Some Arab countries supported the Emirati-Israeli agreement, such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt, saying that it was a step towards resolving the Palestinian issue.
According to the normalization agreement, according to the UAE, the Israeli side pledges to stop annexing any lands in the West Bank, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed that the matter is nothing more than a temporary suspension.
The Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad Al-Maliki, who chairs the current session of the League Council at the ministerial level, called on his Arab counterparts to take a “position rejecting” the normalization agreement, indicating that failure to do so would mean that the meeting is “a blessing for the move … or a cover for it, and this is what the State of Palestine will not accept.” ».
“No” to the Arab Peace Initiative
At the conclusion of the Arab Ministerial Summit, the Assistant Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Hussam Zaki, explained that today’s meeting “witnessed a serious and comprehensive dialogue that took some time, but did not lead to a consensus on the draft resolution that was proposed by the Palestinian side.”
He pointed out that the disagreement called for “amendments by the Palestinian side in the draft submitted by it, then corresponding amendments”, but “the Palestinian side preferred not to produce the draft resolution without including the concepts that it was talking about,” Zaki said.
The Palestinian side eased its criticism of the Emirates, focusing, according to what the alternate ambassador for Palestine in the Arab League, Muhannad Alaklouk, told “Reuters” agency, on “only one point … which is condemning the departure from the Arab peace initiative.”
However, this point did not receive the consensus of the ministers. “During the two hours of discussion, they worked hard to drop this point,” Al-Aklouk said. His Excellency the (Palestinian Foreign Minister) refused to drop it and said that you have two solutions: either to suspend the meeting for hours or days until we agree on it, or to drop the item from the agenda. When they refused to comment, the item fell off the agenda.
In parallel, Zaki affirmed that “the rest of the decisions regarding Palestine did not make any change in the basic concepts established … such as the rejection of the so-called American peace plan and the refusal to recognize the transfer of the US embassy to Jerusalem and the rights of Palestinian refugees.”
On September 15, US President Donald Trump will host at the White House the signing ceremony of the normalization agreement between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv.
Riyadh: 1967 borders
The Saudi Foreign Minister, Faisal bin Farhan, affirmed his country’s support for all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue on the basis of the 1967 borders.
In the 1967 war, Israel occupied territories including the West Bank, which it continues to occupy today, and the Gaza Strip, from which it withdrew in 2005.
However, the statement issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding Faisal bin Farhan’s statements did not include any direct reference to the Emirati-Israeli normalization agreement.
Bin Farhan said on Twitter: “The Kingdom affirms that it stands with the Palestinian people, and supports all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue in a way that enables the Palestinian people to establish their independent state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
On a visit to the UAE, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner said that the Palestinians “should not be attached to the past.”