In direct and clear words during their interview with CNN, the sons of Jamal Khashoggi obstructed the path of those who want to exploit their father’s death and use it as a tool to achieve partisan and political interests, which the late Jamal and his family have nothing to do with.
Truth be told, Jamal did not mean much to the majority of those who spoke about his murder as they actually sought to use the case to harm Saudi Arabia and what it represents, to avenge or to show their grudge or express their hatred or to try and embarrass political opponents here and there.
Salaheddine Khashoggi, the oldest son of Jamal, may he rest in peace, clearly and transparently said: “The King has stressed that everybody involved will be brought to justice. And I have faith in that. This will happen. Otherwise Saudi wouldn’t have started an internal investigation.”
The interview with Jamal’s sons Salaheddine and Abdullah, who were the closest to the late Jamal, in Washington came as a slap to those who wanted to use the case to harm Saudi Arabia’s reputation and stability by exploiting Jamal’s murder without really caring for what really happened and without respecting the family’s feelings and wishes.
Saudi Arabia has taken a clear stance towards the murder of Khashoggi and it was expressed by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as they said those involved will be punished and justice will be served. The authorities in the Kingdom have actually begun working towards this. However, Saudi Arabia’s enemies overlooked these serious and practical measures as they want the Khashoggi case to remain an open wound that they can make gains through. This is something that the political command will decisively and strongly stand against.
With such grace, patriotism and loyalty, the sons of late Jamal silenced those who are exploiting their father’s death
Salaheddine and Abdullah confirmed in their interview with CNN that they have faith in Saudi justice and that the judiciary will professionally perform its task, especially that the highest authority in the Kingdom, King Salman, told Salaheddine when he met him that those who murdered his father will stand before justice, a justice that will only be clear and transparent.
Salah voiced his disappointment of attempts to make gains using his father’s case and said: “I see a lot of people coming out right now and trying to claim his legacy and unfortunately some of them are using that in a political way that we totally don’t agree with.” He refused to stand by those exploiting his father’s blood. When the interviewer asked him if he trusts the Saudi political command’s promises, he clearly answered: “Yes”; hence, blocking the path of those who are trying to fish in troubled waters and who want evil for Saudi Arabia and its people.
These attempts which many are making under the pretext of “justice for Jamal” have been a concern for Jamal’s family as it sees how this negatively influences the public opinion and how it takes a path that deviates from justice and turns into a card that countries and foreign parties seek to use to pressure Saudi Arabia and to achieve political, security and economic gains without caring what really happened to Jamal as they have their own preplanned agenda and goals that they seek to serve.
Within the same context, Salaheddine thinks: “Public opinion is important… but my fear is that it’s being over politicized. People are throwing out analysis that may direct us away from the truth.” These politicized analyses are mostly not spontaneous but deliberate and they want to direct their arrows at the Kingdom to harm it, delay the journey of its renaissance and abort Vision 2030 set by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – a vision that does not only specialize in Saudi Arabia’s renaissance but also plans during the next 30 years to create a different Middle East, which can be the “new Europe” as the crown prince said few days ago. Several countries and parties whom it’s not in their interest to see Saudi Arabia as an advanced strong state with a productive economy and a giving and open society stand against this change.
Salaheddine said in the interview that he and his family plan to return to Saudi Arabia so he can resume his work in the banking sector in Jeddah, and this means that he believes in Saudi Arabia as his first and final homeland – a homeland that reassures him and that he wants his family to grow up in. He completely refused illogical explanations and rumors circulated on social media especially those that followed his meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and he voiced his surprise of what some media outlets promoted noting that analyses which negatively addressed his meeting with the king and the crown prince were “just baseless claims.”
Abdullah, Jamal’s other son, also said he was upset by the restless media and the stories and information circulating without taking the family’s feelings into consideration. He said: “At the same time, we’re looking at the media and the misinformation. There’s a lot of ups and downs,” in reference to the fairytales that defy logic that were promoted by regional and global media outlets without validating their accuracy, while intentionally ignoring journalism’s professional standards.
All what Khashoggi’s family wishes is that Jamal rests in peace and that he listens to its voice and its patriotic stance that rejects any foreign interference. His family has put its trust in the Saudi judiciary and rejected any attempts to politicize the case.
With such grace, patriotism and loyalty, the sons of late Jamal silenced those who are exploiting their father’s death to harm their country or to make personal gains. So will those who want to harm Saudi Arabia’s reputation and stability keep silent in compliance with the family’s wishes or will they not respect the latter and resume their destructive projects which will break before the Saudi people’s pride that embraces the sky like the Tuwaiq Mountain and that is strong and steadfast by standing by their leadership – unlike what those screaming had hoped for as they were hoping that the crisis will cause a rift between the Saudis and their King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman but their arrows have backfired against them.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.