Al-Quds Mufti Quits UAE Forum Over Normalization With ‘Israel’

Al-Quds Mufti Quits UAE Forum Over Normalization With ‘Israel’

By Staff, Agencies

Grand Mufti of occupied al-Quds Sheikh Muhammad Hussein resigned from the so-called Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies [FPPMS] after the UAE-based organization issued a statement endorsing a recent normalization agreement between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv.

“Normalization is a stab in the back of Palestinians and Muslims, and a betrayal for Muslim and Christian holy sites in al-Quds,” Sheikh Hussein said on Wednesday, as he announced his resignation.

It was the second such resignation in recent days. Muslim-American activist Aisha al-Adawiya also quit the FPPMS on Sunday over the organization’s statement.

Al-Adawiya stressed that the topic of normalization was never brought up at a recent board meeting and that “there was no agreement on any kind of support for the UAE’s deal with ‘Israel’.”

“As a result of this breach of trust and consistent with my values, I’m announcing my resignation,” she said in a Facebook post.

Earlier this month, the FPPMS claimed that the normalization deal “stopped ‘Israel’ from extending its sovereignty over Palestinian lands” and was a means to “promote peace and stability across the world.”

It, however, faced criticisms over the controversial statement and was forced to remove it from its platforms.

The ‘Israel’-UAE unashamed deal was announced by the White House on August 13, sparking anger among Palestinians and supporters of their cause against the ‘Israeli’ occupation.

رفض إسرائيلي بيع “حتى برغي واحد” من “أف 35” لدول الشرق الأوسط

تل أبيب ترفض بيع حتى برغي من طائرات

الكاتب: الميادين نت

المصدر: وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية

اليوم 09:07

وفد إسرائيلي وأميركي بمشاركة صهر ترامب يتوجه إلى أبو ظبي الاثنين المقبل لتعزيز السلام، وتل أبيب ترفض بيع حتى برغي من طائرات “أف 35” لأي دولة.

نقل موقع “تايمز أوف إسرائيل”، عن وزير  شؤون المستوطنات تساحي هانغبي، من حزب “الليكود”، أمس الثلاثاء، قوله إن “إسرائيل” تعارض بيع “برغي واحد” من طائرة F-35  إلى أي دولة في الشرق الأوسط، بما في ذلك الإمارات العربية المتحدة، وسط خطط واضحة للولايات المتحدة لبيع الطائرة لأبو ظبي.

وقال هانغبي، “إننا نعارض حتى بيع برغي واحد من طائرات الشبح المقاتلة إلى أي بلد في الشرق الأوسط، سواء كان لدينا سلام معها أم لا. هذا هو موقفنا، وقد تم عرضه في الماضي وتوضيحه في الأسابيع الأخيرة”.

وأردف، إن “الأميركيين غير ملزمين بقبول موقفنا. لم يقبلوا به عندما قرروا بيع المقاتلات الشبح للأتراك، الذي لا يُعتبرون دولة معادية، ولكننا ندرك أنه قد يكون لدينا نوع من الصراع معهم”.

من جهته، نقل موقع “i24NEWS” الإسرائيلي عن مكتب رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي بنيامين نتنياهو إعلانه أنّ وفداً إسرائيلياً سيزور أبو ظبي الأسبوع المقبل لدفع التطبيع، موعزاً إلى رئيس هيئة الأمن القومي مائير بن شبات بترؤس البعثة الإسرائيلية برفقة بعثة أميركية تضم  صهر الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب وكبير مستشاريه جاريد كوشنير ومستشارين أميركيين.

وأعرب نتنياهو، مساء أمس الثلاثاء، عن أمله بأن “مواطنين إسرائيليين سيستطيعون زيارة الإمارات العربية المتحدة قريباً”، معلناً عن مغادرة بعثة إسرائيلية رسمية أولى إلى الإمارات الاثنين المقبل “للعمل على دفع السلام”. 

وعن تطورات الاتفاق الإماراتي الإسرائيلي، غرد مستشار رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي السابِق أرييل شارون عبر “تويتر”، قائلاً “إنها المرة الأولى التي تمر فيها طائرة إسرائيلية فوق الأجواء السعودية في رحلة مباشرة من “إسرائيل” إلى الإمارات”. 

وبناءً على اتفاق التطبيع، أعلنت “إسرائيل” والإمارات نيتهما تكثيف التبادل التجاري وبيع النفط الإماراتي لهذه الأخيرة.

وتأتي هذه الأنباء متزامنة مع ما أفادته وكالة الأنباء الإماراتية الرسمية “وام” أن الشيخ محمد بن زايد آل نهيان ولي عهد أبو ظبي تلقى، أمس الثلاثاء، اتصالاً هاتفياً من وزير الخارجية الأميركي مايك بومبيو، “جرى خلاله بحث العلاقات الاستراتيجية بين الإمارات والولايات المتحدة وسبل دعمها وتطويرها”.

كما ناقش الجانبان معاهدة السلام بين دولة الإمارات و”إسرائيل” وآفاق تعزيزها بما يخدم أسس السلام والاستقرار في المنطقة”، وفق ما أفادت به وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية.

ويجري وزير الخارجية الأميركي مايك بومبيو جولة في الشرق الأوسط تستمر 5 أيام، يثير خلالها مسألة تطبيع العلاقات بين الدول العربية و”إسرائيل”، ومسائل أخرى منها العلاقات مع إيران وطائرات إف-35 الحربية التي تسعى الإمارات للحصول عليها.

وذكرت صحيفة “إسرائيل هيوم” أمس أن مسؤول في الإمارات رفيع المستوى كشف أن بومبيو يخطط لدفع مؤتمر سلام إقليمي خلال الأسابيع المقبلة.

Will the UAE Arming Issue Cause A Rift Between the ’Mossad’ And the Occupation Army?

Will the UAE Arming Issue Cause A Rift Between the ’Mossad’ And the Occupation Army?

By Staff

‘Israeli’ Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper revealed that the discussion about supplying UAE with advanced American F-35 jets is the tip of the iceberg of much wider deliberations between the enemy’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Mossad agency, and the occupation army in this regard.

“While the army opposes selling UAE any advanced ‘Israeli’ weapons, the Mossad –under Netanyahu’s knowledge- is exerting pressure to supply Abu Dhabi with top-secret weapons and information,” the paper mentioned.

According to informed sources at the ‘Israeli’ security agency, Netanyahu’s office and the Mossad, for two years, have been persuading the War minister not only to sell the UAE intelligence capabilities, but also advanced and accurate offensive weapons.

For this reason, the announcement of a possible F-35 sale was part of the “peace” agreement with the Zionist entity was not a big surprise last week, according to the newspaper.

The paper further pointed out that the UAE, from an ‘Israeli’ point of view, is considered a “special state,” and that is why the entity sells non-super-secret weapons to such country class, in the way that even if they are leaked to hostile states, their impact will not be severe.

According to the newspaper, Netanyahu’s office and the “Mossad” are trying to persuade the Ministry of Public Security to tolerate the sale of advanced weapons to the UAE, for “strengthening bilateral relations” and for economic reasons.

It also mentioned that from the Ministry of War point of view, the sale of top-secret military equipment to the Gulf states is a threat that can lead to such ‘Israeli’ equipment and knowledge being leaked to the enemies’ hands, as the region is subject to ‘the Iranians’ active movement.’

Yemeni Court Issues Death Sentences For MBS, MBZ

Yemeni Court Issues Death Sentences For MBS, MBZ

By Staff, Agencies

A Yemeni court sentenced Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman [MBS] and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed [MBZ] to death in connection with the assassination of the former head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council.

A special criminal court in al-Hudaydah on Monday sentenced 16 men, including Bin Zayed and Bin Salman, to death for espionage that led to the assassination of Saleh al-Sammad, the head of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council in 2018, Yemen’s Saba news agency reported.

The list of the convicts also includes Yemen’s former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and Yemen’s former prime minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr.

Al-Sammad was martyred in Saudi Arabia’s airstrike in the western province of al-Hudaydah on April 23, 2018. He had been elected President in the capital city Sanaa by the Supreme Political Council in late 2016.

According to a report by al-Arabiya back then, a Saudi-owned pan-Arab television news channel, the Saudi-led military coalition, which has constantly bombarded Yemen since 2015, had offered a 20-million-dollar prize for any information that could help uncover the location of Sammad’s domicile.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing Hadi’s government back to power and crushing the Ansarullah revolutionary movement.

According to reports, the war has claimed close to 100,000 lives over the past five years.

The war has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals, schools, and factories. The UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including 10 million who are suffering from extreme levels of hunger.

UAE-Israel normalization agreement pours salt on Palestinians’ wound: Emirati activist

“The Emirati-Saudi alliance, in my view, is based on Mohammed bin Zayed’s plan to push Saudi Arabia towards Yemen’s swamp, and the ultimate goal was to weaken it politically and exhaust its economy.”

By Mohammad Mazhari

August 24, 2020 – 11:48

TEHRAN – Abdullah al-Tawil, an Emirati political activist, is of the opinion that “Emirates-Israel normalization agreement pours salt on Palestinians’ wound and it is a bridge over the rubble of the Palestinian cause.” 

Israel and the UAE reached an agreement on August 13 that will lead to the full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two sides.
The deal came after a phone call between United States President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. 

Under the agreement, Israel has promised to suspend the annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank. However, just hours after the announcement Benjamin Netanyahu said he remained committed to the annexation plan.

In this regard, al-Tawil tells the Tehran Times that the agreement will not serve the Palestinians’ interests and won’t stop the annexation of the West Bank.

“This agreement pours salt on Palestinian’s wound, and it is a bridge over the rubble of the Palestinian cause,” says Al-Tawil.

Following is the full text of the interview:

Q: What are the causes or motives that prompted the UAE to normalize ties with Israel?

A: Firstly, I must record my personal position on normalization with Israel.

It was a stab in the back of the Arab nations. Israel denies clearly the rights of the Palestinians on their land and their just cause. 

Regarding the UAE’s reasons for overt normalization of ties with the Israeli regime, it must be pointed out that normalization was not a result of the moment, but rather it was passing quietly under the table.

Secret meetings were held in Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, as well as secret talks at a high level. 

Besides the governmental level, there were plans to prepare Emirati people to accept the normalization by the public media and official statements on social media.

The Emirati regime pursues a policy of intimidating the Emirati citizens and restricting them with laws that criminalize the ruler’s criticism accordingly.

