Reports on Arab networks: Ambassadors of the Palestinian Authority will return to the Emirates and Bahrain


Following the Palestinian outrage over the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain following the normalization with Israel, the Al-Arabiya network and the Palestinian Shihab Agency reported tonight (Wednesday) that the Palestinian ambassadors will be returned to both countries. Apparently, this is another wink from Ramallah to US President-elect Joe Biden and his men after the restoration of security coordination with Israel.

A senior Hamas official in Osem Naim responded this evening to restoring security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel: “Hopes for internal Palestinian reconciliation have evaporated because of personal interests represented in restoring security coordination with Israel.”

“Normalization causes great damage to the Palestinian issue”

Following the establishment of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, the Palestinian leadership then called on Bahrain to withdraw immediately from the peace agreement: “This is a very dangerous step that will harm the Arab peace initiative.” In addition, the head of the PLO Executive Committee, Saeb Erekat, who has since passed away, said that the Palestinian ambassador to Manama had been instructed to leave Bahrain.

The PLO also condemned the agreement, calling it a “betrayal.”

Hamas terrorist spokesman Hazem Qassem reacted angrily: “Countries that join normalization with Israel are becoming partners in the century program, which is aggression against our people. Normalization causes great damage to the Palestinian issue and supports the occupation and the Zionist narrative.”

In Iran, Bahrain’s neighbor, too, they rushed to attack the agreement. Amir Abdullahian, an adviser on international affairs to Iranian parliamentary speaker Mohammad Bakr Kalibaf, said: The reckless rulers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates do not have to pave the way for Zionists in the region. “Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates need to think about the difficult days ahead and draw lessons from history.”

On the other hand, the moderate Sunni states welcomed the Abrahamic agreements. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi issued a brief statement on his behalf referring to the agreement between Israel and Bahrain stating that “the agreement between Israel and Bahrain is a step towards achieving a just and long-term agreement on the Palestinian issue.” Al-Sisi also telephoned King of Bahrain Hamed bin Issa al-Khalifa. “The peace agreement with Israel will increase the chances of achieving peace in the Middle East,” al-Sisi told King Hamed.

Emirates Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hind al-Utayba responded at the time: “We congratulate Bahrain and Israel on their decision to establish full diplomatic relations. This day is another significant and historic achievement that will greatly contribute to the stability and prosperity of the region.”

The Palestinian conduct has also led to unprecedented criticism from Riyadh. Saudi Prince Bender bin Sultan, who previously served as Saudi ambassador to Washington and chaired the kingdom’s National Security Council, described the Palestinian response to the Abrahamic agreements as “unacceptable and obscene.”

He added that “launching such a low-level verbal attack against the Gulf states as Abu Mazen and his men did caused us great pain and sorrow. The corrupt Palestinian leadership that has only done harm to the Palestinian interests is the one who is betraying its people.”


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