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Pas rapped for saying Dr M's letters prove Malaysia recognises Israel
PUTRAJAYA: Umno Supreme Council Member Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek today hit out at Pas for accusing that the three letters sent by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to the Tel Aviv regime prove that Malaysia recognises Israel as a legitimate state.
He said the content of the three letters was not what the opposition had alleged, but instead stated Malaysia's stand and firmness on the issue of Palestine.
"I think if they (opposition) read the letters carefully, they will find that there is no recognition for Israel, but Malaysia's undivided support for the people of Palestine and we reminded the Tel Aviv regime of this.
"This is different from someone saying that he wants to ensure the security of Israel," he said after chairing a committee meeting of the 'Road to London' programme, here, today.
Ahmad Shabery was commenting on the statement by Pas information chief Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man today that Dr Mahathir's action of sending the letters to Israel's prime minsters was proof that the Malaysian government recognised the state of Israel.
On Feb 29, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman was quoted as saying that the three letters were revealed to counter claims by certain quarters that the Malaysian government was inconsistent in its stand and policies on Palestine.
The three letters dated Dec 21, 1993, March 14, 1997 and June 8, 1999 were addressed to Israeli primes ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak respectively.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak when visiting Melaka on Feb 24 and Sekinchan, Selangor on Feb 26 stated that the Malaysian government was prepared to publicly reveal the letters sent by Dr Mahathir to the Tel Aviv regime. -- BERNAMA