Sa’ad Bin Tefla Al-Ajmi, Kuwait’s ex-information minister, penned an article in the Saudi daily Independent Arabia titled, “If a Palestinian state had been established.”

According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), he wrote that the Palestinian leadership bears more than its share of responsibility for the ongoing suffering of the Palestinian people and the fact that no solution to their problems are in sight.

He said the fact that not a single Israeli Arab has given up Israeli citizenship in favor of a Palestinian one, added to the fact that so many Palestinians are eager to obtain a work permit in Israel and even willing to work in the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, reflects their dire situation under the rule of both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

“The Palestinians experience oppression and injustice first of all because of the occupation. But they also understand that their leadership bears the secondary responsibility for their ongoing suffering and oppression,” said Ajmi.

“Despite the occupation and oppression,” he added, “the main wish of every ‘realistic’ Palestinian today is to obtain a permit to work inside Israel, even to work on building new settlements on his soil.”

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