The ultimate goal of normalization is to guarantee Mohammed bin Zayed’s chance to reach power in a comfortable way after became notorious for hatching conspiracies and now looking for peace.

Given Turkey’s growing political and military power in the Middle East (West Asia) and the failure of Qatar’s blockade and undermining its mediatory role in the Palestinian cause, the Emirates feels need new allies to protect its interests.

Therefore, it believes in such a normalization agreement, which will form a strong ally for it to protect itself. This is in the level of politics, but economically the Corona crisis greatly affected the UAE’s markets and trades, especially in the real estate field.

Thus, they resorted to Jewish investors and finally tried to satisfy the U.S. administration, whether Trump remains or not because Trump is a lifeline for the Emirati rulers, but if he loses the upcoming election, then they will find a return line to the American Democrats.

Q: How do you assess the reaction of the people in the Arab world, including those on the southern shores of the Persian Gulf, to the UAE’s decision to normalize relations with Israel?

A: Arab people as a whole still love Palestine, and their hearts beat with hatred of the Zionist regime which has killed Palestinians and demolished their houses. 

But we are talking about a policy of “destroying the awareness” practiced on the (Persian) Gulf peoples, especially the Emirati people when the Ministry of Tolerance was established.

The ministry tries to teach citizens the arts of tolerance with Hindu religions and Judaism in particular 

So, temples were opened for Hindus and synagogues for Jews. We cannot say that reactions inside the UAE are non-existent, but we can confirm that there are many people who refuse normalization but fear to openly object or reject it, given that what awaits them is an unfair judiciary, secret prisons, and inevitably a large financial fine due to laws that criminalize freedom of opinion.

By the way, there are Emiratis who have created a “resist normalization” association which its aim is to educate the citizens and refuse to sign treacherous agreements and support the Palestinian cause.

As for the (Persian) Gulf states, there are a very large number of those who expressed their objection to normalization. In many countries, the activists have launched tags with their names to refuse normalizing ties with Israel, a very important matter. Awareness at this phase has a critical role, and we wish it will continue.

Q: Do you think that the Emirates’ decision would serve the Palestinian people and the Palestinian cause?

A: Of course, this agreement pours salt on Palestinians’ wounds, and it is a bridge over the rubble of the Palestinian cause.

This agreement will not stop the annexation of the West Bank as explicitly declared by Netanyahu, nor will it restrain the regime which commits crimes against the Palestinians, nor will it ever restore al-Quds (Jerusalem), nor will it give them an independent state. Rather, it is an explicit recognition of Israel over the Palestinian lands and legitimizing the occupier of Jerusalem and the Al Aqsa Mosque.

In short, it is an Emirati-Israeli agreement, and Palestine in this agreement was just a bridge to cross. 

“Mohammed bin Zayed has succeeded in weakening Saudi Arabia by influencing Mohammed bin Salman, who transferred the Emirati experience to Saudi Arabia in the cultural and security level.”

Q: Who actually rules the UAE? What are the main groups that govern the Emirates?

A: After the death of Sheikh Zayed, announcing his death was delayed for many reasons, including disputes among his sons.

I assure you that the phase that preceded the announcement of Sheikh Zayed’s death was that Mohammed bin Zayed managed to rig the process of electing his successor, in which Sheikh Sultan was more entitled.

And according to Sheikh Zayed’s will, Sheikh Khalifa became ruler of Abu Dhabi, and since then, Mohammed bin Zayed has messed with the country’s policies.

In 2011, when the Arab Spring started, Mohammed bin Zayed exploited it to suppress freedoms and restrict society with strict laws.

 Moreover, Mohammed bin Zayed ordered mass arrests of 94 Emirati citizens affiliated to the intellectual and academic classes, and that was to pave his way to fully control the reins of power in the country, especially after Sheikh Khalifa’s illness and absence of him in the media and political scene.

So, the actual ruler in the United Arab Emirates is Mohammed bin Zayed, who controls the country and exerts his influence on all other emirates, whose rulers are unfortunately coward and fearful of his authority.

Q:  What is the secret of the UAE-Saudi alliance? Would you expect Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to follow the example of the Emirates?

A: The Emirati-Saudi alliance, in my view, is based on Mohammed bin Zayed’s plan to push Saudi Arabia towards Yemen’s swamp, and the ultimate goal was to weaken it politically and exhaust its economy to undermine its influence after it was the most important state of the (Persian) Gulf.

Mohammed bin Zayed seeks greatness and fame. Unfortunately, he has succeeded in weakening Saudi Arabia by influencing Mohammed bin Salman, who transferred the Emirati experience to Saudi Arabia at the cultural and security level. Actually, the controls Mohammed bin Salman’s childish impulses.

As for his involvement in the normalization, Mohammed bin Zayed challenged Saudi Arabia for his superiority over the Arab peace initiative that Saudis had signed it, as if he is saying, “Come with me for the peace agreement, Saudi agreement is out of date.”
If Mohammed bin Salman remains in power, sooner or later, Saudi Arabia will, unfortunately, engage in the normalization process.

Bahrain is a dependent state and will inevitably be the first to sign the normalization agreement after the UAE.

We wish the other (Persian) Gulf states to be steadfast in facing pressures and to take a position that immortalizes in history, and when the grandchildren read it, they say that there are Arab countries who have betrayed and there are others that kept the covenant.  

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PM Khan: Pakistan Can’t Recognize Israel Until Palestine Gets Its Rights, State

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says his country will never recognize Israel until the issue of Palestine is resolved days after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a normalization deal with Israel.

In an interview with the private Dunya News television network on Tuesday, Khan said Islamabad will not follow suit in recognizing Israel, in a reference to Abu Dhabi, which has reached a highly controversial deal with Tel Aviv to establish full diplomatic ties.

 “Our stance is very clear from day one and Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had said Pakistan can never accept Israel until the people of Palestine get rights and state,” Khan said.

The Pakistani prime minister further noted that recognition of Israel equals to abandoning Pakistan’s stance on the Muslim-majority Kashmir region.

“The case of Palestinians is similar to people of Kashmir and their [Palestinians] rights have been snatched and they have been suffering from Israeli atrocities. Both issues have a similar background,” Khan pointed out.

The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been split between India and Pakistan since their partition in 1947. The countries have fought three wars over the territory.

The Indian-administered part of the region, known as Jammu and Kashmir, enjoyed autonomy until August 2019, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government revoked that status.

On 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced the peace deal between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.

The UAE claims the deal — which the Palestinians have rejected as backstabbing — was designed to stave off Tel Aviv’s planned annexation of the occupied West Bank.

Supporters of the Palestinian cause, however, reject that claim, saying normalization attempts have been in the offing for a long time.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also reaffirmed that the regime’s annexation has been delayed but is not off the table.

Anger is boiling in the Middle East and the entire Muslim world over the agreement.

In Pakistan, tens of thousands of people joined protests organized by political and religious activists in various cities on the weekend to condemn the UAE.

The protesters voiced strong support for Palestine and the liberation of Jerusalem al-Quds, stressing that compromise with the occupiers is a great betrayal of Palestine and the entire Islamic world.

Source: Press

إما التطبيع أو إما التطبيع…!

سفير الإمارات بواشنطن ينصح "إسرائيل" في مقالة رأي على صحيفة ...

سعاده مصطفى أرشيد

إما الضمّ، أو إما التطبيع، كان هذا عنوان المقال الذي نشره يوسف العتيبي السفير الإماراتي في واشنطن في صحيفة «يديعوت احرونوت» العبرية في حزيران الماضي. مثّل المقال رأس جبل الجليد الذي ما لبث أن ظهر بكامل هيئته منذ أيام حاملاً اسم مشروع أبراهام، وهو الاسم الذي أطلق على معاهدة السلام الإماراتية – «الإسرائيلية».

لم يكن ذلك الإعلان مفاجأة من أيّ عيار، فعلاقات تل أبيب مع أبو ظبي وغيرها من بعض عواصم العرب لم تعد سراً يُخفى على أحد، خاصة تلك العواصم التي ارتبط أصحاب السمو والفخامة فيها بالإدارة الأميركية، أكثر من ارتباطهم بمصالح شعوبهم وبلدانهم، وهم أمام ضرورات البقاء السياسي مضطرون لمقايضة المصالح العليا للأمة بالدعم الأميركي لهم، بالطبع مع معرفتهم اليقينية أنّ طريقاً واحداً فقط يوصل إلى واشنطن ويمرّ عبر تل أبيب .

مرّر ولي عهد الإمارات تغريدة عابرة في «تويتر» قال فيها إنّ الاتفاق قد ألغى عملية ضمّ 33% من أراضي الضفة الغربية لـ «إسرائيل»، في حين أنّ نتنياهو ملتزم بما أتى في النص الذي ورد في وكالات الأنباء والذي يتحدث عن تجميد الضمّ لا إلغاءه، وهو لا يكاد يتوقف عن إطلاق التصريحات اليوميّة التي يمكن إيجازها: أنّ الاتفاق هو السلام مقابل السلام فقط ومن موقع القوة الإسرائيلية، وأن هذا السلام لا ينص أو يشمل التنازل عن ذرة تراب واحدة، وأن عملية الضمّ وإنْ تأجلت فإنها ستنفذ باعتبارها حقاً شرعياً وقانونياً وتاريخياً لدولتهم، ثم أنها تمثل ضرورة أمنية واستراتيجية في العقيدة العسكرية لجيشهم وأخيراً باعتبارها مسألة وردت بالنص في الخطة الأميركية والرؤية الترامبية المعروفة باسم صفقة القرن.

