The UAE’s breakthrough in the regional deadlock

Dr.salem Al ketbi
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It is no secret that the Palestinian question is at a complicated historical crossroads. For several months now, its destiny has been played out in the unknown. All Palestinian channels of communication with the Israeli and US sides have been paralyzed the day after Tel Aviv announced its intention to annex Palestinian territories. In the current situation, the chances of dialogue and the resumption of negotiations on any issue of the peace process are slim.

It is no secret either that the Palestinian people have recently felt more suffering; the prospects for a political solution are dim and international actors have suspended financial aid.

There is also no denying that most of the Arab and international parties supporting the Palestinian people and cause have been gripped by their internal concerns in recent times, amid the disasters and economic and human losses wreaked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Parallel to this strategic reality, not reassuring for the Palestinian cause and people, the diplomacy of the UAE has striven to lay the groundwork for regional security and stability, solidify Arab national security and address the various sources of threat hanging over all Arab societies. There was no alternative to a qualitative breakthrough.

The UAE is not a country that wants to make a role for itself. Its sensible leadership stands aloof from political noise and media hype. Rather, it focuses on what guarantees the security and interests of Arab societies and states, regardless of the misleading claims and false allegations made by the enemies of the Arab people, whose motives we all know.

By definition, diplomacy is the art of negotiating for rights. Diplomacy is also that sine qua non of politics that must be maintained with others and not disrupted. This explains the UAE’s willingness to avoid negotiations on the Palestinian question—even if they are absent, inflexible or neglected—go down the drain.

Breaking off all contact and dialogue on the chances of a settlement is the real danger on the future of the Palestinian people.

The UAE and Israel have reached an agreement that preserves the channels of communication with the Israeli government, under which Israel has committed itself to stop annexing Palestinian territories.

The UAE has done so in support of the Palestinian cause and to safeguard the chances of a peaceful political solution and the rights of the Palestinian people. Their rights have fallen by the wayside because of their insistence on fruitless choices throughout the last seven decades of this long-standing conflict.

All this time, the Palestinians have gained only part of their rights through negotiations, dialogues and breakthroughs that have been achieved through major political initiatives, although they have always faced suspicion and bad faith from extremists, hardliners and hijackers of the cause.

The UAE is an influential Arab country that has always upheld Arab interests, peoples, and causes. It cannot risk this status in lost cases. A state with deep-rooted values and principles does not engage in fleeting propaganda. It sets milestones for security and stability and works with sincere intentions and transparency.

Its orientations are clear to everyone. The UAE is hostile to extremist and terrorist ideas and organizations. It is committed to the values of tolerance, coexistence and acceptance of others and sees this as the best way to bring about development and security for people.

By making a historic agreement with Israel, the Emirates is acting in the interest of the Palestinian people, the people of the region and the world. The UAE is putting out the fire in this dangerous hotbed of tension and conflict where terrorist groups and their sponsoring regimes are stirring up chaos and unrest.

The UAE is leveraging its role and sense of national responsibility to remove the risk of violence spiraling out of control if Israel went on with the decision to annex Palestinian territories.

In this way, it has provided the Palestinian people and leaders with a lifeline to preserve their rights, reopen avenues for a political settlement of the issue and create new opportunities for the peace process that was almost hopeless.

The UAE has no choice but to invest its wealth, resources and political means to remedy these difficult situations. Since 2011, the UAE bears the heavy responsibility of countering the sources of danger and the threat of chaos in the Arab world.

The country continues its efforts in the tradition of the founding leader, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The leader set out to support Egypt in the war of October 6, 1973. He had then stated his famous words: “Arab oil’s worth not more than Arab blood. ” Barely two years after its foundation, the UAE displayed, at such a pivotal moment in its history, that it was an active and responsible member of the Arab community and the global collective.

History teaches us that the relationship and unwavering support of the UAE to the Palestinian people in asserting their legitimate rights, including their right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, cannot be questioned.

The UAE has never wavered in its support for the Palestinian people in their plight. It has provided them with all forms of support at all stages of their just cause. Their dedication to this cause remains unchanged among their foreign policy priorities. They can only act within this framework, in order to preserve the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

Direct bilateral relations with Israel will enable it to play an active and influential role in the security and stability of the region, in cooperation with sister Arab states. They will also promote a serious dialogue between the Palestinian and Israeli sides with a view to reaching a just political settlement.

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