Israel-Bahrain Peace Does Not Help Palestine
Windowofworld.com – The move to open diplomacy between Bahrain and Israel following in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will do little to help the Palestine. It will only benefit the President of the United States (US) Donald Trump and his coalition, Israel.
The Palestinian government was furious with the Bahrain-Israel agreement. The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs withdrew its ambassador in Bahrain for consultation. The official statement from the Palestinian leadership speaks of “the immense harm inflicted on the fundamental national rights of the Palestinian people and the collective Arab action”.
“We are very disappointed,” said Sari Nusseibeh, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) official. “I don’t think they are any more disappointed than the past of the Arab world in general. Palestinians have always complained that the Arab world is not standing behind them, even though they should, “he said.
Hamas, the Islamic militant group that controls Gaza, said the move was a huge loss for the Palestinian cause. Palestinians demonstrate in the Gaza Strip. They burned photos of US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu, Bahrain’s King King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, and UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nayhan.
“We are fighting against the normalization virus and blockading all steps before successful (Bahrain-Israel diplomacy) attempts to prevent it from spreading,” said Hamas official Maher al-Holy.
PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat revealed that diplomatic pressure would not achieve peace if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was not resolved first. “The Bahrain, Israel and US agreement to normalize relations is part of the package in the region, but it is not about peace. It’s just relations between countries. We are seeing an alliance, a military alliance being created in the region, “he said.
Yet Palestine has long relied on a unified Arab response in the matter of Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied territories and acceptance of the Palestinian state. In fact, Palestine is not a central issue in the Middle East today since the Arab Spring rocked some time ago and the Syrian War. At the same time, the tension between Saudi Arabia, which is supported by the US and Iran, which is supported by Russia, has fueled tensions continuously.
“There are many problems in the Arab world ranging from tensions, revolutions, civil wars, tensions between Arab countries themselves,” said Palestinian analyst Ghassan Khatib. “Palestine now has to pay a heavy price for the division of the Arab world,” he said.
Palestine wants the Arab world to be one voice for a solution to make Palestine a sovereign state and find solutions for millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants. “We hope the Arab state sticks to that consensus,” said Jibril Rajoub, a senior Palestinian official. When the Arab world violates that consensus, they will be isolated for a long period of time.
It is the President of the United States (US) Donald Trump who is very ambitious to realize the ambition to make peace between Israel and Arab countries. By inviting Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel, this is considered an achievement ahead of the presidential election in November. This happened after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also agreed to normalize diplomacy with Israel under the pretext of peace in Palestine.
“The second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days,” Trump said.
For decades, most Arab states boycotted Israel and insisted that they would only establish relations after the dispute with Palestine was resolved. “Another historic breakthrough!” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Two of our good friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agreed on a Peace Agreement,” he said.
Trump also posted a copy of the joint statement between the three leaders of the country – Trump, Netanyahu, and Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa. “This is a historic breakthrough for further peace in the Middle East,” which will “enhance stability, security and prosperity in the region”, the statement said. Trump will chair the official signing ceremony for the Israel-UAE agreement at the White House next Tuesday.
President Trump helped broker both deals. Earlier, in January, he presented his plan to create peace in the Middle East aimed at resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Bahrain is the fourth Arab country in the Middle East after the UAE, Egypt and Jordan to recognize the state of Israel since its founding in 1948. Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu said he was pleased that another peace agreement had been reached with an Arab country.
“This is a new era of peace. Peace for peace. Economy for economy. We have been working for peace for many years and now peace will bear fruit for our efforts, ”said Netanyahu.
The UAE welcomes this move. Its foreign ministry said the normalization of Israel’s relations with Bahrain was “an important and historic achievement which will make a major contribution to the stability and prosperity of the region”.
Many are waiting for the response of Saudi Arabia. There has been no indication that the kingdom is ready to follow in the footsteps of Bahrain and the UAE. Prior to the announcement of the UAE-Israel agreement in August, which included the suspension of Israel’s controversial plans to annex parts of the West Bank they control, Israel had no diplomatic ties with countries in the Arab Gulf.
Last month there was a first official flight from Israel to the UAE in what was seen as a major step towards normalizing relations.