ما ورد في اتفاق أبراهام لا يشبه اتفاقيات السلام المعروفة، بقدر ما يشبه الأحلاف العسكرية والاستراتيجية، فالبلدان – حسب ما ورد في النص – يملكان رؤية مشتركة للتحديات التي تواجههما والتي لا بدّ لهما أن يقفا لمواجهتها بشكل مشترك، وكلاهما مؤمن بضرورة التنسيق الأمني الوثيق والتكامل الاقتصادي، ومن ثم توقيع اتفاقيات عسكرية وسياحية وبيئية وتكنولوجية واتصالاتيّة… وأخيراً يتفق الطرفان على «الحلّ العادل» للصراع الإسرائيلي – الفلسطيني كما ورد في رؤية ترامب (صفقة القرن)

جاء الاتفاق يمثل صفقة رابحة لنتنياهو هو في أمسّ الحاجة إليها، وهدية ثمينة لدونالد ترامب في وقتها المناسب، نتنياهو عزز بهذا الاتفاق من وضعه الداخلي أمام شركائه في الائتلاف الحكومي غانتس واشكنازي، وسيكون أقلّ اهتماماً وانزعاجاً من المتظاهرين الذين يتواجدون أمام منزله مطالبيه بالاستقالة على خلفية شبهات الفساد المنظورة قضائياً، ثم أنّ الاتفاق قد يسهم في معالجة الوضع الاقتصادي المتردّي ووفق ما تذكر النشرات الاقتصادية أنّ حجم خسائر الاقتصاد الإسرائيلي قد تجاوز 21 مليار دولار بسبب جائحة كورونا. أما هدية ترامب الثمينة فهي الأولى من سلسلة هدايا ستتلاحق عندما تنضمّ عواصم أخرى لركب المعاهدات وفي وقت يسبق موعد الاستحقاق الانتخابي في تشرين الثاني المقبل، سيتعامل ترامب مع اتفاق أبراهام بصفته إنجازاً عظيماً لإدارته التي فشلت في معالجة ملفات إيران والعراق وسورية، وأخفقت في وقف تمدّد روسيا الأوراسي، وعجزت عن التصدي ووقف التمدد الناعم والدؤوب للصين في ملء أي فراغ ينشأ عبر العالم، أما على الصعيد الداخلي، فالمجتمع الأميركي تعصف به رياح العنصرية التي شاهدها العالم عند مصرع المواطن الأسود جورج فلويد، البطالة ترتفع معدلاتها، إصابات كورونا تحطم أرقاماً قياسية فيما نظم الرعاية الصحية والاجتماعية تعاني من الضعف الشديد، لهذا كانت الهدية ثمينة وبوقتها، إذ قد يستطيع تحويل هذا الإنجاز إلى أصوات في صندوق الانتخابات من أجل إعادة انتخابه لدورة رئاسية ثانية .

الفوضى العارمة التي اجتاحت العالم العربيّ ولا تزال كان لها دور في التحضير لاتفاق أبراهام وإنجازه، من ليبيا بالغرب مروراً بوادي النيل وبلاد الشام وانتهاء باليمن أصبحت ساحات مستباحة، جعلت من دور بلد مثل الإمارات وولي عهدها يلعبون أدواراً تتجاوز أحجامهم الحقيقية، ممارسة دور وكيل الشيطان في زرع الموت والحرائق وبالطبع بالاشتراك مع محمد بن سلمان، يحدوهم في ذلك غريزة البقاء السياسي التي تستلزم طاعة الإدارة الأميركية. فمصادر شرعيتهم وبقائهم لا ترتبط بالعملية الديمقراطية وصناديق الانتخاب، ولا تعتمد على دعم شعوبهم ودفاعهم عن مصالح بلادهم العليا وأمنها القومي، لذلك فهم يقدّمون للإدارة الأميركية أيّ شيء يلزمها في صراعها مع الديمقراطيين، ومن ذلك اتفاق أبراهام .

يتوارث الإدارة الأميركية كلّ من الحزبين الديمقراطي والجمهوري، ومن مشاكل حكامنا مؤخراً أنهم لم يعودوا يرتبطون بالإدارة الأميركية كمؤسسة حاكمة ودولة عميقة، وإنما انقسمت طبقة أصحاب الجلالة والسيادة والسمو إلى فسطاطين، فسطاط الجمهوريين، الذي يتربع على حشاياه ووسائده محمد بن سلمان ومحمد بن زايد ومعهما السيسي والبرهان، في حين يجلس على أطرافه عبد ربه منصور هادي والماريشال خليفة حفتر، وهم من أصبح مؤكداً أنّ مصيرهم رهن بترامب وعودته لرئاسة ثانية، وأن خسارته تعني خسرانهم وربما فناءهم، فيما يجلس منتظراً بالفسطاط الديمقراطي الخاسرون حالياً والطامحون باسترداد مواقعهم في حال فاز المرشح الديمقراطي جو بايدن، ومن هؤلاء ولي العهد السعودي السابق محمد بن نايف وتميم شيخ قطر والأتراك، فيما تنظر طهران من بعيد بأمل نجاح بايدن، لما قد يعود بانفراج في العقوبات وعودة للعمل بالاتفاق النووي.

من ضرورات السياسة محاولة قراءة المقاربة الإماراتية للعلاقة الفلسطينية – الإسرائيلية وربطها بمشروع أبراهام، ثم قراءة الموقف الفلسطيني المتوجّس شراً من الإمارات ومشروعها ومقاربتها .

ربما كانت المقدّمات الأقدم لكلّ من المعاهدات المصرية والأردنية والإماراتية ومعها اتفاق أوسلو تعود في جذورها لعام 1974 وبرنامج النقاط العشر الذي طرحته القيادة الفلسطينية ومثل طلب انتساب لعضوية النظام العربي الذي استجاب وقبل الطلب في مؤتمر الرباط، حيث أجمع المؤتمرون باستثناء الأردن على اعتبار منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية هي الممثل الشرعي والوحيد للشعب الفلسطيني، وحاول العرب بعدها دفع منظمة التحرير بخطوة إلى الأمام (وربما إلى الخلف) بإدخالها في النظام الدولي وترتيب إلقاء عرفات خطابه في الجمعية العامة، ولكن متطلبات النظام الدولي كانت أكبر مما تستطيع المنظمة الاستجابة له في حينه، وبناء على ذلك أصبح الهدف الفلسطيني هو إقامة سلطة على أرض فلسطين ولم يعد شعار التحرير لكلّ فلسطين مطروحاً في العمل السياسي والدبلوماسي الفلسطيني، حيث جرت في وديان السياسة مياه ودماء بعد ذلك، أدّت إلى خروج منظمات العمل الفدائي من لبنان، ورحيلها إلى تونس البعيدة، فلم تعد المواجهة مباشرة مع الإسرائيلي، إلى أن تفجرت الانتفاضة الأولى، ثم انهار النظام العربي اثر الحرب العراقية العالمية وتبعه سقوط جدار برلين وانهيار النظام العالمي، قادت كلّ تلك المقدمات إلى اتفاق أوسلو، وما تبعه من انهيارات أصابت المشروع الوطني الفلسطيني في صميمه، بعد أن تحوّلت الثورة إلى سلطة وكيلة للاحتلال بموجب الاتفاق المذكور، ترى التنسيق الأمني مقدساً، وتقدّم لـ «إسرائيل» من المعلومات ما لم تكن تحلم بالحصول عليه (حسب الكلام الرسمي الفلسطيني في آخر قمة عربية)، وكأننا نقرأ إحدى روايات غابرييل غارسيا ماركيز .

تراجع الأداء الفلسطيني وفقدت القيادة روح المبادرة والديناميكية، وجلست في غرفة انتظار ما قد تأتي به انتخابات الرئاسة في واشنطن، أو ما قد تحصل عليه القائمة العربية في انتخابات الكنيست، فيما الاستيطان يلتهم الأرض، وعقارات القدس تتسرّب للجمعيات الاستيطانية المتطرفة، وباقي قضايا الحلّ النهائي معلقة إلى أن يقضي الله أمراً كان مفعولاً.

ترامب قدّم الغطاء لضمّ القدس وألحقه بغطاء أشمل وهو صفقة القرن التي أسقطت حق العودة وتفكيك الاستيطان وجعلت من الدولة حلماً بعيد المنال إن لم يكن مستحيلاً، وتركز عمل السلطة مؤخراً وبرنامجها على وقف عملية الضمّ .

مقاربة محمد بن زايد ترى أنّ السلطة الفلسطينية كانت تنتظر البدء في التفاوض حول قضايا الحلّ النهائي منذ أكثر من عقدين، لكن العالم الدائم الحركة فرض على الأرض وقائع من الصعب تجاوزها وأنّ السلطة قد سلمت بهذه الحقائق المفروضة، ثم أنّ حراكها السياسي لم يتعدّ مؤخراً العمل على إلغاء الضمّ وهو الأمر الذي يزعم ابن زايد أنه قد فعله حسب ما ذكر في تغريدته

السلطة الفلسطينية في رام الله ترى أنّ ابن زايد قد تجاوزها بالتحدث باسم الفلسطينيين، وأنّ في ذلك تجاوزاً لها ولشرعيتها، وهي تستبطن الشكوك في السلوك الإماراتي قبل اتفاق أبراهام وبعده بسبب ما يتردّد عن العلاقة الحميمة التي تربط القيادي السابق في فتح مع أبناء الشيخ زايد، وما أشيع مؤخراً أن ملاحق اتفاق أبراهام تنص على دور رئيس سوف يلعبه دحلان في الساحة الفلسطينية.

الخلاصة انّ الهاجس المشترك في عالمنا العربي هو هاجس البقاء السياسي وضروراته…

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*سياسي فلسطيني مقيم في جنين – فلسطين المحتلة.

الرهان الأجدر، على الطفل الفلسطيني لا الشارب الخليجي!

الميادين | صور محمد بن زايد في المسجد الأقصى: "خائن"

صابرين دياب

في إزاء ما تتعرض له القضية الفلسطينية، من مؤامرات متعاقبة لتصفيتها، ومع ازدياد الصراع الحالي وضوحاً، من حيث طبيعته، وطبيعة القوى والأنظمة الواقفة من خلفه والمستفيدة منه، وفي إزاء الحرب الإعلامية الضروس، التي تشنّها القوى المرتبطة بقوى الهيمنة والتواطؤ وعملاؤها المباشرون وغير المباشرين، وفي ازاء التضليل الواسع وغير المسبوق، للعبث بالوعي الفلسطيني وتسطيحه، يزداد الايمان بعدالة القضية، ويتعاظم اليقين بعمق وعي شعبنا في كل أماكن تواجده، مع كل إشراقة جيل فلسطيني جديد.

وعي محصّن بشجاعة صاحب الحق، يرثها الفتية الفلسطينيون عن ملح تراب الارض التي تحملهم، شجاعة، تفاجئ ذويهم لحظة المواجهة المباشرة، لا بل انها ترفع معنويات الأم الخائفة على ولدها، التي اقتحموا بيتها مباغتة لاعتقاله، ثم تشعر بأعلى درجات الفخر، وهي تحتضنه لحظة خروجه من مراكز الاعتقال برأس مرفوعة ووجهٍ واثق مبتسم غير مرتبك، وبقدمين ثابتتين غير مترنّحتين، وبإيمان يخيّب آمال محتليه، الذين ابتغوا ترهيبه وهزّ معنوياته وثقته بنفسه وإرباكه!

