to make the most of Palestine’s new UN status.

Hopefully Abbas won’t be too distraught over the Malaysian PM’s visit for this is good news for all Palestine. The inertia towards a new Palestinian unity government seems unstoppable, while Israel’s international isolation seems almost complete. One can only hope and pray that America will eventually come into line and apply the necessary leverage to see the long-talked-about two-state solution become a reality!

Father Dave

Datuk Seri Najib Razak

Datuk Seri Najib Razak – the Prime Minister of Malaysia

source: www.nst.com…

ALWAYS A FRIEND: Najib offers to help in peace talks

GAZA CITY (Palestine) : PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak set foot here yesterday in a historic humanitarian visit where he pledged solidarity with  Palestinians and offered to facilitate  renewed reconciliation efforts between Hamas and Fatah.

Najib, who entered the tiny Palestinian enclave via the Rafah crossing from Cairo, became the first Malaysian PM ever to visit Palestine.

Upon his arrival at the Gaza immigration complex in Rafah, Najib was met by Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ziad al-Zaza and head of Hamas International Relations, Usamah Hamdan.

Speaking later in Gaza, Najib said Malaysia was ready to offer Palestinians the experience it had facilitating peace talks in the southern Philippines.

“Should it be needed, we stand ready to offer you the benefit of that experience.

“Malaysia, always a friend of the Palestine people, is willing to help facilitate the reconciliation plan in whichever way we can,” he said after being conferred with an honorary doctorate degree from Al-Aqsa University (Gaza).

“We believe in the rights of all people to live in peace, security and dignity, and we hope that the rights are realised for the people of the Palestinian soon.”

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