0941 GMT May 06, 2021
Dozens of people raided the UAE Embassy in the Libyan capital city of Tripoli on Saturday to express their outrage over the normalization pact between the Persian Gulf country and Tel Aviv, Press TV reported.
A number of protesters threw petrol bombs at the diplomatic mission, denouncing Abu Dhabi’s deal as “shameful.”
Meanwhile, Palestinian Ambassador to the UAE Essam Masalha “is returning home”, Secretary-General of the Central Committee of Fatah movement Jibril Rajoub said.
Masalha will never go back to the Persian Gulf Arab country, he said.
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates said on Thursday it had recalled its ambassador to the UAE.
Rajoub said former member of Fatah Central Committee Mohammed Dahlan had helped broker the normalization pact, without providing any details.
Various Palestinian factions in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip have roundly condemned the normalization deal between the UAE and the Tel Aviv regime.
Across the world, Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn criticized the deal, suggesting Abu Dhabi was selling out the Palestinian cause and abandoning its Palestinian brethren.
“I think you can’t just let your own brothers down in order to pursue economic interests and perhaps also have more security for yourself,” Asselborn told German-language Deutschlandfunk radio station.
“The Palestinians, the Palestinian people, who are Arabs, are really caught between the ropes,” he added.
The veteran statesman said there had been indications for a long time that solidarity with Palestinians was no longer a priority in the Arab world, especially in the Persian Gulf region.
The diplomat also dismissed the UAE's initial declaration that Israel would suspend its annexation of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank as part of the deal.
Kuwait’s firm stance
Kuwait has emphasized that the Persian Gulf kingdom will continue to uphold its firm stance against normalizing relations with Israel.
The Arabic-language Al-Qabas daily newspaper, citing informed government sources, reported that Kuwait would be the last to normalize relations with Israel, after a fair and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue was realized.
“Kuwait’s position is consistent with its foreign policy approach established for decades in support of the Palestinian cause. It is the Arab world’s issue, and accepts its resolution once the Palestinians do. This official stance is in line with the popular discourse rejecting normalization with the usurping Zionist regime, based on the decree of the late emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Salim Al Sabah,” the sources noted.
According to the officials, the rejection of normalization with Israel is enshrined in Kuwait's Constitution, which was signed into law in 1962.
Major political parties in Kuwait have strongly denounced the agreement, terming it as an “act of treason” and “a crime against the Palestinian cause, its nation as well as Arab and Muslim peoples.”
The parties said in a joint statement that the pact comes at the time when “the Zionist regime persists in its criminal practices against the Palestinian nation, either through direct or indirect acts of aggression, arrests and humiliates Palestinians, steals their lands, desecrates Al-Aqsa Mosque, and constructs settlements and displaces local residents amid utter silence of Arabs except for a number of muffled voices.”
The Kuwaiti parties also called the agreement “unjustified and useless to the Emirati nation besides Arab and Muslim peoples.”
Palestinians denounced the deal, while Saudi Arabia and Qatar have remained silent.
In Turkey, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) criticized the deal as "political suicide".
“Putting ‘normalization’ on the agenda without considering Israel's aggression in East Al-Quds and the occupied West Bank and mentioning the Palestine state with East Al-Quds as its capital means accepting Israeli aggression,” party spokesman Omer Celik tweeted.
Celik said the UAE move should be viewed along with its policies in Yemen and Libya, emphasizing that Abu Dhabi is sowing the seeds of hatred within communities in the Middle East.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey was considering suspending diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates and withdrawing its ambassador.
AL urged to condemn deal or resign
Secretary-General of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat called for Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit to either denounce the UAE-Israel normalization deal or step down.
“If he is not able to issue a statement condemning the UAE-Israeli normalization pact, he should resign then,” Arabic-language Quds Press International News Agency quoted Erekat as saying.
The senior Palestinian official underlined that Palestinians can decide the fate of their own homeland, saying the normalization agreement was a “stab in the back of Palestinians.”
Erekat added that Abu Dhabi broke off its relations with Palestine back in 2014, adding he was not “surprised with its deal with the Israeli regime.”
The veteran Palestinian negotiator denounced the UAE's agreement as “accession to the Zionist scheme.”
“If you are a sovereign state, you should clarify your interest in the normalization deal with Israel,” Erekat challenged the UAE.