Following are excerpts
from a TV show featuring Kuwaiti journalist Sami Al-Nisf, which aired
on Abu Dhabi TV on December 5, 2010.
Some people in the Arab region promote the idea that they have the same
enemies as us in the Gulf, and we accept that. The Palestinian brothers
– Yasser Arafat and others – said: "Part of our land is occupied
by Israel, and therefore, Israel is our enemy, and it should be your
enemy as well." We have no problem with that.
But when someone like
Saddam occupied Kuwait in its entirety, not just part of it, the previous
president, Yasser Arafat, nevertheless publicly declared his friendship
with that enemy. In other words, our enemy is your enemy, but your enemy
is our friend. This is being repeated these days.
Some Arab countries, which have lands occupied by the same enemy, by
Israel, justly demand that we be enemies of Israel. But at the same
time, they publicly declare their friendship with the country [Iran]
that occupies the three UAE islands.
Take, for example, the
Israeli nuclear issue. They demand that we oppose it, because Israel
is the enemy of the Arabs. But the same country that makes this demand
is promoting Iran's nuclear cause.
TV host: Who do
you mean exactly?
Obviously, Syria... Furthermore, the documents that have been leaked
include a statement by the Syrian leadership that even if Iran manages
to produce a nuclear bomb, it will not use it against Israel. Who will
it is be used against, then? Against us, the Gulf countries.
TV host: Is this
a concern for you in the Gulf?
Very much so.