Arif Kamal (Former Ambassador): Palestine is a long-standing and complex issue in the Middle Eastern politics. Pakistan has been employing its influence fully to stop Israel its human rights violations in the occupied territory. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood is playing a vibrant role in diplomatic efforts and has contacted leaders of Islamic countries to discuss a strategy for resolution of this crisis. The US and Russia has a key role in the resolution of the issue, which is not being played. They should exert pressure for the immediate stopping of Israeli bombing on innocent Palestinians.
Ali Sarwar Naqvi (Former Ambassador): Pakistan’s position was very strong in virtual OIC meeting in which Islamabad emphasized the role of making strong efforts to stop the atrocities of Israel on innocent Palestinians. Pakistan has been playing a very active role in highlighting this issue at the international level and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is actively contacting his counterparts in various Islamic countries to chalk out a joint strategy in this regard.
Professor Ghulam Mustafa (IR Expert): The existence of Israel was part of an old international diplomacy. The basic role is of those Arab countries that are neighbours of Israel. The nations always pursue their national and territorial interests first. Basically, there is no political will in the Muslim countries to resolve this issue. In past, PLO played a big role in resistance against Israeli occupation. Muslim countries have made efforts in the past half-heartedly to stop Israeli expansion. Pakistan has been playing an important role in highlighting the important issues being faced by Muslim Ummah. The 57 Islamic countries yield an important territorial and geographical influence that could be used to hold pressure on world powers to force them to play their role in stopping the Israeli aggression.
Najamuddin Sheikh (Former Ambassador): Palestinians have been resisting against illegal action of Israel in Al-Aqsa mosque that started on first of Ramadan this year. Sheikh Jarrah has been attacked by Jewish settlers that were assisted by Israeli security forces. This crisis has given a new lease of life to embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who was losing popularity fast. Israeli plan is to expel Palestinians to Jordan and occupy all their land. Israel has enjoyed traditional backing of the US. The anarchic situation in certain Israeli cities is also being witnessed in which Palestinians and Israelis have been attacking each other.