Palestinian leaders are angered by the announcement of two US-mediated Gulf states to normalize relations with Israel. They are also accusing Arab League of inaction against the Arab League. After the weekly cabinet meeting on Monday (14 September), Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtayi said that his government would recommend President Mahmoud Abbas to reconsider relations with the Arab League. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.
The UAE, the third Arab state after Egypt in 1969 and Jordan in 1994, announced on August 13 the signing of an American-Brocade Agreement to normalize relations with Israel. Last week, the Arab League failed to approve a resolution brought by the Palestinian Authority condemning the agreement. Following the failure of the coalition, Bahrain announced on 11 September that it would become the fourth Arab state to normalize relations with Israel.
The signing ceremony will be held at the White House on September 15 (Tuesday) to normalize relations with Israel. It will include US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdul Latif al-Zayani.
After a weekly cabinet meeting on Monday, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Ishtaih said, “Tuesday is going to be a terrible day in the history of the Arab world and the Arab League as an institution will be defeated.” He said that the Arab League has become a symbol of Arab inaction.
Palestinian leaders have demanded Israel illegally occupy all areas in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem since the 1967 war, and establish an independent Palestinian state there. The Arab League has long called for the illegal removal from the region in exchange for normalizing relations with Israel. In 2002, the coalition’s Arab Peace Initiative called for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state of East Jerusalem as its capital. But Israel never took the initiative to implement that resolution. And while most Arab states have publicly stated that they are committed to the initiative, they are still trying to reach Israel in various ways.