Palestinians to Soften Stance on UAE-Israel Deal in Arab League Draft Resolution

Draft resolution seen by Reuters doesn't include any calls to condemn or act against the Emirates over U.S.-brokered deal, which President Abbas initially called 'betrayal'

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Palestinians burn cutouts depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest in Nablus against the United Arab Emirates' deal with Israel to normalize relations, on August 14, 2020.
Palestinians burn cutouts depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a protest in Nablus.Credit: Raneen Sawafta / Reuters
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The Palestinian leadership has watered down its criticism of the normalization deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates before an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Wednesday at which the accord will be debated.

A draft resolution presented by the Palestinian envoy, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, does not include a call to condemn, or act against, the Emirates over the U.S.-brokered deal.

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also issued instructions on Tuesday banning any offensive statements or actions toward Arab leaders, including UAE rulers.

Announced on August 13, the accord was the first such accommodation between an Arab country and Israel in more than 20 years, and was forged largely through shared fears of Iran.

The draft Palestinian resolution to be debated by Arab foreign ministers said the Israel-U.S.-Emirates announcement "doesn't diminish Arab consensus over the Palestinian cause, the Palestinian cause is the cause of the entire Arab nation".

"The trilateral announcement doesn't change the principal Arab vision based on the fact that the two-state solution on the 1967 borders is the only way to achieve peace in the Middle East," the draft said.

The tone is markedly different from that of Abbas, whose office on August 13 called the accord "betrayal" and a "stab in the back of the Palestinian cause."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump have described the accord as historic, and urged other Arab countries to follow suit.

Emirati leaders said the deal shelved Israeli plans to annex territory in the West Bank.

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