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Emirates warns Israel unusually about the annexation of settlements in the West Bank

June 12, 2020

The United Arab Emirates issued an unusual warning to Israel on Friday, saying that its attempt to consolidate the integration of Israeli settlements into the West Bank will make normal relations with Arab countries impossible.

The announcement was released by the United States ambassador to the United States, Yusef al Otaiba, in a column of opinion in the Israeli newspaper “Yedioth Ahronoth”, describing the Israeli initiative as “one-sided and deliberate act like the takeover”. Illegal Palestinian Country, “that” contradicts the Arab and indeed the international consensus on the Palestinian right of self-determination “.

The announcement carries the additional burden that the Emirates has become an important intermediary between Israel and the Arab countries in recent years. Although they have no formal diplomatic ties, Al Otaiba was present at the White House last January when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump presented their unilateral Middle East peace plan, which was immediately excluded from the Palestinians.

Emirates warns Israel unusually about the annexation of settlements in the West BankEmirates warns Israel unusually about the annexation of settlements in the West Bank

“The Israeli annexation plans contradict any desire for normalization,” added Al Otaiba to a decision that will only “ignite the flame of violence, awaken extremists, and cause shock waves throughout the region in Jordan, whose stability is always taken for granted and benefits the entire region, particularly Israel. “