The Palestinians face a new nightmare with the potential to lose their voice in the settlement of the dispute, while the Arab countries shake hands with Israel one after another.
When the unmarked UAE plane landed on the runway of Tel Aviv airport one night in May, carrying 16 tons of medical aid to Palestine, the shipment was rejected by the Palestinian leadership, citing due to having never been informed of the aid shipment. It was just a small surprise, opening to what was described as a greater humiliation months later, according to the New York Times.
Palestinian authorities said on August 13 that they had never been consulted before US President Donald Trump announced that Israel and the UAE reached a full normalization of diplomatic relations agreement, in exchange for Israel to suspend occupied areas in the West Bank.
Israel’s stopping of its territorial annexation in the West Bank is seen by many Palestinians as a soothing and tense move. Others, however, see this as a stab in the back of them from the UAE, by disrupting the unity of the Arab bloc in a decades-long conflict with Israel.
The nightmare of Palestinian territorial annexation is now turned into another, perhaps even worse, nightmare that voices and interests are completely ignored.
This approach has worked well with the Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, and now the UAE, causing them to quietly reach an agreement with Israel. Israel affected influential countries in the Arab bloc, then approached the Palestinian government.
The agreement between Israel and the UAE also reversed the order of diplomatic steps outlined in the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, adopted by the Arab League. The initiative called on Israel to withdraw from its occupied territories, restore its pre-1967 war border status, and in return, the Arabs and Muslims of the region pledged to normalize relations with Israel.