UAE-Israel deal only serves Trump, Netanyahu: Hamas
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has condemned the recent US-brokered agreement between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel, describing US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the sole beneficiaries of the accord.
Ismail Haniyeh, the political bureau chief of Hamas, made the comments during an exclusive interview with Lebanon’s al-Manar television network on Tuesday night.
Haniyeh decried Abu Dhabi’s decision to normalize relations with Israel as “unjustifiable,” saying that the deal serves the interests of neither the Palestinian nation nor the UAE itself, but rather benefits Trump and Netanyahu.
He noted that Palestinians must unite against Israel’s settlement expansion policies as well as its plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, adding a recent conference held by leaders of various Palestinian factions came in the same context.
Abu Dhabi claims the normalization deal, which was announced by the White House on August 13, is a successful means to stave off annexation and save the so-called two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israeli leaders have lined up to reject the bluff, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the deal has only put the annexation plan on hold and the scheme is not off the table.
The Palestinians have vehemently censured the UAE-Israel peace deal, which runs counter to a long-standing Arab consensus that any normalization of ties with the Tel Aviv regime has to come in the context of the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state.
They say the UAE, as an important Arab player in the region, has stabbed fellow Palestinians in the back.
Observers say the UAE deal with Israel only rewards the Zionist regime for only pausing the annexation of occupied Palestinian territories that the international community considers illegal, rather than for moving forward a so-called peace process that brings an end to occupation.
The UAE-Israel agreement has been shaped by the US and Israel, which have shown no interest in ending Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
Experts say rather than delivering peace, this deal is likely to exacerbate tensions in the Middle East and only store up greater problems for the future.
Despite being hailed as a “peace deal,” the agreement will more likely prolong ongoing regional wars. It will intensify conflict in those contested zones of the Middle East.