#VIDEO | Arab Spring manifestations against Israeli interest: Analyst

PRESS TV | July 22, 2012

Arab Spring is ultimately against the interest of Israel as the Arab nations, who secured a revolution against pro-Western government, have supported the Palestinian rights for the past 64 years, a political analyst tells Press TV.

“As a principle, the Arab Spring actually is the manifestation of the Arab people’s will for change and to replace government, which normally supports the Western policies in the Middle East, like Egypt and Tunisia, and other places,” Iraqi analyst Sabah Jawad said in an interview with Press TV.

Jawad stressed that Arab Spring’s manifestations are against the interest of the Israeli regime as the “Arab masses have been struggling for the Palestinian and supported the Palestinian struggle to achieve their rights as well.”

However, Israel and its western allies tried to hijack the purposes of the Arab Spring and divert attention from the protesting Arab peoples’ dreams of the return of the Palestinian people to their homeland, the analyst also said.

Considering the illegal settlement building in the Occupied Territories colonization of Palestinian lands, Jawad said there was an 18-percent increase in the population of the people, accommodated in the settlements, since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to power three years ago.

The Israeli regime has tried to attract “a lot of Jewish immigration to Palestine. They come from the former Soviet Union, Russia, and also consist of Eastern Europeans and Americans, and they are giving them huge incentives to be part of this colonization,” he added.

On June 6, Netanyahu ordered the construction of 300 settler units in the illegal settlement of Beit El in the occupied West Bank. All the Israeli settlements across the West Bank are regarded as illegal under international law.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements, built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and East al-Quds.


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