In Blow to Palestinians, Arab League Drops Resolution Condemning UAE–Israel Deal

September 10, 2020
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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki

Thursday, 10 September 2020 | The Arab League rejected on Wednesday a Palestinian proposal condemning the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a Palestinian diplomatic source said on Wednesday, according to Middle East news agencies.

According to the source, both the Palestinians and Arab countries agreed to exclude a clear condemnation of the UAE–Israel deal, he said.

Arab League Secretary–General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said that the peace plan included in the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which conditions normalization with Israel on complete withdrawal to pre-1967 borders, remains the basic plan agreed upon by the Arabs to achieve a comprehensive and just peace between the Palestinians and Israel.

The diplomatic source said some Arab states, however, attempted to add some provisions to give a form of legitimacy to the normalization deal. He did not name these countries.

“In response, Palestine presented a draft resolution that condemns the UAE–Israel normalization deal,” the source said. “The Arab countries, however, voted down the draft.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called on the Arab countries to reject the UAE–Israel normalization deal.

On August 13, the UAE and Israel announced a US-brokered agreement to normalize relations, including opening mutual embassies. The two Middle East states are set to sign the official agreement at the White House on September 13.

Posted on September 10, 2020

Source: (This article was originally published by Ynetnews on September 9, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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