Frustration over the fate of Palestine is one of the issues which fuels the discontent that leads to young Arabic men joining Islamic State, says Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki.
Speaking with The Australian in Sydney yesterday, Dr Malki predicted the defeat of the terrorist group, but said it could be replaced by something worse.
“It arrived suddenly and I believe it will disappear also quickly. Of course, it will be replaced with another phenomenon. Take al-Qa’ida. Who’s talking about al-Qa’ida today?” he said.
“When young Arab people feel the Palestinian issue is not being resolved, they are disappointed, frustrated, disillusioned, and the only way for them to show this frustration and disappointment is to join whatever anarchist (body), to reflect their anti-American, anti-Western, anti-international (view).”
Islamic State was weak militarily, but had had great success through a “policy of fear. This is the strength of Islamic State”.
“The moment you engage them in a military confrontation, you will discover they are not that powerful. Once they engaged in a military confrontation, they went from defeat to defeat,” he said…