لم اكن أعرف أنّ الفتى الوديع والذكي، محمد، ابن الثالث عشر ربيعاً، من مدينة طمرة الجليلية، كان محتجزاً طيلة نهار الاثنين الماضي، في محطة تحقيق للـ «شاباك» في «مسجاف» في الجليل المحتل، لأنه شارك في التظاهرة المنددة بإعلان الخيانة الإماراتية، في المسجد الاقصى صباح الجمعة الماضي، وداس على صورة محمد بن زايد.

علمت من والدته فاطمة، انّهم أتوا صباح الاثنين واعتقلوه من البيت، وقاموا بمصادرة حاسوبه وهاتفه وحقيبته المدرسية التي كانت معه في المسجد الأقصى، وحين سألَتهم فاطمة، عن سبب اعتقاله، قالوا لها: «هو محتجز للتحقيق، والمفروض ان تعرفي انتِ بالذات انّ قريبته سوف تدمّر مستقبله».

وعرفت من محمد لاحقاً، بعيد الإفراج عنه، ان بداية التحقيق، كانت حول علاقته بإحدى قريباته، وما اذا كانت تلك الناشطة، هي التي طلبت منه الذهاب الى القدس، كما سُئل عن سبب كرهه لحكام الإمارات، وما إذا كان سيقبل منحاً مالية منهم التي سيمنحونها للطلاب المتميزين، وغيرها من الاسئلة الجبانة والرخيصة.

وأقّر بأنني تفاجأت من جرأة محمد، هذا الغلام الهادئ جدا، حين قال لهم:

«لا شأن لكم بعلاقتي بقريبتي، ولا تقحموها باعتقالي، نحن نفهمكم جيداً، أنا ذهبت الى الاقصى كما كل يوم جمعة، لأصلي هناك، ولا يحق لكم منعي من ذلك، وحين شاهدت الشباب يقفون للبصق على الخائن الخليجي، الذي لا أعرف اسمه الذي ذكرتموه قبل قليل، والذي خنع لكم مثل الدجاجة، وقفت معهم، وهذا حقي أيضاً في التعبير عن رأيي ورأي كل الفلسطينيين».

فأدركت أّنّ الصبي، صار رجلاً قبل أوانه، حين قال للمحقق:

«اذا كنتم تريدون تخويفي، فأنا لست خائفاً منكم، واذا أردتم اعتقالي افعلوا ذلك، عمتي قالت لي، انكم لا تعتقلون إلا من هم أقوى وأشجع منكم».

هدا جزء يسير جداً، مما جاء في التحقيق مع محمد الشجاع والذكي، محمد – ابن شقيقي –، الذي واجه تحقيقاً، استمر ثماني ساعات متواصلة، ارتكز على الترهيب والتخويف، وقد حاولت جاهدة إقناعه بأن أحاوره، لأنشر تجربته الاولى مع الاحتلال، غير انه رفض وقال: «ما الذي سوف أضيفه، حتى لو كنت مقيما في المحتل 48؟، لست أول قاصر ولا الأخير الذي يُعتقل، والافضل ان اهيئ نفسي لما هو آت»،، فأخبرته بأنّه لزاماً وواجباً يحتم علينا، ان نفضح نذالة المحتل امام العالم،، فكان رد الطفل الرجل: «لن تنفعنا الا قدرتنا وقوتنا على مواجهتهم والتصدي لهم»!!

ولست انقل وعي محمد الحصيف، الى «البناء» الا اعتزازاً بالجيل الفلسطيني الواعد والواعي والواثق، وتأكيداً على المؤكد، بأن الرهان على، محمد وابراهيم وقاسم وعلي وعمر وجريس وحسن الفلسطيني، وليس على أوغاد المرحلة، من خائنين ومطبعين وتابعين وطارئين..

ان الالتفات الى طفل شجاع والتوقف امام جرأته، يكون مفيداً في كل حين، بقدر ما يساعد على تحديد النظر الى المستقبل، وإذا كنا نقف امام ما يتعين علينا ان نحمله فوق أكتافنا في مرحلة قادمة، فلعل التصوّر الدقيق لمقدرتنا على التحمل الفعلي الكامن في داخل طفل، تقوي من طاقتنا وتعيننا على ما هو منتظر ومأمول.

في كل بيت فلسطيني، شعلة نور لا تنطفئ، امام جبروت ظلمة الاستعمار الباغي، الذي اشترى ذمم الساقطين في امتنا، ونجح في تدجينهم علناً، وغربل في الوقت ذاته، انصار شعبنا وطهّرهم من الأدعياء والمدّعين الغادرين.

أوليس الجسد المعافى، أكرم من الجسد الموبوء!

Saudi Welcomes Abu Dhabi’s Betrayal: When Is Riyadh’s Turn? ترحيب سعودي بخيانة أبو ظبي: متى يحين دور الرياض؟

Saudi Welcomes Abu Dhabi’s Betrayal: When Is Riyadh’s Turn?

By Al-Akhbar NewspaperTranslated by Staff

There is no need for much effort to deduce the Saudi position regarding the move of its Emirati ally to publicize its relations with ‘Israel’. What the officials do not say publicly is proclaimed by the court media and writers in day and night, to the extent that some of them refused to grant the Palestinians “generosity” without return. Instead, the recompense was “blackmailing” practiced – for 70 years – in the Gulf “in the name of the sanctity of the cause”, according to articles of semi-unified narratives. It is clear now that the temporary royal silence and Riyadh’s reluctance to welcome – unlike Manama and Muscat – is the result of the kingdom not being ready to announce a full normalization with ‘Israel’. Therefore, it is hiding behind its allies [now the Emirates and then Bahrain and later Oman], waiting for a “suitable” day in which its crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, can proceed with the alliance, to consolidate the covenant of his ancestors and their promise.

The way the UAE has created “will form an Arab trend that exceeds all the failed obstacles that prevailed for seventy years.” This will undoubtedly contribute to strengthening the Saudi-‘Israeli’ rapprochement. This is a trend that was reinforced in recent years, under the alliance of the “two Mohammads” [Bin Zayed and Bin Salman]. The two pillars of common hostility toward Iran and the attempts to attract foreign investment to finance the economic transformation plan, Bin Salman’s “2030 Vision”, will unequivocally push the kingdom into an apparent rapprochement with ‘Israel’. Founding the $500 billion-city, “NEOM” – the backbone of this faltering “vision” – requires “peace and coordination with ‘Israel’, especially if the city will have the opportunity to become a tourist attraction,” according to researcher Mohammad Yaghi at the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

The intersections are many, as well as the “interests” that unite the undeclared alliance, in addition to the American pressure that is evident through the Gulf-‘Israeli’ “reconciliation” mediator, Jared Kushner, to compel the kingdom to publicize its “inevitable” relations with ‘Israel’. Kushner said a few days ago “the course of a warship cannot be changed overnight.” He reminded Riyadh yesterday that the normalization of its relations with Tel Aviv would be in the interest of the kingdom’s economy and defense. It would also contribute to limiting Iran’s power in the region. As for ‘Israel’, the “peace agreement” between it and the Emirates represents “the most important cornerstone on the road to achieving the central goal of normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia,” the expression belongs to an ‘Israeli’ political official who spoke to Yedioth Ahronoth.

In exchange for Riyadh’s official silence and Washington’s public calls, the Saudi media adhered, as usual, to a unified narrative based on marketing the idea that the kingdom views the normalization of relations between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv as a sovereign Emirati affair, which would “yield good results for the Palestinian cause,” by “suspending the annexation process indefinitely,” despite all that has been said and spoken by ‘Israelis’ about baseless propaganda that the UAE marketed to justify its move. According to what has been written, the declaration “does not involve any interference in the Palestinian affair. It rather sets red lines for any policy that ‘Israel’ might pursue, which involves oppressing the rights of the Palestinian people, excluding the phantom of annexing the Palestinian lands, and the consolidating the two-state solution.”

The justification of the Emirati moves in terms of “realism” as “constituting an important breakthrough in the peace process … after it suffered from a long stalemate without any progress or success”, had a significant share. In addition to that, the call to “overcome the deadly division based on returning to calling for the Arab Peace Initiative as a basis for negotiation”.

Riyadh considers, through its media, that “the policy of estrangement and boycott has not achieved neither the interest of the Palestinians nor the Arabs.” Abu Dhabi chose “another communication and recognition-based approach to address the outstanding problems in a different climate,” because “the just Palestinian cause has remained for more than seventy years without a political solution that satisfies the Palestinians who were insisting on big things, betting on the power of righteousness and forgetting the right to power.” They depend entirely on “aid from the Arab countries, especially the rich Arab Gulf states, for their livelihoods, lives, jobs, authority, embassies, and all their life details.” They speak of “unprecedented emotional and ideological blackmail because of the Palestine issue,” although they are “like all the causes of liberation that the occupied peoples suffered to obtain their liberation from the colonialists, the Palestinians are not better than the Vietnamese, the Algerians, or the rest of nations.” They received peerless indulgence … while all historical documents confirm that they were the ones who sold their lands, not alone, but in villages and sub-districts until they were transformed into Jewish settlements.” Therefore, “there is no real solution of the Palestinian issue except for Palestinians to accept their situation and build a new identity of their own choice… and assuming responsibility is the right way.”

The normalization of relations between the UAE and ‘Israel’ will encourage all the other Gulf states to follow their counterparts and reveal their secret ties with ‘Israel’ not to let Abu Dhabi enjoying alone the combination of its capital and advanced ‘Israeli’ technology in all fields, to become, along with Tel Aviv, the most powerful and wealthy in the Middle East. This is according to Thomas Friedman in “The New York Times”, who in his article talks about another, a stronger and more psychological message addressed to Iran and its proxies, that “there are now two alliances in the region; The first is a UAE-led alliance of those who want the future to bury the past, and the second is an Iran-led alliance of those who wish that the past buries the future.”

