Malaysian PM welcomes US shift in stance on Israel-Palestine

KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk seri Anwar Ibrahim has expressed Malaysia’s appreciation of the early signs that the American approach to the occupation of Palestine by Israel is changing.

He acknowledged the positive developments that have occurred recently and noted Malaysia’s concerns regarding the unwillingness of the United States and the West (US) to exert pressure on Israel.

“President Biden, within the constraints of the US electoral system in an election-year, has recently expressed increasing impatience towards his Israeli counterpart.

“He is also pushing for the acceptance of a proposed ceasefire proposal in exchange for hostage release.

In his keynote speech at the 37th Asia-Pacific Roundtable, he said: “We welcome the early signs of change that are emerging in America’s attitude towards the conflict.”

Anwar stressed Malaysia’s hopes for a continuous reevaluation of US policy to speed up an end to the deaths and carnage.

He stressed the importance of maintaining a balance with key partners, while also recognising that certain situations require unreserved and unequivocal action.

He said: “I’m speaking of war crimes and flagrant atrocities that were committed on the killing fields in self-defence. And settler colonialism, which is nothing less than a systematic genocide campaign to displace a whole population of indigenous people.”

Anwar compared the oppression of the Palestinians to Malaysia’s sovereignty when he spoke about the Israeli occupation in Palestine.

“The Palestinians are oppressed, while we, on the other hand, are free and sovereign. Our influence and power may be limited, but we’re free and sovereign.”

He said: “Malaysia may not be a major power but we won’t let that fool us. We will use our freedom in support of the Palestinians as they fight for their rights.”

Anwar ended his speech by stressing the importance of addressing this humanitarian crisis. He said that it could not be conveniently ignored and urged action to stop further atrocities.

He said: “We can’t stand by and let this be another chapter in the history of mass killings, displacements, and atrocities committed, acknowledged, then tragically, but conveniently, ignored.”

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