Sep 10, 2020 07:09 UTC
  • Arab League refuses to pass Palestinian resolution against UAE-Israel normalization deal

The Arab League has refused to approve a draft resolution put forth by the Palestinian Authority that would condemn the normalization deal between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel.

According to Press TV, a video conference meeting of Arab foreign ministers was held on Wednesday for talks on the highly controversial Israel-UAE peace deal, which was brokered by the White House last month.

“After a three-hour debate, some Arab countries refused to include [a] statement condemning [the UAE] for abandoning Arab decisions,” Palestinian Authority Representative to the Arab League Muhannad al-Aklouk told Ma’an News afterwards, referring to the long-standing Arab consensus over a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict along the 1967 borders.

Additionally, he said, “they struck out a clause which discussed the trilateral agreement” between the US, Israel and the UAE, which was announced by the White House on August 13.

Arab League Assistant Secretary General Hossam Zaki also told reporters that the “discussions regarding this point were serious. It was comprehensive and took some time. But it did not lead in the end to agreement about the draft resolution that was proposed by the Palestinian side.”

He blamed the Palestinians for the failure of the pan-Arab body to endorse the resolution, claiming they had insisted that they would either accept a condemnation or no statement at all.