ترحيب سعودي بخيانة أبو ظبي: متى يحين دور الرياض؟

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الحدث الأخبار الثلاثاء 18 آب 2020

ترحيب سعودي بخيانة أبو ظبي: متى يحين دور الرياض؟
ستسهم الخطوة الإماراتية في تعزيز التقارب السعودي – الإسرائيلي (أ ف ب )

لا تزال الرياض تبدي حذراً شديداً إزاء الترحيب العلني بإتمام الاتفاق الإماراتي – الإسرائيلي. حذرٌ، وإن كان لا ينسحب على ما يُنشر في الإعلام (وكلّه رسميّ)، يمكن ردّه إلى حسابات كثيرة لا تزال تتخطّى في أهميتها الراهنة رغبة المملكة في البوحليس ثمّة حاجة إلى كثيرِ جهدٍ لاستنباط موقف السعودية إزاء خطوة حليفتها الإماراتية إشهار علاقاتها مع إسرائيل. فما لا يقوله الرسميّون في العلن، يجاهر به إعلام البلاط وكتّابه صبحَ مساء، إلى درجةٍ أنّ منهم مَن أبى إلّا أن يمنِّن الفلسطينيين بـ»كرمٍ» مِن دون مقابل، بل إنّ المقابل كان «ابتزازاً» مورس ـــــ على مدى 70 عاماً ــــــ في حقّ دول الخليج «باسم قدسيّة القضيّة»، وفق ما تقرأه مقالات بسرديّات شبه موحّدة. لم يعد خافياً أنّ الصمت الملكي الموقّت وإحجام الرياض عن الترحيب ـــــ بخلاف المنامة ومسقط ـــــ مردّهما إلى عدم جاهزية المملكة بعد، للإعلان عن تطبيع كامل للعلاقات مع إسرائيل. لذا، فهيَ تتلطّى خلف حليفاتها (الآن الإمارات ومِن بعدها البحرين ولاحقاً عُمان)، في انتظار يومٍ «مناسب» يمكن فيه وليّ عهدها، محمد بن سلمان، أن يمضي في التحالف، ليرسِّخ عهد أجداده ووعدهم.

الطريق الذي شقّته الإمارات «سيشكّل تياراً عربياً يتجاوز كل الإعاقات الفاشلة التي سادت لسبعين عاماً»، وسيسهم، بلا شكّ، في تعزيز التقارب السعودي ــــــ الإسرائيلي. وذلك اتجّاهٌ تعزّز بالفعل في السنوات الأخيرة، في ظلّ تحالف «المحمّدَين» (ابن زايد وابن سلمان). ركيزتا العداء المشترك تجاه إيران، ومحاولات جذب استثمارات أجنبية لتمويل خطة التحوّل الاقتصادي، «رؤية 2030»، الخاصة بابن سلمان، ستدفعان ـــــ بلا لبس ـــــ المملكة إلى تقارب علنيّ مع إسرائيل. فإنشاء مدينة الـ500 مليار دولار، «نيوم» ـــــ العمود الفقري لهذه «الرؤية» المتعثّرة ـــــ يتطلّب «سلاماً وتنسيقاً مع إسرائيل، خصوصاً إذا كانت المدينة ستُتاح لها فرصة أن تصبح منطقة جذب سياحي»، وفق الباحث في مؤسّسة «كونراد أديناور» الألمانيّة، محمد ياغي.

التقاطعات كثيرة، وكذا «المصالح» التي تجمع الحلف غير المُعلن، مضافاً إليها ضغوط أميركيّة تتبدّى عبر وكيل «المصالحة» الخليجية ــــــ الإسرائيلية، جاريد كوشنر، لحمل المملكة على إشهار علاقاتها «الحتميّة» بإسرائيل. ورغم أنّه «لا يمكن تغيير مسار سفينة حربيّة بين عشيّة وضحاها»، على حدّ تعبير كوشنر قبل أيام، فهو عاد وذكّر الرياض، يوم أمس، بأنّ مِن شأن تطبيع علاقاتها مع تل أبيب أن يصبّ في مصلحة اقتصاد ودفاع المملكة، إلى جانب أنه سيسهم في الحدّ من قوّة إيران في المنطقة. بالنسبة إلى إسرائيل، يمثّل «اتفاق السلام» بينها وبين الإمارات «الحجر الأساس الأهمّ في الطريق إلى تحقيق الهدف المركزيّ المتمثّل في تطبيع العلاقات مع السعودية»، والتعبير لمسؤول سياسي إسرائيلي تحدّث إلى «يديعوت أحرونوت».

في مقابل صمت الرياض الرسمي ودعوات واشنطن العلنيّة، التزم الإعلام السعودي، على جري عادته، سرديّة موحّدة، تقوم على تسويق فكرةٍ مفادها أنّ المملكة تنظر إلى تطبيع العلاقات بين أبو ظبي وتل أبيب باعتباره شأناً سيادياً إماراتياً، من شأنه أن «يسفر عن نتائج جيدة بالنسبة إلى القضية الفلسطينية»، عبر «تعليق عمليّة الضمّ إلى أجل غير مسمّى»، رغم كلّ ما حُكي ويحكى إسرائيلياً عن دعاية لا أساس لها سوّقتها الإمارات لتبرير خطوتها. بحسب ما كُتب، فإنّ الإعلان «لا ينطوي على أيّ تدخّل في الشأن الفلسطيني، بل (هو) حدّد خطوطاً حمراً لأي سياسة قد تنتهجها إسرائيل تنطوي على هضم حقوق الشعب الفلسطيني، وأبعد شبح ضم الأراضي الفلسطينية، وعزّز الحلّ عبر الدولتين».

ذكّر كوشنر الرياض بأنّ مِن شأن تطبيع علاقاتها مع تل أبيب أن يصبّ في مصلحة اقتصادها


تبرير الخطوة الإماراتية من باب «الواقعية» بوصفها «تشكل اختراقاً مهمّاً في عملية السلام… بعدما عانت من جمودٍ طويلٍ من دون أي تقدمٍ أو نجاحٍ»، كان له حصة وازنة، فضلاً عن الدعوة إلى «تجاوز الانقسام القاتل على قاعدة العودة إلى المطالبة بمبادرة السلام العربية كأساس للتفاوض». تعتبر الرياض، عبر إعلامها، أنّ «سياسة القطيعة والمقاطعة لم تحقّق لا مصلحة الفلسطينيين ولا مصلحة العرب»؛ من هنا، اختارت أبو ظبي «مقاربة أخرى تقوم على الاتصال والاعتراف لطرح المشكلات العالقة في مناخ مختلف»، ذلك أنّ «القضية الفلسطينية العادلة ظلّت لأكثر من سبعين عاماً من دون حلٍّ سياسي مُرضٍ للفلسطينيين الذين كانوا يصرّون على أشياء كبيرة، ويراهنون على قوة الحق ويتناسون حق القوة»، ويعتمدون «بالكامل على المساعدات من الدول العربية، وبخاصة دول الخليج العربي الغنية، في معاشهم وحياتهم ووظائفهم وسلطتهم وسفاراتهم، وفي كل تفاصيل حياتهم». إلى جانب كلّ ذلك، يتحدّث هؤلاء عن «ابتزاز عاطفي وأيدلوجي غير مسبوق (مورس) بسبب قضية فلسطين»، رغم أنّها «مثل كل قضايا التحرير التي كابدت الشعوب المحتلة لنيل تحررها من المستعمر، فلا الفلسطينيون أفضل من الفيتناميين ولا الجزائريين ولا بقية الأمم، ومع ذلك حظوا بدلال منقطع النظير… بينما كل الوثائق التاريخية تؤكّد أنهم هم من باعوا أراضيهم ليس بالمفرد بل بالقرى والنواحي حتى تحوّلت لمستوطنات يهودية». لذا، فـ»لا حلّ حقيقياً للقضية الفلسطينية إلا بمصارحة الفلسطينيين لأنفسهم وبناء هوية جديدة تقوم على أكتافهم لا أكتاف غيرهم… وتحمّل المسؤولية هي الطريق الصحيح».
سيشجّع تطبيع العلاقات بين الإمارات وإسرائيل دول الخليج الأخرى جميعها على أن تحذو حذو نظيرتها، وتخرج بعلاقاتها السريّة مع إسرائيل إلى العلن، حتى لا تُترك أبو ظبي وحدها تتمتّع بالجمع بين رأسمالها والتكنولوجيا الإسرائيلية المتطوّرة في كلّ المجالات، وتصبح هي وتل أبيب الأكثر قوّة وثروة في الشرق الأوسط، بحسب توماس فريدمان في «نيويورك تايمز» الذي يتحدّث في مقالته عن رسالة أخرى أقوى وذات بعد نفسي، موجّهة إلى إيران ووكلائها، مفادها أن «هناك الآن تحالفين في المنطقة؛ الأول هو تحالف الراغبين في أن يدفن المستقبل الماضي بقيادة الإمارات، والثاني هو تحالف من يريدون للماضي أن يدفن المستقبل بقيادة إيران».

جهر بخيانة مكشوفة

«إسرائيل» متمسّكة بخطّة الضم: في انتظار بقيّة العرب

فلسطين 

وليد شرارة 

السبت 15 آب 2020

أَبلغُ رد على اتفاق الخيانة الإماراتي مع إسرائيل برعاية أميركية جاء من المصلين في المسجد الأقصى، الذين رفعوا صورة محمد بن زايد وعليها كلمة خائن. قد تستخف نخب الارتزاق بهذا الموقف، الذي يعبّر عن اقتناعات الاتجاه الرئيسي بين جماهير الأمّة من المحيط إلى الخليج، بل ومن طنجة إلى جاكرتا، إلا أن المهم في مواجهة مثل هذا التطور هو ليس مناقشة حججها الفارغة ومنطقها المتداعي. المهم بالنسبة إلى المعنيين بمستقبل قضية فلسطين والصراع مع الكيان الصهيوني والهيمنة الأميركية وأذنابها المحليين، من مشيخات وممالك اخترعها الاستعمار في قلب جزيرة العرب، هو القراءة الصحيحة لخلفيات هذا الاتفاق والاعتبارات الفعلية لأطرافه، ولتداعياته على المعركة الدائرة بين قوى المقاومة في الأمة وأعدائها. آلة الحرب الإعلامية-الدعائية للجبهة المعادية تروّج للاتفاق باعتباره حدثاً «تاريخياً»، «زلزال جيوسياسي ضرب الشرق الأوسط»، بحسب عنوان المقال الأخير للمبشّر الأميركي الصهيوني توماس فريدمان.

