Palestinians Decry Israeli Normalization Deals with UAE and Bahrain

Cheryl Sanders
September 15, 2020

The small Gulf state of Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, is ruled by the Sunni Muslim Al Khalifa family.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the White House will host the signing ceremony of the normalization agreements.

Ahmed Majdalani, a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), informed Donia Al-Watan that the Gulf temptations were "false and fabricated allegations aimed at misleading the Palestinian state", contacting the Palestinian media "not to promote such lies".

"We adhere to the constants of the Bahraini people regarding the just Palestinian cause and the provisions of the constitution that criminalize normalisation with the Zionist entity, in accordance with the official and popular Arab and Islamic consensus rejecting normalisation with this criminal entity", said the groups. The first two Arab countries that recognised Israel were Egypt and Jordan, in 1979 and 1994, respectively.

As a result, the signatories pointed out, nothing arising from the normalisation deal will have any popular legitimacy. The development comes in the wake of Palestinian anger over recent US-sponsored agreements between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Israel to normalize their relations. "Generations of Bahrainis have believed in the just nature of the Palestinian cause", they concluded.

A week ago, an Arab League ministerial meeting failed to adopt a Palestinian draft condemning the UAE-Israel normalization deal.

Bahrain on Friday said it would normalise relations with Israel, following the path of the UAE who declared it would do the same a month ago, in moves forged partly through shared fears of Iran.

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