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Palestine Condemns UAE-Israel Deal for Normalizing Diplomatic Ties

Fri 14 Aug 2020 | 12:09 AM
Ahmed Moamar

The Palestinian authority and Hamas faction have condemned the agreement that inked by United Arab (UAE) Emirates and Israel for normalising relations on Thursday.

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, an official of the Palestinian Authority(PA) slams the agreement.

On the other hand, Hamas, the rival resistant Palestinian group, accuses the Gulf state of stabbing Palestinians in the back.

Other Palestinian factions were unanimous in their condemnation of a newly announced agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to open full diplomatic ties in return for the suspension of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to annex parts of the West Bank.

"This announcement is a reward for the Israeli occupation's crimes," said Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Hamas, which has fought three wars against Israel since seizing control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

"The United Arab Emirates will launch full diplomatic ties with Israel in an agreement that will see Tel Aviv halt its plans for annexation of West Bank land, the leaders of Israel," the UAE and U.S. said Thursday.

The agreement makes the UAE the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties to Israel.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the UAE, confirmed Thursday, that the Gulf state had reached an agreement that would end Israel's annexation plans, according to Ynet.

"Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East's most dynamic societies and advanced economics will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation and forging closer people-to-people relations," said the joint statement by U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Al Nahyan.

The statement said the leaders had a three-way call discussing the deal.

Trump tweeted a statement from the countries, acknowledging the deal. He then told reporters in the Oval Office that it was "a truly historic moment.

Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

White House officials said that the agreement was sealed in a phone call Thursday between Trump, Netanyahu and the crown prince.

For Israel, the announcement comes after years of boasting by Netanyahu that his government enjoys closer ties to Arab nations than publicly acknowledged.

The prime minister tweeted in Hebrew on Thursday that this was an "historic day." He was set to address the nation later in the day.

Netanyahu has sought to build settlements on lands sought by the Palestinians and embraced a Trump proposal that would allow him to annex large parts of the West Bank while granting Palestinians limited autonomy in other areas.

For the UAE, home to skyscraper-studded Dubai and the rolling, oil-rich sand dunes of Abu Dhabi, it further burnishes its international campaign to be seen as a beacon of tolerance in the Middle East despite being governed by autocratic rulers.

During a call with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories. The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship. It also puts the UAE out first in a regional recognition race among neighboring Gulf Arab states.

And for the Palestinians, who long have relied on Arab backing in their struggle for independence, the announcement marked both a win and setback.

The UAE said after the announcement that the agreement was done to deal with the threat that further annexation of Palestinian territories posed to the two-state solution. The Gulf state's minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, urged the Palestinians and Israelis to return to the negotiating table.

While the deal halts Israeli annexation plans, the Palestinians have repeatedly urged Arab governments not to normalize relations with Israel until a peace agreement establishing an independent Palestinian state is reached.

The joint statement from the U.S., the UAE and Israel said delegations would meet in the coming weeks to sign deals on direct flights, security, telecommunications, energy, tourism and health care.

The two countries also will partner on fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.