في الواقع، نحن أمام عملية استعراضية، تكثر مثيلاتها في سياق عالمي تحاول فيه الدول الغربية التعويض عن ضمور هيمنتها وتراجع قدرات وكلائها المحليين بتنظيم مهرجانات مشهدية، يتكفل «التطبيل» الإعلامي الذي يرافقها بتقديمها على أنها دليل حسي على استمرار تحكمها في مجرى الأحداث. اتفاق التطبيع الكامل بين دويلة الإمارات واسرائيل نموذج جديد على هذا الفن الاستعراضي، يجهر بطريقة دراماتيكية بخيانة مكشوفة منذ زمن طويل للقاصي والداني من أبناء الأمّة، لكنه يشي في الآن نفسه بمصاعب وتحديات يواجهها جميع الأطراف المشاركين فيه وحاجتهم إلى انتصارات وهمية، تغطي عجزهم عن تغيير موازين القوى، المتحولة لغير مصلحتهم في الميدان.
سعي الجيل الجديد من النخب الحاكمة في الإمارات والسعودية والبحرين وعمان في الانتقال، بعلاقات أنظمتها بإسرائيل، من التقاطع إلى التحالف، السرّي ومن ثم العلني، تعزّزَ بقوة بعد موجة الانتفاضات الشعبية التي شهدتها المنطقة العربية سنة 2011، وما نجم عنها من شعور بالتهديد الوجودي لدى هذه الأنظمة. قبل هذا التاريخ، منذ بداية ستينيات القرن الماضي، تعاونت هذه الأخيرة مع الولايات المتحدة وإسرائيل للتصدي لصعود أي قوة إقليمية مستقلة، مرشحة لأن تتحول قطباً جاذباً لقسم من دوله وشعوبه، ولأن تعدّل موازين القوى فيه باتجاه متناقض مع الهيمنة الأميركية ووكلائها المحليين. الأسباب نفسها دفعت المشيخات والإمارات والممالك الخليجية إلى محاربة مصر الناصرية في الستينيات، والعراق في أواخر الثمانينيات وبداية التسعينيات، وإيران منذ انتصار ثورتها، ولكن بشراسة أكبر منذ بداية الألفية الثانية. قيام هذه الانظمة وبقاؤها ارتبطا بالهيمنة الغربية والأميركية، وهي لم تتورع عن الاندراج في مخططاتها، جنباً إلى جنب مع إسرائيل، لمواجهة أي مشروع استقلالي ذي أفق إقليمي، عربياً كان أو إسلامياً. هذا سرّ عدائها اليوم لإيران وحتى لتركيا إردوغان. لكن مشهد هروب الرئيس التونسي بن علي وسقوط نظيره مبارك وانتشار موجة الانتفاضات الشعبية في طول المنطقة وعرضها في ظل تخبط أميركي وغربي، وعجز عن دعم «الحلفاء» هو الذي أصابها بالذعر. في هذه اللحظة المفصلية بالذات تفتقت عبقرية الجيل الجديد من حكامها عن خيار «ورقة الأمان الإسرائيلية».

الفرضية الرئيسية التي تأسّس عليها هذا الخيار هي أن إسرائيل تمتلك في الولايات المتحدة منظومة مؤيدة


الفرضية الرئيسية التي تأسس عليها هذا الخيار هي أن إسرائيل تمتلك في الولايات المتحدة منظومة مؤيدة لها، وليس مجرد لوبي، وأن قدرتها على التأثير على سياستها الشرق أوسطية هائلة بكل ما للكلمة من معنى. إضافة إلى ذلك، فإن هذا الجيل الجديد مقتنع بأن إيران وحلفاءها في الدرجة الأولى، تليها في الدرجة الثانية تركيا وحلفاؤها، هم أعداء وجوديون مشتركون لهم ولإسرائيل. أخيراً، فإن هذا الجيل المعولم الذي ينظر إلى روابط العروبة والدين على أنها من مخلفات ماض بائد يرى في الشراكة مع إسرائيل، القوة العسكرية والاقتصادية والتكنولوجية، فرصة لتعظيم قدرات نظمه. عمل هؤلاء على توثيق أواصر الصلة مع الكيان الصهيوني ونخبه لتأكيد أنهم «كنز استراتيجي» لإسرائيل، كما وصف الوزير الصهيوني الأسبق بنيامين بن اليعازر الرئيس المصري المخلوع حسني مبارك بعد أيام من سقوطه. ومن الواضح أنهم نجحوا في هذا الأمر. وحتى دونالد ترامب اعترف لهم بهذا «الجميل» عندما رد على منتقديه على دعمه لمحمد بن سلمانـ بعد فضيحة قتل الصحافي جمال خاشقجي، مذكّراً بدور الأوّل في الوقوف إلى جانب إسرائيل ضد الذين يريدون إزالتها.

التحالف الأميركي-الإسرائيلي-الإماراتي-السعودي لم يعد سراً بالنسبة إلى أحد، لكن الحرص على تظهيره، مع الإمارات بداية، يرتبط بحسابات سياسية داخلية لدى أطرافه الثلاثة، وبرغبتهم في تسجيل نجاح وهمي ضد محور المقاومة عبر الاحتفال بتحقيق مثل هذا «الاختراق»، بينما هم فشلوا في المعركة المركزية معه، المتمحورة حول مراكمته وتطويره لقدرات عسكرية وصاروخية تسهم في تغيير تدريجي ولكن متواصل لموازين القوى في المنطقة لغير مصلحتهم.

ترامب، الذي يرى فرص إعادة انتخابه تذوي، والعاجز عن القيام بأي إنجاز داخلي يحول دون ذلك، يبحث بدلاً منها عن إنجازات خارجية لعلها تساعد في وقف انحدار شعبيته المتسارع. نتنياهو، المتهم بالفساد، والذي يواجه احتجاجات لم يسبق أن واجه رئيس وزراء صهيوني مثيلاً لها منذ إنشاء الكيان، إلى درجة دفعت البعض إلى الحديث عن احتمالات حرب أهلية، يأمل أن يخفف من حدتها عبر إبراز نجاح ما في الخارج. الإمارات امتثلت لطلبات الراعي الأميركي والحليف الإسرائيلي، لكنها بدورها متورطة في نزاع مفتوح مع تركيا وحلفائها، وليبيا أبرز ساحاته حالياً، وهي طرف في المحور المعادي لإيران على رغم محاولاتها لتطبيع خجول معها صدّته الولايات المتحدة. هي تنصاع للطلبات الأميركية والإسرائيلية في مقابل حمايتها من خصومها الأقوياء. أطراف مأزومون، لم يتمكنوا من الانتصار في معركة الصواريخ المركزية ضد محور المقاومة، يحتفون بالجهر بما كان معلوماً. أما محمد بن زايد، فعليه التوقف والتفكير ملياً في ما قد يترتب على تصنيفه خائناً في باحات الأقصى، في القدس، عاصمة الأمّة.

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RAIN OF ROCKETS HITS US FORCES IN IRAQ. ISRAELI-UAE PEACE DEAL CRUMBLES DAYS AFTER ITS ANNOUNCEMENT

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As it was expected, the ‘historic’ UAE-Israeli peace deal did not contribute to the stability in the Middle East. Instead, the situation has been slowly, but steadily moving towards a larger confrontation in the region.

Immediately after the announcement of the US-sponsored peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that his country is not going to fulfill one of its key provisions – the suspension of the annexation of West Bank territories. The prime minister emphasized that the annexation plan was just delayed, but not suspended.

“There is no change to my plan to extend sovereignty, our sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, in full coordination with the United States,” Netanyahu said adding that “Israel will have comprehensive peace agreements with other Arab countries without returning to the 1967 borders.”

This unfortunate, but expected statement goes fully in the framework of the Israeli regional policy and contradicts position of the US-sponsored deal reached with the UAE. In particular, Crown Prince Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed emphasized that “it was agreed to stop Israel’s annexation of the Palestinian lands.”

The Israeli actions strengthened the already existing controversy over the deal and on August 15-16, the situation escalated in the Gaza Strip. According to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Palestinian protesters with explosives tried to approach the security fence and then Palestinian forces launched at least 2 rockets at southern Israel. In its own turn, IDF aircraft conducted a series of airstrikes on what Tel Aviv described as Hamas targets.

If the Israeli leadership keeps its course on the annexation of the West Bank areas, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will expectedly escalate, and even possibly expand further. For example, in this scenario, an escalation could be expected in the area of the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights and on the Lebanese-Israeli contact line.

On August 14, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah already declared that the movement “will not remain silent on the crime of the bombing the Port of Beirut if it is proven that Israel is behind it.” According to Nasrallah, Hezbollah would wait for results of an investigation into the Beirut port explosion and if it turns out to be an act of sabotage by Israel then it would “pay an equal price”.

The August 4 blast in the port of Beirut is still surrounded by mystery and uncertainties, and many sources, including the top US leadership, still consider the possibility that the tragedy was caused by some kind of ‘attack’. In this event, the main suspect is Israel, which has always been interested in the destabilization of neighboring Arab states to secure own dominance in the region.

Tensions are also growing between the United States and Iran. On August 14, the Department of Justice announced that US forces have seized some 1.116m barrels of Iranian fuel aboard 4 ships headed for Venezuela. The seizure came amid increasing attacks on US forces and facilities from pro-Iranian and anti-US armed groups in Iraq.

On the evening of August 16, a rocket targeted the Green Zone of Iraq’s capital Baghdad, which houses government buildings and foreign missions. The strike led to no casualties. Just a few hours earlier, the pro-Iranian armed group Ashab al-Kahf released a video showing an improvised explosive device attack on a US equipment convoy in the Anbar area. The group claimed that the convoy was fully destroyed. On August 15, two rockets targeted the biggest US military base in Iraq – Camp Taji. The base is located north of Baghdad. On the same day, a convoy carrying logistical supplies for the U.S.-led coalition was targeted on the highway between Dhi Qar and Basrah in southern Iraq. The attack was conducted by another pro-Iranian group, Usbat al-Tha’ireen. Pro-US sources denied any casualties as a result of the attack. These were just the most recent in about two dozen various attacks on US-affiliated targets in Iraq during the past few weeks.

If the US and Iran continue the current confrontational course, it is expected that the number and intensity of attacks in Iraq will increase boosting the chances of an open confrontation between the US and Iranian-led forces.

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UAE-Israel deal: The new hegemons of the Middle East

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Palestinian protesters set aflame cut-outs showing the faces of Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Donald Trump, during a demonstration in Nablus in the occupied West Bank on 14 August 2020 (AFP)

17 August 2020 12:36 UTC

David Hearst

This bleak vision will fail, much faster than the Jordanian and Egyptian treaties with Israel which too were built on sand. It can only lead to more conflict

 The three men who hatched the first recognition by an Arab state of Israel in 26 years are all in trouble domestically.

