Palestine welcomed, on Monday, Saudi Arabia’s position on normalization with Israel, before the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
This came in a speech by Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh, in his speech to him at the beginning of the cabinet session in Ramallah.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said in televised statements, Friday, that normalization with Israel “depends on achieving peace and achieving the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the Arab Peace Initiative.”
The Palestinian Prime Minister expressed his hope that the “Arabs” would define their stances regarding Israel on “the basis of the Saudi position.”
The “Arab Peace Initiative”, also known as the “Saudi Initiative”, is a proposal adopted by the Arab League at its summit in Beirut in 2002.
The initiative provides for the establishment of an internationally recognized Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, a just solution to the Palestinian refugee issue, and Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and the lands still occupied in southern Lebanon, in exchange for Arab countries’ recognition of Israel and normalization of relations with it.
In addition, Shtayyeh talked about the need for the United Nations, the League of Arab States, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to take the necessary measures against companies that deal with settlements “regardless of their nationality,” referring to Emirati companies importing goods produced in Israeli settlement factories in the occupied West Bank.
He expressed his hope that “companies and their countries would be alerted to the danger of violating international law in this regard.” He welcomed “any retreat by some parties regarding dealing with settlements, rejecting occupation, and adhering to international laws.”
On January 10, the UAE began importing goods from Israeli settlement products, which are located on occupied Palestinian land.
During 2020, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco will each issue their relations with Israel, after Jordan (1994) and Egypt (1979).
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