(September 9, 2020 / JNS) Ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the Arab League in Cairo to discuss the Israel-United Arab Emirates normalization agreement, the Palestinian leadership has toned down its criticism of the move.
While the Palestinian Authority has harshly criticized the UAE since the deal was announced on Aug. 13, a draft resolution by the P.A. seen by Reuters does not condemn or call for action against the UAE.
The Palestinian draft says the accord “doesn’t diminish Arab consensus over the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian cause is the cause of the entire Arab nation,” according to Reuters.
“The trilateral announcement doesn’t change the principal Arab vision based on the fact that the two-state solution on the 1967 borders is the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East,” it stated.
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday also banned any offensive criticism toward any Arab leaders, according to the report.
Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh last month called the normalization deal “treason” and demanded that the UAE cancel it.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported at the time that P.A. Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki announced that following Abbas’s order, the P.A.’s ambassador to the UAE would be recalled.
On Monday, Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf Secretary-General Nayef al-Hajraf demanded an apology from the Palestinian leadership.
“I condemn the irresponsible language that included incitement and threats,” said al-Hajraf.
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