US President Donald Trump is finding any way he can to stop his fellow Americans from voting in an orderly fashion in November, because if enough of them did, on current poll ratings he would lose. Israeli premier Binyamin Netanyahu has been overwhelmed by the protests outside his home at his handling of Covid, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed has seen one pet project after another crash in flames into the sea, first the coup attempt in Turkey, then the siege of Qatar, and latterly the failure of his surrogate forces to seize Tripoli.

Each man needed a diplomatic coup, something their media could call historic. Each knows what would happen to them if they lost power 

Each man needed a diplomatic coup, something their media could call historic. Each knows what would happen to them if they lost power. For Netanyahu and Trump it could mean prison. For MbZ it would mean exile or death. His love affair with Israel is his life insurance. Their personal  fates are to an extraordinary sense, intertwined.

MbZ needed to find an alternative regional backer, acutely aware as he was of the falling value of his investment in Trump. He has made enough enemies in the CIA and the Pentagon to know the moment Trump leaves , the US deep state will return with a vengeance.

Netanyahu needed to find an exit strategy from protests and a fraying coalition, to find a policy that he alone controlled. While he has once again betrayed his right wing by freezing, ( although not abandoning) annexation, the Houdini of political escapes has just wriggled out of his handcuffs once again.

“For the first time in the country’s history I signed a peace agreement coming from strength – peace for peace,” his video tweet boasted. “This is the approach I have driven for years: making peace is possible without turning over territories, without dividing Jerusalem, without endangering our future. In the Middle East, the strong survive – and a strong people makes peace.”

Trump needed a signature foreign policy stunt, something he could call a return on all the political capital he has spent on his son in law, Jared Kushner. The “Deal of the Century” was always going to be dead on arrival. Trump needed a tangible.

End of the affair

But this deal, to be buttressed by Morocco, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia, differs fundamentally from Egypt’s or Jordan’s peace deals with Israel. Each in their turn was the start of an affair. Each heralded wider negotiations which, for a time, brought the hope of a just settlement to the Palestinian conflict.

This is the end of an affair. No negotiations, outside the palaces of the players involved, have taken place over this. There will be no elections to seek a popular mandate. Not one of the many querulous Palestinian factions or parties has gone anywhere near this, as to do so would mean the abandonment of East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian State, negotiations on the basis of 1967 borders and the right of the return.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed with US President Donald Trump (AFP/file photo)
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed with US President Donald Trump (AFP/file photo)

This deal is not about peace. Arab leaders have met Israeli leaders regularly. King Abdullah 1 of Jordan met Zionist leaders before 1948 and his grandson King Hussein carried on the tradition. His biographer Avi Schlaim counted 42 meetings with his Israeli counterparts. King Hassan of Morocco used Mossad to get rid of his opponents. 

None of this regular contact between avowed enemies changed the rejection of Israel by the Arab masses. 

The UAE’s recognition of Israel has nothing to do with the search for an end to conflict. Its about establishing a new regional order between dictators and occupiers – Arab dictators and Israeli occupiers. As America withdraws as the regional hegemon, new ones are needed. Step forward Israel and the UAE.

Trade, unimpeded telecoms, travel and recognition between Israel and its richest Gulf neighbours will become new “facts on the ground”, its architects imagine, as immutable as the roads that bypass Palestinian villages and the settlements themselves. No negotiation is required. Just the white flag of defeat.

This accord is virtual reality. It will be blown away by a new popular revolt not just in Palestine but across the Arab world

I am fairly confident that Palestinians won’t wave the white flag of surrender today, any more than they would have done in the past seven decades. They will not abandon their political rights, and take the money. But nothing less is required for this plan to succeed. 

If this moral collapse was going to happen anywhere, it would have happened in an enclave Israel has starved for the last 14 years  – Gaza. But there is no sign of popular resistance to Israel waning. Nor will this happen in the relatively freer West Bank .The Palestinian Authority called the decision “despicable” and “treason” to both the Palestinian people, Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The wave of anger and resentment coursing through Palestinian veins is reflected in the Arab population at large. Every honest attempt to monitor popular opinion on this issue comes up with answers Trump, Netanyahu and MBZ would rather not hear.

The percentage of Arabs opposing diplomatic recognition of Israel has gone up, not down, in the last decade. The Arab Opinion Index quantified this trend. In 2011, 84 per cent opposed diplomatic recognition. By 2018, the figure was 87 per cent.

Just watch the reaction

There will be a reaction to this both among Palestinians and on the Arab street in general. It is already possible to discern two trends.

Among Palestinians, this deal will force Fatah and Hamas, bitter rivals since the civil war in Gaza in 2007, into each other’s arms. That is already happening at youth level, but such is the degree of anger and betrayal felt in the top echelons of the PLO, that it is also happening at leadership level as well. 

If Netanyahu and bin Zayed are on the phone to each other, so too now are Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, and Ismail Haniyeh, the political leader of Hamas. The PA’s strong reaction to the Emirati accord was welcomed by Hamas. A Hamas source told Arabi21 that he saw the PA’s position as an “opportunity for joint political and field action in the West Bank and Gaza Strip”. 

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If this new sense of common purpose between the two main rival Palestinian factions is sustainable  – and Abbas in the past  has been unwilling to accept any partners in the governance of Palestine – this is the beginning of the end of arrests of Hamas activists in the West Bank by the Palestinian Preventive Security.

This was once headed by Jibril Rajoub, who is now general secretary of Fatah. But today Rajoub holds press conferences with Hamas’s second in command, Saleh Arouri – a further sign that the rapprochement between the two parties is gathering momentum.

Rajoub, who was speaking during a joint teleconference press interview with Arouri, said: “We will lead our battle together under the flag of Palestine to achieve an independent and sovereign Palestinian state on the 1967 borders and solving the issue of the refugees on the basis of international resolutions.”

The Dahlan plan

This reaction would have been foreseen by the Arab hegemons and Israel. Their answer is to promote the exiled Palestinian leader Mohammed Dahlan and/or his surrogates as the next Palestinian president. 

I revealed this plan four years ago. It was written down in black and white in a document summarising the discussions between the UAE, Jordan and Egypt.

In it, Dahlan’s homecoming was specifically linked to “a peace agreement with Israel with the backing of Arab states”.

Dahlan himself, who is in exile in Abu Dhabi, has said nothing about the agreement. But his faction within Fatah, which calls itself the “Democratic Reform Movement”, issued a statement saying it “followed with great interest the joint American-Emirati-Israeli statement, which announced the start of a path to normalization of relations, which includes a freeze on the decision to annex Israel to parts of the occupied West Bank”.

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His supporters over the weekend called him “the leader”. 

The result? His picture was burned in Ramallah yesterday along with pictures of bin Zayed. 

In the past, Dahlan has played the divisions between Hamas and Fatah shrewdly. For a brief spell there was talk of a rapprochement between Dahlan and Hamas, in a revived relationship with Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas leader of Gaza. Sinwar and Dahlan were former schoolmates. The two met in secret talks in Cairo.

All his previous work, including the payment of weddings in Gaza and the cultivation of supporters and militias in Balata Camp, has been thrown to the wind now. Dahlan has crossed a rubicon by supporting this deal, although this fact has yet to sink in.

Across the Arab world in general, the second immediate effect of this announcement is the recognition that the demands of the Arab Spring for democracy in the Arab world and the demands of Palestinians for sovereignty are one and the same thing.

They have common enemies: Arab despots whose suppression of democracy is more cruel and medieval than ever. They have common cause – popular resistance to oligarchs who wield all the power – both military and economic.

Instead of investing its money in Jordan or Egypt which desperately needs its cash, the wealthiest sovereign wealth fund in the Gulf will start investing in Israel

Netanyahyu was not exaggerating when he said on Thursday night when the deal was announced that recognition by the UAE would enrich Israel. “This is very important for our economy, the regional economy and our future,” the prime minister said.

He said the UAE would make investments that would boost the Israeli economy. Well, quite. Instead of investing its money in Jordan or Egypt which desperately needs its cash, the wealthiest sovereign wealth fund in the Gulf will start investing in Israel, which is in comparison already a substantial high-tech economy.

Not only is bin Zayed contemptuous of Arab democracy (hence his suppression of popular democratic movements). He is above all contemptuous of his own people, whom he consigns to the gutters of the new post-oil economy.

This bleak vision will fail, much faster than the Jordanian and Egyptian treaties with Israel which too were built on sand. It can only lead to more conflict.

Whereas before, Israeli leaders could pretend to be bystanders to the turmoil of dictatorship in the Arab world, this now ties the Jewish state to maintaining the autocracy and repression around it. They cannot pretend to be the victims of a “tough neighbourhood”. They are its main pillar.

This accord is virtual reality. It will be blown away by a new popular revolt not just in Palestine but across the Arab world. This revolt may already have started.

This article is available in French on Middle East Eye French edition.

David Hearst is the editor in chief of Middle East Eye. He left The Guardian as its chief foreign leader writer. In a career spanning 29 years, he covered the Brighton bomb, the miner’s strike, the loyalist backlash in the wake of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in Northern Ireland, the first conflicts in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in Slovenia and Croatia, the end of the Soviet Union, Chechnya, and the bushfire wars that accompanied it. He charted Boris Yeltsin’s moral and physical decline and the conditions which created the rise of Putin. After Ireland, he was appointed Europe correspondent for Guardian Europe, then joined the Moscow bureau in 1992, before becoming bureau chief in 1994. He left Russia in 1997 to join the foreign desk, became European editor and then associate foreign editor. He joined The Guardian from The Scotsman, where he worked as education correspondent.

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ما هي تفاصيل بند الـ10 مليارات دولار السريّ في اتفاق التطبيع الإماراتيّ الصهيونيّ؟

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كشفت صحيفة “يديعوت أحرونوت” الصهيونية عن احتواء اتفاق التطبيع بين الكيان الصهيوني والإمارات على بند سريّ.

وبحسب الصحيفة، وفق تفاصيل البند يتم تزويد أبو ظبي بمقاتلات أميركية من طراز “F-35” وطائرات صهيونية متطورة من دون طيار.

وشددت الصحيفة على أن البند سري للغاية ولم يعلن عنه، كما قالت مصادر أميركية وإماراتية لها، إن قيمة الصفقة تبلغ 10 مليارات دولار.

