Anwar's statement is a non issue, said Tian Chua
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice president Tian Chua confirmed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim did state he supported "all efforts to protect the security of the stte of Israel" but he pointed Anwar also said it would be done if Israel recognises Palestine as a free state.
Tian Chua told The Mole he could not understand why Anwar’s statement became a big issue when the article had stated that the effort “remains contingent on Israel respecting the aspirations of Palestinians.”
“In actual fact the article had clearly stated and clarified Anwar’s statement. I don’t think there should be an issue about it,” Tian Chua said.
The Batu MP also said it was the most reasonable explanation Anwar could say to an international media with regards to his stand on Israel and international policy.
“What else can Anwar say? Do we really expect him to say that Israel should be wiped out?” Tian Chua added.
Criticisms have been mounting against the Opposition leader for his statement in the Wall Street Journal last month where he reportedly pledged his support to protect the security of Israel.
Prior to this Perdana Global Peace Foundation had also pointed out that it was in the name of protecting the security of Israel that had been used as a justification to legitimise the genocide on Palestinians.
Pas’ Syura council (council of religious elders) had also demanded Anwar to retract his statement while the party’s spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat had called for the opposition leader to retract or sue the newspaper if his statement was misreported.
Commenting on the call made by Syura council Tian Chua said, “I believe their call is done with good intention and due to the intensity of attacks he (Anwar) has been receiving.”
Tian Chua believed the issue was manipulated by rival party Barisan Nasional to portray Anwar as pro-Israel after he was acquitted of sodomy charges last month.
In a statement on Thursday Anwar said his statement in the newspaper was not published in full and criticised the media, Umno and prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for slandering him as a traitor to Palestinians’ aspirations.
Anwar is scheduled to have a meeting with Nik Aziz to explain his statement.
PKR president Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in a news report said that Anwar’s explanation to Nik Aziz in the meeting will officially close all the discussions on the issue.
She also said the matter had been clarified by Anwar and that his clarification had been accepted during a Pakatan Rakyat meeting recently.
Pas’ Syura council deputy head Datuk Mahfodz Mohamed said the council would be waiting for the outcome of the meeting before deciding on their next action.