The latest government in Israel has decided not to abolish the Abraham Accords, while the signatories will not pull out, other Arab nation now will not sign a peace deal with Israel, said Dr Ebtesam Al-Ketbi, the founder and president of the Emirates Policy Center.
We were looking to engage more from the Arab world and the non-Arab world… [but] the latest government is putting everybody off.
Preventing Israel from annexing the West Bank was one of the reasons cited by the UAE to justify its decision to normalize ties with Israel.
Instead of pausing annexation, though, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has handed control of the occupied West Bank to extreme far-right members of his coalition.
After the UAE was embarrassed by Israel, no further Arab state is likely to normalize relations with Tel Aviv, a senior Emirati policy analyst is reported as saying at the Herzliya Conference at Israel’s Reichman University.
The United Arab Emirates and the other signatories are embarrassed in front of the Arab people, and they have to say something.
And they want a solution for that because they invested heavily in the Abraham Accords. It’s a big loss for Israel when the Saudis side with Iran.
The United Arab Emirates is run by a federal government and local governments of the seven emirates. Their powers and roles are defined by the Constitution.
H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan is the current President of the UAE. He was elected on 14 May 2022, following the demise of his brother the late H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum is the current Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE who was also elected following the demise of his brother, Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in early 2006.
Both federal and local governments are assisted by government institutions, which work in conjunction with upper authorities such as the federal entities and ministries at the federal level and the Rulers’ Courts, the Executive Councils, the Municipalities and the Consultative Councils at the local government level.
It’s not clear which disagreement between the UAE and Israel Al-Ketbi was referring to as the source of Abu Dhabi’s embarrassment.
Since it normalized relations with the Apartheid state in 2020, Israel has continued to entrench its illegal occupation of Palestine and gone on to elect the most far-right government in its history of far-right governments.
The desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem by far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has also become a source of frustration.
In the lead up to last November’s Israeli election, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed expressed concern about the growing influence of Ben-Gvir, who was seen brandishing a gun and threatening to shoot Palestinians.
The UAE has issued repeated condemnations since then of the provocations by Israeli ministers. Relations soured in January when Netanyahu postponed his visit to Abu Dhabi following anger over the desecration of Al-Aqsa by members of his coalition
In the three years since the signing of the Abraham Accords, public support for normalizing ties with Israel has declined sharply in the Gulf.
When first polled in 2020, attitudes in the UAE and Bahrain, which also has normalized relations with Israel, were effectively split as to whether they saw the agreement in a positive or negative light.
Two years later, the percentage of those who see the agreement in a positive light is said to hover between 19% to 25% in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE. The poll was conducted before Israel elected its most extreme far-right government in history.
Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich is another outright extremist who incited terrorism against Palestinians by calling for them to be wiped out, with senior positions in his cabinet.
The decision by Saudi Arabia and Iran to restore ties following China-brokered talks is seen as a sign that the Abraham Accords have run out of steam.
The hit song, ‘Dammi Falastini’, which was recorded by Palestinian singer from Gaza, Mohammed Assaf, has been removed from Spotify and Apple Music due to accusations of anti-Semitism.
Translating into “My Blood is Palestinian”, the singer received an official email citing allegations of incitement against Israel as the reason for the song’s deletion.
According to Doha News, the removal of the song by the streaming giant came following a petition organized by pro-Zionist We Believe in Israel (WBII) to remove violent extremist anti-Semitic content which collected nearly 4,000 signatures.
Middle-East Monitor / ABC Flash-Point News 2023.