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    Palestinians “Pained” as US, Israeli Delegations Arrive in UAE Following Landmark Peace Deal

    Palestinians “Pained” as US, Israeli Delegations Arrive in UAE Following Landmark Peace Deal

    PA Prime Minister Shtayyeh: “It pains us to see an Israeli plane land in the United Arab Emirates.”
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    The Palestinians are “deeply pained” to witness the flight carrying the first official Israeli delegation to the United Arab Emirates following the last month’s historic peace agreement brokered by President Donald Trump, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said. “It pains us to see an Israeli plane land in the United Arab Emirates,” he complained, as the first-ever commercial flight from Israel to the UAE landed at the Abu Dhabi airport on Monday.

    On board the U.S.-chartered Israeli El Al plane were the American and Israeli delegations visiting the Arab gulf state to ceremonially mark the August 13 peace deal. The U.S. and Israeli delegates were received at the airport by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash “in a festive welcoming ceremony,” Israeli foreign ministry reported.

    “By coming to establish relations between Israel and the UAE, we draw inspiration from Abraham, our common patriarch, and forge a new path: A brave path, of hope, partnership, brotherhood, prosperity and peace,” Meir Ben-Shabbat, head of the Israeli delegation and country’s national security adviser, said on arrival.

    He acknowledged President Trump’s role in negotiating the landmark peace deal between the Jewish State and the prominent Arab nation. “On behalf of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I would like to thank US President Donald Trump and his envoy Jared Kushner and his team, and my dear colleague, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, for the vision, the understanding and the efforts that they invested so that we might reach this moment,” head of the Israeli delegation said.

    Israeli TV channel i24News reported the fight-ever commercial flight between Israel and the UAE carrying U.S. and Israeli delegation which included White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien:

    The first official flight from Israel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) landed Monday in Abu Dhabi, carrying an Israeli-American delegation to advance the landmark peace agreement between the two Middle Eastern states.

    Leading the historic occasion, special White House advisor Jared Kushner addressed reporters at the airport promptly after landing, as Arab media televised the event under the title “Message of Peace.”

    The word “peace” was also written in Arabic, English and Hebrew on the cockpit of the El Al Flight LY971 that landed at the VIP terminal in the Emirates capital, where US flags flew alongside the Star of David banner.

    Speaking of peace, Kushner said: “While this is a historic flight, we hope that it will start an even more historic journey in the Middle East and beyond. The peoples wanted it. The rhetoric of peace resisters is tiring. The Middle East is filled with talented people and the future belongs to them.”

    He blessed UAE ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for making the breakthrough, and thanked Saudi King Salman for allowing the Israeli aircraft to fly over his territory. “We asked the pilot to fly faster, because the [two] peoples have an urgency to get to know one another,” Kushner jested.

    US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law also addressed the Palestinians, saying that “peace will be ready for them as soon as they’re ready to embrace it.”

    The outrage over the Israel-UAE peace deal announced by President Trump two weeks ago continued as the Israeli plane touched the tarmac in Abu Dhabi. Encouraged by their leaders, the Palestinian protesters had been on the streets stomping on the posters of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, President Trump, and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and setting them on fire.

    The flight is “a clear and shameful break with the Arab position” PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh lamented. “We prefer a UAE plane landing in liberated Jerusalem,” he said while dreaming of the destruction of the Jewish State.

    “This visit is tantamount to stabbing the Palestinian people in the back, a consecration of the occupation, a betrayal of the [Palestinian] people’s resistance, and a conspiracy against their struggle,” Gaza-based terror group Hamas declared.

    Palestinian leaders were equally angry at Arab countries for holding back on their usual fat donations, the Jerusalem Post reported Monday:

    The PA has not received financial aid from Arab countries since the beginning of this year, Shtayyeh said.

    “All the American financial aid to us and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has stopped,” he said. “In addition, Israel is trying to blackmail us regarding the tax-revenue funds. We will have to take a $350 million loan from the banks to pay half of the salaries to our employees.”

    Senior Fatah official Monir al-Jaghoub said the Palestinians were very disappointed with the UAE for signing the normalization agreement with Israel.

    “The rulers of the United Arab Emirates have registered their names in the black pages of Arab history,” he said. “Anyone who betrays Palestine and forges an alliance with the occupation will end up in the dustbin of history.”

    Palestinian leadership is the biggest obstacle to the peace in the region. Angered by President Trump’s peace plan, they refuse to negotiate with either Israel or the United States. The Trump peace plan, announced in January 2020, proposes one-to-one land swaps and offers a multi-billion dollar development plan to create Palestinian jobs. Palestinian leaders, including PA President Mahmoud Abbas, rejected the plan without even taking a look at it.

    What would have deterred any other world leader, didn’t affect President Trump. He pushed ahead with the peace initiative without them. With the UAE now becoming the third Arab country to sign a peace agreement with Israel, after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994), Palestinian leaders are visibly furious and upset.

    ‘Historic First Flight From Israel to UAE Lands in Abu Dhabi’


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    Sternverbs | September 2, 2020 at 8:40 am

    I for one am a little extra glad to see it was a Boeing 737 and not one of Airbus’ A319/20’s!

    jrcowboy49 | September 2, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Contrary to the two-state solution, which splits Israel between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Israeli scholar Mordechai Nisan proposes that the land west of the Jordan River should be granted to Israel alone. Gaza should be included.
    It became conventional and universally acceptable that there should be a Palestinian state next to Israel, west of the Jordan River.”This was a theme that was embedded in the Oslo Accords from 1993 and central to various rounds of negotiations, which took place in the last 20 years between the Israelis and the Palestinians,” he explained.
    But a Palestinian state hasn’t surfaced and the reasons for that are many. There is a grave incompatibility between what Israel needs for its own well being and national military integrity, its right to settlements in the land of Israel, and what the Palestinians demand, which is a Palestinian state emptied of any Jews and a Palestinian state, which is not ready to recognize Israel as a Jewish state at all. Therefore, it’s not surprising that after 20 years, no agreement has been reached.
    “My book proposes a different way of looking at the problem and the different solution and it is based on the idea that only Israel west of the river, meaning that there should only be one state west of the Jordan River, which is the state of Israel,”.
    “That is a symbol of the historical biblical rite of the Jewish people to their homeland to which they returned in large numbers over the last 100 years,” he said.
    “That small piece of territory from let us say Tel Aviv to Jericho, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River, is only about 35 miles in width and it’s unable to accommodate two states, two growing peoples, no less in a situation of conflict and violent engagement. Many years trying to figure out how to partition Israel and a future Palestinian state have met with failure and the time has come to recognize that the land cannot be divided. That’s the starting point for all solutions. There can be no division of the land. All the rest, all of the arrangements, are open for discussion. For Israel to have safe borders, their border to the east must end at the Jordan River. The Palestinian can be given Jordan, which is where they should have been if not for a back door deal with Lord Balfour that gave what is now Jordan to the Heshimite family, who created the Kingdom of Transjordan now Jordan. 60% of Jordan are already Palestinians.

    Wasn’t Jordan supposed to be the original Palestinian state?

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