Two lawmakers in Kuwait have defended any military dealings between Israel and the Gulf state, with one claiming that he will “love the Israelis” if they can aid in providing greater security for his country.
In an interview broadcast on Al-Adala TV, independent MP Hamad Al-Dosari said that Islamic law permitted trade between the two nations, which do not enjoy diplomatic relations.
“The sharia permits us to have dealings with the Israelites. We follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), who died while his shield was mortgaged with a Jew,” he said.
When the interviewer said that some people had criticised Al-Dosari for his views, he responded: “Because they are ignorant about the Sharia.”
Another lawmaker, Nabil Al-Fadhi, said in a separate interview with the same media outlet that it was permitted to deal with any country when it came to securing Kuwait.
“If the security of Kuwait requires the purchase of Israeli equipment, I will do so, and I will love the Israelis for it. It is permitted to deal with anyone for the sake of Kuwait’s security,” Al-Fadhi said.
Kuwait was annexed by neighbour Iraq in a 1990 invasion that preceded the first Gulf War. Many of the Gulf states have spent billions of dollars in arms in the last year amid rising tensions with Iran, the regional Shi’ite Muslim power.
No trade between Israel and Kuwait has even been formally acknowledged. Kuwait, and the vast majority of Arab nations, do not acknowledge the existence of the Zionist state, which was founded in 1948 on land seized from the Palestinian population.
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