Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his visit reflected a “new reality” for the Middle East as Tel Aviv pursues a diplomatic push against Iran nuclear talks in Vienna.
While the Gulf’s gas-rich Abu Dhabi made peace with Israel last week, Gazans in Palestine have been bombed every day for the last ten days.
In an interview with TRT Arabi, Hamas Political Leader Ismail Haniyah hit back at the recent spate of normalized ties between Israel and Arab states, warning that Arab rulers are bowing to American pressure, while alienating their own people.
The UAE-Israel deal has been seen as a shocking betrayal to Palestinians, but the Arab world’s silence is a telling example of where their loyalties lie.
Israelis have long wanted to isolate Palestinians from the rest of the Arab world, aiming to deconstruct 'Palestinianhood'. Experts, however, do not see it weakening anytime soon.
The deal has helped Tel Aviv and Dubai close ranks against Iran across the Middle East.
Both Bahrain and Oman praised the UAE-Israel accord, although neither have commented on their own prospects for normalised relations.
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