Once upon a time Juha(a comical mythical character in dhivehi folk tales..) was asked by Fageerkoi how to become rich easily. Juha with his proverbial wit was said to have, robbing would be the easiest way! Juha was not wrong in this. He was asked how to become rich the easy way and his reply was pragmatic and to the point.
The case of our president Anni formalizing relations with Israel without public appetite for such a move is just like as if the president had asked from and received a Juha’s advice. Upon arrival of his historic visit to the UN our media people posed some questions about these decision and to all extents Anni seems to have charmed out of the questions. Some of the points raised in the news conference were:
That our country shall not have a list of countries we shall not speak with..
- This is of course true and negotiations and friendly relations with all nations is good for all purposes and is compliant with our religion. Anni seems to be in the right in this issue. The world’s issue with Israel is not a consuming hatred of that state but of a principled stand against the injustices they are imposing on the Palestinians. South Africa was wrestled out of apartheid when many countries of the world adopted such a principled stand.
That Israel and Maldives share similar democratic platforms.
- The idea that Israel is the only democracy in Middle east and Maldives with the regime change is the newest and tiniest democracy in Indian ocean hence that we share common thinkings is all but deceptive thinking. If Israel is a democracy than its the only democracy left in the world. All such democracies died and became extinct long time ago. Many has been said to and against Israel on the issue of democracy. But one poignant example of Israeli democracy is their systematic demolition of people’s homes just because one inhabitants of that house might have been a stone thrower etc. Now this was not one isolated miscarriage of justice but official policy for years starting from 1967. An interesting link to follow in these lines is: http://www.icahd.org/eng/
That some MOUs were signed with the Israeli government soliciting assistance in areas of agriculture, construction and tourism…
- Again if its assistance that we seek in the fields of agriculture and construction what’s wrong with seeking such assistance from existing friendly countries in Europe, Asia and elsewhere? Why Israel? Sure they have made tremendous advances in science and technology but so had Japan, Germany, USA etc. So basically Anni might have his hands twisted by World Bank and IMF to forge this friendly alliance with Israel or his spin doctors out of greed made his mind of him.
That most big Arab countries have established relations with Israel..
- This is not entirely true. Egypt and Jordan are the only countries to have full diplomatic relations with Israel and they have compelling reasons to do so. By signing up Egypt got back Sinai and Jordan got among other things arrangement for allocation of water resources, and quota free export concessions with USA as well as help in alleviating refugee problem which Israel created in the first place. As for the Palestinian Authority they have nowhere to go and is besieged by Israeli Occupation from land air and sea so they have no option but to accept the occupation.
That big countries just might listen to small voices like that of our country on important issues
- This is wishful thinking.
That the issue of Israel and Palestine is political in nature rather than religious
- This seems to be the version the Muslim states have to believe but for the Christians they prove their(Israelis) right to the land of Palestinians from Old and New Testament. So its a political issue for Muslims and a theological issue for Christians. Double standards right?