Opinion: Israel-UAE deal means goodbye to independent Palestinian state

Article Link: https://www.dw.com/en/opinion-israel-uae-deal-means-goodbye-to-independent-palestinian-state/a-54574796

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

The US has orchestrated a diplomatic rapprochement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. What is good for the region, however, leaves one tragic loser, says DW’s Rainer Sollich. You don’t have to agree with the choice of words, but Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ assessment was spot on: The historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a “betrayal” of Palestinian interests. Although the deal that Abu Dhabi agreed to requires a suspension of Israel’s annexation plans in the occupied territories, it does nothing to end them — as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately pointed out after the agreement was signed.