UAE-Israel agreement: Success or act of perfidy?

Author : Al Jazeera Broadcaster

Source : Al Jazeera

UAE and Israel announced the signing of the "Abraham Accord" on the full normalization of relations through the mediation of the United States
21:20, 18 August 2020

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Recently, the UAE and Israel announced the signing of the "Abraham Accord" on the full normalization of relations through the mediation of the United States. According to experts, this agreement would lay the foundation for peace in the Middle East, but many saw in it a betrayal of Palestine.

The American side described this event as a major diplomatic success, and Netanyahu called it a historic breakthrough on the path to true peace in the Middle East. As for the Arab world, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was the first to welcome the signing of an agreement to normalize relations between the UAE and Israel, while the Palestinian leadership considered the actions of the Emirati authorities a betrayal of Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian cause.

The Palestinian Authority described the agreement between the UAE and Israel, mediated by the United States, as "a stab in the back of the Palestinian people," and also said that such a move "demonstrates the level of disintegration and disunity that the official regimes in the Arab world have reached."

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In the episode of the Scenarios from 08/13/2020, asked how the Palestinian leadership plans to behave in light of the signing of a new agreement between the UAE and Israel and whether it means that Netanyahu and Trump would work to ensure that other Arab countries follow the example of the Emirates and normalized relations with Israel?

Muhammad al-Khurani, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, said in turn that the UAE had secretly maintained relations with Israel for many years. According to al-Khurani, the agreement was on the verge of collapse, since it was concluded during the election campaign. Nevertheless, it serves Trump's interests and also guarantees Netanyahu the opportunity to use the rights of the Palestinian people at his discretion, under the guise of an agreement with the Emirates.

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He added that the prevention of Israel's annexation of Palestinian territories in the West Bank is the result of joint actions by various parties, primarily Palestine, Jordan, and the European Union. Nevertheless, the Arabs are being called upon to reconsider their positions, citing the fact that a distinction must be made between the people and the political orientation of the UAE regime.

For his part, the head of the Center for Political and Strategic Studies "Al-Madar" Saleh al-Mutairi said that he was not surprised by the news of the signing of an agreement on the normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel, but was disappointed with the traditional excuses used by many Arab countries, hiding behind rhetoric about the preservation of Palestinian gains and territories.

Al-Mutairi assures he does not expect effective actions from the Arab League, as it does not plan to issue a statement condemning the move. Moreover, given the statements of some countries, hopes for the return of the occupied lands to their owners are buried ever deeper.

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According to Middle East researcher Sigurd Neubauer, the date for signing the agreement was not chosen by chance - it serves Trump's electoral interests. Nevertheless, Neubauer believes that betting on the aforementioned agreement may not lead to the desired result, since the Jewish electoral base supports the Democrats, and Trump is not very popular with them.

Neubauer said the Trump administration wants to put pressure on the Palestinians through such agreements in order to weaken their intransigent position and force them to enter into direct dialogue with Israel.

Hassan Mneimneh, a professor at the Middle East Institute in Washington, said in his turn that the Palestinians have a right to be angry, but given the UAE's track record, they should think carefully before taking any action. Moreover, the Palestinians should not assume that the Arab countries have abandoned them. According to Mneimneh, the policy of some Arab states in one way or another can lead to an improvement in the living conditions of the Palestinian people.

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He has added that this agreement is not a deal, but rather a warning about the elimination of the Palestinian problem. The Palestinians are suffering, and Israel and the Arab regimes are responsible for it, as the Arabs are powerless in the face of the growing influence of Israel, which enjoys the absolute backing of the United States.

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