Palestine accuses UAE of betrayal in light of normalization with Israel

# 07:21
14 August 2020

 The Palestinian leadership on Thursday has blasted the United Arab Emirates’ move to normalize relations with Israel as betrayal, APA reports citing TASS.

Following an urgent meeting convened by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, his spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh described the deal between the UAE and Israel "on normalization of relations under the US sponsorship is a betrayal of [Islamic shrine] Al-Aqsa, Jerusalem and the Palestinian affair."

He also added, "Palestinians will remain united in the face of this unjust step <…> and warn [our Arab] brothers not to succumb to the American pressure and not follow the Emirati footsteps."

The Palestinian leadership rejected the UAE move, blasting it as a step towards "destruction of the Arab Peace Initiative." "We declare resolute rejection and condemnation of the trilateral statement that came as a surprise to us and demand that the UAE to immediately forsake this shameful agreement," spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh underlined.