On Wednesday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called on the Arab countries to reject the Israeli-Emirati normalization agreement.
“We reject the step of the Emirati normalization, and we hope that you will not accept it,” Al-Maliki said in a speech during his presidency of the meeting of the League of Arab States Council at the level of foreign ministers, which was held virtually.
He added, “As if what the occupation is doing to us and the American administration is not sufficient for us until the free (Emirati-Israeli) declaration of normalization comes.”
On August 13, the UAE and Israel reached an agreement to normalize relations between them, which was rejected by the leadership and the Palestinian factions.
Al-Maliki described the normalization agreement as “the earthquake that struck the Arab position.”
He added, “The American-Israeli-Emirati tripartite declaration was that earthquake, and instead of placating us, we found our situation defending ourselves and our cause, and the situation turned so that we became the rioters, and those who blame them.”
He explained that Palestine requested an emergency meeting to discuss the normalization agreement, but an Arab country (he did not mention it) objected and requested that it be replaced by the regular session.
He added, “When we agreed to that, we were surprised again that the same country objected to our request to add an item to what was new, while another country threatened to submit an alternative draft resolution.”
Arab newspapers had said that the State of Bahrain was the one that objected to holding the emergency meeting, which Palestine demanded.
In his speech, Al-Maliki pointed out that the Israeli postponement of plans to annex lands in the West Bank was not a result of the normalization agreement with the Emirates.
The Palestinian foreign minister thanked the Arab countries, which he said had “rejected the US Secretary of State’s blackmail to rush toward normalization.”
He described the US administration as “the exclusive agent for normalization with the occupying power.”
Al-Maliki criticized the failure of the Arab countries to implement their decisions regarding Palestine.
In this regard, he said, “The words failed to explain the reasons for non-compliance and implementation of decisions related to Palestine, whether it was financially linked to providing a financial safety net, or the political positions of the American administration, starting with the transfer of the embassy and the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and ending with the deal of the century.”
He renewed the demand for commitment to the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, which links normalization with the Israeli withdrawal from the territories occupied in 1967.
“In this case, what is our response to someone who violates it (the Arab initiative) and does not abide by it? Is it for presentation or for imposition? If it is for presentation, it is necessary to know in order to decide what to do, and if it is for imposition, then what is the procedure imposed on those who leave it? He ignores it and works against it? “, Referring to the UAE.