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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

The West and despotic Middle East monarchies expressed support.

Palestinians, their supporters, and Iran denounced what has nothing to do with advancing regional peace and stability, everything to do with pursuing US/Israeli imperial aims.

Israeli/UAE relations have been largely normalized for years. 

Thursday’s announcement formalized things, both countries to establish “reciprocal embassies” and appoint envoys.

As usual, the NYT’s chief foreign affairs propagandist Thomas Friedman provided misinformation and disinformation to readers — falsely calling the deal a Middle East “a geopolitical earthquake (sic).”

Netanyahu agreed only to suspend annexation of historic West Bank Palestinian land in one gulp.

Steady land theft continues, dispossessing and displacing Palestinians for exclusive Jewish development, reality Friedman ignored and suppressed.

The deal was unrelated to Israeli/UAE “peace,” as Friedman and others claimed.

Both nations have had longstanding informal ties that the agreement formalized.

Trump benefits by claiming he helped broker a deal that’s been in the works for some time.

Netanyahu benefits by continuing Palestinian land theft dunum by dunum — with no Western and at most muted regional criticism from most Arab states. 

The UAE perhaps benefits by increased trade with the Jewish state.

Egypt and Jordan have formal diplomatic relations with Israel. The Saudis and other Arab states have informal ties.

Syria, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and the Palestinians aside, Israel has been at peace with the Arab world since the 1973 Yom Kippur war.

Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said “(t)he region is at a crossroads.”

“Continued occupation and denial of the Palestinian peoples’ legitimate rights won’t bring peace or security.”

US-installed Egyptian despot Abdel Fattah el-Sisi expressed support for the deal, falsely claiming it’s a step “to halt the Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands and taking steps to bring peace in the Middle East (sic).”

It does neither!

The Saudis, Bahrain and Oman expressed support for the deal. So did Britain, France, Germany and other Western states.

Through his spokesman, pro-Western imperial tool UN secretary general Antonio Guterres “welcome(d) this agreement, hoping it will create an opportunity for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to re-engage in meaningful negotiations that will realize a two state-solution in line with relevant UN resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements (sic).”

It does none of the above.

Iran justifiably denounced the deal, a Foreign Ministry statement saying:

“The oppressed people of Palestine and all the free nations of the world will never forgive the normalizing of relations with the criminal Israeli occupation regime and the complicity in its crimes,” adding:

“This is stabbing the Palestinians in the back and will strengthen the regional unity against the Zionist regime.”

Turkey also slammed the deal, saying “(h)istory and the conscience of the region’s peoples will not forget and never forgive this hypocritical behavior of the UAE, betraying the Palestinian cause for the sake of its narrow interests,” adding:

“It is extremely worrying that the UAE should, with a unilateral action, try and do away with the (2002) Arab Peace Plan developed by the Arab League.” 

“It is not in the slightest credible that this three-way declaration should be presented as supporting the Palestinian cause.”

The Washington Post surprisingly gave op-ed space to Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab.

He called the agreement “useless…a ploy to artificially inflate the Trump (regime’s) foreign policy achievements ahead of the election.”

It lets “the corrupt” Netanyahu regime pretend to back off from annexing Palestinian land he continues to do regularly.

The so-called agreement “is neither a genuine breakthrough nor will it bring peace between Israelis and Arabs anytime soon.”

Regional peace and stability defeat US/Israeli imperial aims. Endless conflicts serve them.

A joint US, Israel, UAE statement published by Trump’s White House defied reality, saying in part:

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough (sic) will advance peace in the Middle East region (sic) and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region (sic).”

There was no “historic breakthrough,” nothing advancing regional peace, no “bold diplomacy and vision,” no “new path” — nothing whatever positive from the deal, just the opposite.

Israeli theft of historic Palestinian land continues unabated.

Nothing was achieved that “will help save Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lives throughout the region… (no) peaceful diplomacy.”

There was no “shared commitment to promoting  stability through diplomatic engagement” in a region boiling over from US/NATO/Israeli aggression.

US/Israeli “vision of peace” is none at all.

They’ll be nothing undertaken by the US, Israel, the UAE, and other regional despotic states “to achieve a just, comprehensive and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Since Israel stole 78% of historic Palestine over 72 years ago — grabbing the rest 19 years later — Palestinian rights were systematically breached, an entire population brutalized under Israel’s repressive boot.

The day after Thursday’s announcement, dirty business usual continues like always before since the infamous November 1917 Balfour Declaration that was the beginning of the end of historic Palestine.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.