Palestine fate ‘turns our youth to ISIS’: Palestinian FM Riad al-Malki

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…