Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Ami Mehl, has described Member of Parliament (MP) for Kumbungu constituency, Ras Mubarak, as “a propaganda machinery of Palestinian terrorists” who should not be taken seriously.
Mr Mehl, who was responding to claims by the Ghanaian MP that he was refused entry into Palestine by the State of Israel to give a speech at Ramallah, explained on Class FM on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 that Israel did not deny Mr Mubarak a visa.
According to him, “Mr Mubarak came without a visa [and] he was asked to wait [but] after a while, he decided that he was not going to wait anymore, he went probably to the hotel in Jordan. He was not refused a visa [and] if he was refused a visa, most probably you can see refusal in his passport [and] you can check his passport, there is no refusal there.”
Mr Mehl said he is not surprised how Mr Mubarak is going about the development and painting a different picture of the situation because “this guy is a propaganda machinery of the Palestinian authorities, so, we do not take him seriously”.
Mr Mubarak is an active member of the Palestine Solidarity Movement in Ghana and recently led a pro-Palestine march in Accra.
There has been an age-long conflict between Israel and Palestine that began in the mid-20th century. The origins of the conflict can be traced back to Jewish immigration and sectarian conflict in Mandatory Palestine between Jews and Arabs.
It has been referred to as the world’s “most intractable conflict”. Despite a long-term peace process and the general reconciliation of Israel with Egypt and Jordan, Israelis and Palestinians have failed to reach a final peace agreement.
The key issues are: mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom of movement and Palestinian right of return.