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United Arab Emirates Peace Agreement

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This week we received copies of the agreement that I read in all three languages (Arabic, Hebrew and English) and I discovered a few elements. First, those who wrote it in different languages adapted it to their audience. While in English and Hebrew they repeated the word « normalization » several times, it is not even mentioned in Arabic. This is a matter of establishing diplomatic relations, not a peace agreement. The word « annexation » (the Occupied Palestinian Territory) is not even mentioned. On August 16, 2020, the editorial staff of the Financial Times wrote that the agreement, instead of bringing peace, will likely worsen palestinians` sense of despair and create further problems in the future, as Israeli and US authorities « have shown no interest in a fair solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. » [165] India welcomed the agreement, saying that the two nations are its allies and has always supported peace and prosperity in West Asia. Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said earlier that UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan had called him to discuss the deal. [125] Tomorrow, the Israeli parliament will vote on the agreement to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates. A large majority will be in favour of an extremely positive step towards the Israeli Government`s objectives: the maintenance of its systematic violations of international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. Parliamentarians who believe in justice and equality will vote against this agreement. But I fear that we are a tiny minority.

Desiring to establish, in accordance with the present Treaty, peace, diplomatic and friendly relations, cooperation and the complete normalization of relations between them and their peoples, and to create together a new path to unleash the immense potential of their countries and the region, but, regardless of the themes of the agreement, the Palestinian response does not seem, to a large extent, be commensurate with the current political situation. It is unclear why a reconciliation agreement between the UAE and Israel would constitute a betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa and the Palestinian cause. Moreover, a normalization agreement with Israel is not an authorization for the United Arab Emirates to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people and interfere in Palestinian affairs. or act on their behalf with respect to their legitimate rights in their country of origin….

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