News ID: 318688
Published: 0252 GMT December 13, 2021

Islamic Jihad blasts Israeli PM reception in UAE as ‘betrayal of Palestine’

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement strongly condemned the United Arab Emirates (UAE) officials over receiving Naftali Bennett, Israel’s prime minister, stressing that any normalization and alliance with the Tel Aviv regime amounts to “betrayal of Palestine.”

“Bennett’s reception would help the criminal [Israeli] regime beef up its security and would be an attempt to legitimize the regime’s false existence, wash the hands stained with the blood of Palestinian children and innocent people, and exonerate Israeli murderers and terrorists from their crimes against the entire Palestinian nation,” the movement said in a statement released on Monday, Press TV reported.

The Israeli prime minister met the UAE’s de facto ruler on Monday after becoming the first leader of the Israeli regime to visit the Persian Gulf state, more than a year after the two sides agreed to establish formal relations under a US-brokered deal.

Bennett had a meeting with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (MBZ) at his private palace, Israeli officials said, following the premier’s arrival in the Emirati capital late on Sunday.

The UAE officially inaugurated its embassy in Israel on July 14. The inauguration ceremony was hosted by the UAE’s ambassador to Israel, Mohammad al-Khaja, with the regime’s president, Isaac Herzog, in attendance.

Israel opened its embassy in the Emirati capital in late June.

Since they signed the normalization agreement in August last year, Israel and the UAE have signed a raft of deals in various areas, ranging from tourism to aviation and financial services.

In March, a planned official visit by then-Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to the UAE was canceled due to a “dispute” with Jordan over the use of its airspace, according to Israeli officials.

Meanwhile, a member of the Palestinian Fatah movement’s Central Committee also censured MBZ as “a traitor” to the Palestinian cause, saying the United Arab Emirates must be expelled from the Arab League due to normalization with Israel.

Abbas Zaki said if the UAE’s doors are opened to “naturalize the Zionists, you will perish.”

“The people of the Emirates are free and great and we do not attribute this betrayal of them, because the only traitor is Mohammed bin Zayed,” Zaki stated.


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