At the same time, the crisis between the United Arab Emirates and the Palestinian Authority has intensified. For example, the emirate’s support for Muhammad Dahlan, Abu Mazen’s opponent, provoked resentment in Ramallah. Added to this were normalization measures against Israel, some of which were carried out on the backs of Palestinians – such as the Emirati plane that recently landed at Ben Gurion Airport, with medical assistance allegedly intended for the Palestinian Authority, which refused to accept it at all.
In a statement following the breakthrough with Israel, the Emirates expressed support for the Palestinians and a commitment to promote the establishment of a Palestinian state, but this did not translate into practical demands from Israel. In the past, the Gulf states have set concrete steps as a condition for normalization that will indicate real progress toward a two-state solution and an Israeli commitment to achieving it. The UAE seems to have given up on that, for now.