Algerian Parties: UAE Betraying Palestinian Cause by Normalization of Ties with Israel

Several Algerian parties showed angry reactions to the recent deal between the UAE and Israel to normalize relations, describing it as an act of betrayal and a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause.

Jibhat al-Tahrir al-Watani, one of the biggest political parties in Algeria, strongly condemned the agreement between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv as well as the silence showed by the Arab states on the deal, the Arabic-language al-Ray al-Youm newspaper reported on Saturday.

“The agreement will remain in the history as a shameful stain on the forehead of its signers,” the party said in a statement.

Also, Mojtama al-Salam, the biggest Islamic party affiliated to Ikhwan al-Muslimoun (Muslim brotherhood), warned of harms that the deal will inflict on the Palestinian cause and the regional stability, calling for extraordinary meetings of the Arab League and the Arab Parliaments to take a position against normalization of ties with the Zionist regime.

Meantime, al-Horriyat and Idalat party of Algeria in a statement condemned the UAE-Israel deal, calling it as another stab on the back of the Arab nations and betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

The party noted that the normalization agreement is a clear violation of the Arab League’s charter, and stressed the need for strengthening the financial, political and military power of the Palestinian nation to resist against Israel.

Trump on Thursday announced a deal brokered by his government between Isreal and the UAE which he said would lead to full normalization of ties between the two.

Critics see the deal as the latest attempt by Trump to save his presidential campaign against the Democrat Joe Biden.

Palestinians have reacted with shock and dismay after Trump unveiled an agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize ties.

The deal pledges full normalisation of relationships between the two countries in the areas of security, tourism, technology and trade in return for suspending Israel’s annexation plans in the West Bank.

Both the Palestinian leadership and public were caught by surprise when the announcement came on Thursday.

“We absolutely had no prior knowledge of this agreement,” Ahmed Majdalani, the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) minister of social affairs, told Al-Jazeera, adding, “The timing and speed of reaching this agreement were surprising, especially that it came at a critical moment in the Palestinian struggle.”

Former PA minister Munib al-Masri noted Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who ruled Abu Dhabi for more than 30 years before his death in 2004, had always been a strong supporter of the Palestinians.

“The late Sheikh Zayed was a dear brother to me, I knew how much he was proud of his support for Palestine… I never imagined that in my lifetime I would see the day in which the UAE would simply sell the Palestinians out for the sake of normalisation,” al-Masri said, noting, “It’s very shameful. I can’t believe it until now.”

Other Palestinian officials announced though the news came abruptly, it was not much of a surprise.

“We were not surprised that much because the Emirati army was never on the borders ready to fight Israel,” said Mustafa al-Barghouti, leader of the Palestinian National Initiative and member of the PA parliament.

“We’ve been seeing recent strange moves by the UAE such as sending direct flights to Israel, and there were leaks of secret accords between the two in terms of scientific and economic cooperation. It is clear that these were preliminary steps to absorb yesterday’s shock,” he added.

The PA and all Palestinian factions, including Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, issued official statements denouncing the UAE-Israel agreement. Palestinian leaders who spoke to Al-Jazeera called it a “stab in the back”.

“We already knew that there has been normalisation going under the table, but to formalise and legalise it that way at this critical moment is shocking. It’s a stab in our back and the back of all Arab nations,” stated Majida al-Masri, former PA minister of social affairs.

Al-Barghouti emphasised the deal “doesn’t introduce any change or progress, it’s far from being genuine peace”. 

“This is an attempt to enforce the ‘Deal of the Century’ that aims to liquidate Palestinian national rights, it represents a denial of Palestinian, Arab and Islamic rights,” he continued.

Palestinian leaders stated the deal was “a free gift to Israel” and was made to help the re-election of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The UAE’s position, in terms of its timing and essence, can only be understood as giving Israel leverage for free,” said Wasel Abu Yousef, member of the PLO’s Executive Committee and leader of the Palestine Liberation Front, adding, “There’s no reasonable justification for it except that it gives more power to the occupation and increases its crimes against the Palestinians.”

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