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‘Treacherous blow’: Palestinian teams denounce Bahrain-Israel peace deal

‘Treacherous blow’: Palestinian groups denounce Bahrain-Israel peace deal


Palestinian factions, from the PLO to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have condemned Bahrain’s determination to hitch the UAE in recognizing Israel, calling it a betrayal of the Palestinian trigger.

US President Donald Trump introduced on Friday that Bahrain will be part of the Emirates in signing a declaration of peace with Israel subsequent week. The UAE had agreed to acknowledge Israel final month, the primary Arab nation to take action in 26 years.

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The settlement is “one other treacherous blow to the Palestinian trigger,” mentioned the Palestinian Liberation Group (PLO), also referred to as Fatah.

Bahrain’s step is “extraordinarily harmful” and “torpedoes the Arab peace initiative, the selections of the Arab and Islamic summits, and worldwide legitimacy,” the PLO added, calling on Manama to “instantly retreat from this step that causes nice hurt to the inalienable nationwide rights of the Palestinian folks.”

In response, the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority recalled for consultations its ambassador from Bahrain on Friday, in keeping with the Turkish Anadolu Company.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, described the settlement as a “political crime” and a “catastrophic failure to learn the Zionist pattern towards the area.”

That is apparently a reference to the proposed plan for Palestinian statehood, put ahead by Trump earlier this 12 months, which all Palestinian factions have rejected out of hand.

One other Gaza-based faction, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, referred to as the settlement “treacherous” and mentioned it revealed the “falsehood of Bahraini regime and its illegitimate rulers.”

Bahrain’s ruling al-Khalifa household is Sunni and has ties to Saudi Arabia, whereas nearly all of the Gulf nation’s inhabitants are Shia Muslims.

Comparable reactions got here from Iran’s former Deputy Overseas Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who additionally served as overseas coverage adviser to Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament till Could. He referred to as the Bahraini settlement with the “Zionist entity” a “nice betrayal within the liberation of Al-Quds” – the Arabic identify for Jerusalem.

“The reckless shouldn’t pave the best way for the Zionist agenda. They need to take into consideration the tough days forward and draw classes from historical past. Tomorrow it will likely be [too] late,” Amir-Abdollahian tweeted, including, “The American lifeline has been corroding for years.”

Arab and Muslim international locations make up nearly all of 29 UN members which have refused to acknowledge Israel for the reason that Jewish state was declared in 1948. 

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