Mohammed Abu Oun
The Palestinian cause is essential to the Muslim and Arab nations as Arabs and Muslims are emotionally connected and committed to support it.
The Israeli occupation noticed such close connection between Palestine and its Arab surrounding, and that such connection would probably result in its collision with the Arab region unless it breaks such bond and isolates the Palestinian cause from its Arab roots.
The occupation used different types of methods in order to achieve those goals. It grabbed Palestinian lands, isolated its people from the Arabs, waged war on surrounding countries, and attacked the resistance’ bases there. At the same time, the Israeli political regime started communicating with Arab countries, building official relations with some of them, and signing secret agreements with others.
In addition, the occupation attempted to strike the internal Arab front through dividing the Arab world into smaller, weaker countries that can be easily controlled. To do so, it incited tribal and sectarian disputes, incited conflicts among the leadership themselves, and between the leadership and the people; all of which in order to divert their attention away from the Palestinian cause.
Such efforts were met with success as the Arab support offered to the Palestinians, whether its quantity or quality, was affected. This study traces the connection between the Palestinian cause and its Arab roots, the nature of the relationship between the two, the changes in the positions of the Arabs on the Palestinian cause (from complete support to normalization) and the peoples’ position on normalization.