Palestinians reject Israel-Bahrain deal

Tuesday, 15 Sep, 2020

The signing of an agreement is scheduled to take place at the White House as soon as next Tuesday. "This is a truly historic day".

"The disgraceful move by Al Khalifa and the vassal ruling regime in Bahrain to establish ties with the Zionist regime, which was taken against the will and cause of the Muslim people of this country, was a big folly and devoid of any legitimacy and will receive appropriate responses", the IRGC said in a statement on Saturday.

"Normalization of states in the region with Israel will not change the essence of this conflict, which is the systemic denial of the Palestinian people's inalienable right to freedom and sovereignty", said Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian official. They want to come in - they're going to want to come in because all of their friends are in. This indicates that some powerful players in the League clearly feel uneasy about condemning the deal, and thereby upsetting the US.

Shaath added, "We hope that Saudi Arabia will not join the normalization trajectory" which he calls "betrayal and shame on the part of those who agree with the worst American president and Israeli prime minister". "Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability, security, and prosperity in the region".

That hasn't stopped President Donald Trump from referring to the UAE deal, which was announced last month, as heralding a "previously unthinkable regional transformation".

In an interview with Al-Miyadin, Shaath said: "We are preparing for a new Palestinian uprising out of an internal agreement".

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It is now legal for companies in the UAE and Bahrain to do business with Israel.

Later in a conference call with reporters, Kushner said that this deal will bring these countries closer together.

There is no mention of military alliance in the deals, but many analysts see the Gulf states acting in order to give themselves extra protection from any Iranian attack. And in the three weeks since Abu Dhabi's announcement, Israeli trade delegations have visited the UAE and several putative deals have been announced.

The agreement with Bahrain has raised the possibility that Saudi Arabia - the ultimate prize in Israel's normalization drive - could follow suit.

The White House and UAE officials in Washington and NY declined to comment, the Times of Israel said. Turkey's foreign ministry said the move is damaging to the Palestinians, according to the Daily Sabah, a pro-Turkish government media outlet. From my recent travels to the region, there is clear momentum for a new Middle East.

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