من جانبه أوضح ديوان رئاسة وزراء العدو أن “إسرائيل” “لم تغير موقفها المعارض لبيع أسلحة كاسرة لتفوق تل أبيب وتكنولوجيا أمنية متطورة إلى جميع دول الشرق الأوسط”.

إلى ذلك، كتب ديفيد هيرست، رئيس تحرير موقع “ميدل إيست آي” البريطاني مقالة في الموقع تناول فيها اتفاق التطبيع الإماراتي الصهيوني.

واعتبر هيرست أن ثلاثة رجال وضعوا أول اعتراف من قبل دولة عربية بــ “إسرائيل” منذ 26 عاماً جميعهم في مأزق محلي.

فالرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب يسعى إلى أي طريقة ممكنة لمنع الأميركيين من التصويت بطريقة منظمة في تشرين الثاني / نوفمبر المقبل، لأنه إذا فعل عدد كافٍ منهم، فسيخسر منصبه بحسب تقييمات الاستطلاع الحالية.

أما رئيس الوزراء الصهيوني بنيامين نتنياهو فهو قلق من الاحتجاجات خارج منزله بسبب تعامله مع فيروس كورونا، بينما شهد ولي عهد أبوظبي محمد بن زايد تحطم مشاريعه واحداً تلو الآخر.

The Unholy Alliance: Ten Years of Undercover Normalization Come to Light

The Unholy Alliance: Ten Years of Undercover Normalization Come to Light

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Video-graphics showing the United Arab Emirates’ steps toward normalization with the ‘Israeli’ occupation entity in the past decade until announcing their unholy alliance last week.

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Nasrallah: If Israel is behind Beirut blast, our response will be devastating

Date: 16 August 2020

Author: lecridespeuples

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on August 14, 2020, on the occasion of the celebration of the 14th anniversary of the 2006 victory.

Source: moqawama.org

Translation: resistancenews.org

This video only captions the last section of the excerpt transcribed below

Transcript:

[Israel assassinated a Hezbollah fighter in Syria, and our retaliation in kind is inevitable]

[…] Today there is an equation that protects Lebanon, namely the deterrence equation (against Israel). And this equation grows stronger and stronger (to our advantage) day after day through the development of our equipment, our state of readiness, our personnel, our abilities, our human, military and material capacities (and our experiences on various battlefields —Syria, Iraq, Yemen…). And Israel and its (American) masters know it (very) well, and they fear and dread it. This is the equation that protects Lebanon today. There is nothing else that protects Lebanon. It is the golden equation Army-People-Resistance, and essentially (the) Resistance (Axis) through the equation of deterrence, that protects Lebanon. It is neither the Arab League, nor the Organization of the Islamic Conference —which is now called the Organization of Islamic Cooperation— nor the United Nations, nor the Security Council, nor the international resolutions (that protect Lebanon). And anyone who claims otherwise, let him come forward and enlighten us with his perspective. […]

[Having spoken at length about the 2006 victory and the reasons for America’s fierce hostility towards us], I will now address three points. The first is about the atmosphere that prevailed in southern Lebanon for several weeks. The second is the historic peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The third point relates to claims that Israel is responsible for the explosion in Beirut. And while speaking of the explosion in Beirut, I will follow up with several points relating to the internal (Lebanese) situation.

First point: two or three weeks ago, or even more, an Israeli aggression in the suburbs of Damascus led to the martyrdom of dear brothers, including a Lebanese martyr of Hezbollah, the martyr Ali Kamel Mohsen. Of course, since (this equation) had already been announced (before), the Israelis were well aware that ultimately, Hezbollah would not remain silent about this aggression and would retaliate (inevitably). And that is why on its own, with no need for any speech of mine, (nor any Hezbollah promise to retaliate and without) any communiqué or statement (from us), Israel has taken drastic (security) measures on the whole length of the border, from Naqqoura to the Golan Heights, over the entire Lebanese-Syrian border with occupied Palestine and with the occupied Golan. Israel remained (standing) on one leg and a half (ready to flee at the slightest alert), and took all necessary measures so that none of its soldiers would be exposed (to Hezbollah) and thus deny us any opportunity to strike back.

See What happened —and didn’t happen— at the Israel-Lebanon border?

Of course, as far as we’re concerned, from day one our decision was to strike back. Naturally, our decision to retaliate, and the retaliation we will conduct, will be aimed at confirming the rules of engagement. Therefore, it needs to be a well-prepared, well-studied (and proportionate) attack, and a serious one (with casualties on the Israeli side). Our aim is not to make any fuss in the media, to show off, or to get on or off our high horses as soon as we are given the opportunity [reference to the pseudo Hezbollah incursion repelled by Israel, with the probable aim of defusing the real response while allowing Hezbollah to save face]. You misunderstood us. We are not looking for media (attention), we are not bragging, and we don’t seek any recognition. There is a real equation, there are rules of engagement in place and very present, and we want to preserve and uphold them. And we will confirm them with a serious, studied and calculated attack: this is (the only way) to confirm them.

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And that is why everything that happened since the first day of the martyrdom of our dear martyr Ali Kamel Mohsein and until this day is part of the punishment. Just imagine… And of course, this has caused a great debate within the Zionist entity, the fact that for three weeks this (alleged) powerful regional army has been on high alert along the entire length of the border, taking all safety, prudence and precautionary measures, canceled training & maneuvers, and canceled (the majority) of the movements and patrols in the border area, pending the (imminent) Hezbollah response. It is all part of the punishment. If you kill one of our fighters, then you must expect a response which can come at any time and at any point on the border, and you will have to pay the price for your crime.

See Fearing imminent retaliation, IDF sends apology letter to Hezbollah

And tonight, I (only) want to say that this decision (to retaliate) is still valid, that absolutely nothing has changed (following the explosion in the port of Beirut). It’s just a matter of time. And they must continue to wait (our attack which can come at any time).

[The UAE-Israel Peace Agreement]

Second point: Yesterday, US President Trump announced a historic peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the Israeli enemy. Of course, he had some sort of (party) at the White House, (just like a wedding, surrounded by his administration officials standing) to his right and left (and clapping). As a member of this (Arab-Muslim) Community, as a person believing in God the Most High and the Exalted and in the Day of Judgment, and considering that I will be questioned in the Hereafter on my stance about this issue, on a personal level, and on behalf of Hezbollah and the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon, I must say certain things about this.

Of course, I’m not going to get into (long) historical and geographic analyzes, or dwell (at lenght) upon the reasons that prompted the Emirates to do this. I only have a few clear and unequivocal words to say (on this subject).

First, we were (not at all) surprised by what the leaders, or some leaders of the Emirates, did. We were hardly surprised. It was the logical consequence and the inevitable destination of the path they were on. Anyway, normalization (of relations) was already a reality: planes were already flowing back and forth between the two countries, Israeli ministers were already (often) traveling to the Emirates, Israel was already participating in conferences and events (held in the Emirates), economic and medical aid, agreements and cooperation against the coronavirus were in place, etc. It was already a reality.

But it seems (manifest) that the need to announce a (peace) agreement was first and foremost an American need, a need for President Trump to put forward some accomplishment, for (the Emirates and Israel) could very well have continued at this pace for months, a year, two years, three years, etc. I mean if the goal was normalization (of relationships), it was already in force and (almost) total. So there is nothing surprising (in this announcement), which is the natural culmination of the path the UAE leadership has been trodding (for a long time). The current result (was eminently predictable).

The timing (of this announcement) confirms how some Arab regimes are just (docile) servants of the US administration. Trump needs a foreign political accomplishment because his term is coming to an end, and he has no foreign policy accomplishment to show off. (Not to mention) the internal situation (which sees the United States ravaged by) the coronavirus, unemployment, lock-downs, the (disastrous) economic situation, which constitute Trump’s great predicament. But even at the level of foreign policy, he left the Iran nuclear deal in the hope of breaking (the regime), but he failed; in North Korea, he got nowhere; as far as China is concerned, nothing has happened; the Deal of the Century was unanimously rejected by the Palestinians, and there was no real opportunity to get it accepted (by the Palestinians or the international community). (All his foreign policy) is nothing but a series of failures. That’s why he needs (any kind of) accomplishment. Who is ready to provide him with (illusory) accomplishments? His tools in the Middle East!

What the Emirates have done is an electoral, political and personal favour to President Trump, so that he can benefit from it during the (upcoming) election. That’s the reason for its timing. (This peace agreement was achieved) during Trump’s weakest electoral period, according to all polls in the United States (which, unsurprisingly, predict that he’ll lose the elections by a great margin). Likewise, it is a personal and political favour to Netanyahu. Within the Zionist entity, Netanyahu is today weaker than ever since the beginning of his political life: he is accused of corruption, he awaits a trial, demonstrations against him (are organized every day), his government is in decomposition, there have been three elections and there will perhaps be a fourth… He therefore needs to assert something in order to be able to present himself to his people —the people who occupy Palestine— as the one who achieved this historic peace agreement, an historic achievement, (has an) exceptional diplomacy, etc. Unfortunately, such is (the opportunity) that (the Emirates) provide (to Trump and Netanyahu).

And we must expect, until the US elections, that a number (of other) Arab countries and Arab regimes (do the same), and they are ready and (obediently) waiting their turn in the queue, just waiting for a snap of the finger not from Trump, but from (his special envoy to the Middle East Jared) Kushner. As soon as he signals them, they will travel (one after the other) to Washington, to the White House, and there will be several such historic peace agreements between certain Arab regimes (and Israel).

In truth, just as Trump wanted to strengthen America’s economic situation for years, and did it by milking —I use the verb ‘to milk’ (like dairy cows, as Trump said during his campaign) on purpose— financially some Arab Gulf regimes, extracting (hundreds of) billions of dollars from them, today, in order to improve his electoral situation until the presidential elections, he wants to milk them politically. He will extract from them (evertyhing, to the last drop) of their dignity, their image, their history and their religion, if they still have a religion. He is going to strip them of everything they have left, just for his sake and the sake of his friend Netanyahu, who is in disarray within the (Zionist) entity. And that’s why we shouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow such or such country, and maybe even more than that, (announces a peace agreement with Israel). It has to do with (Trump’s) electoral needs. It’s not a necessity. Maybe one country will suffice, or maybe the US administration will think they need two or three countries. All these (subservient Arab) countries are ready, and waiting their turn in the queue. This will not be a problem for the United States.

Either way, what was announced is now common knowledge and will be ratified within days or weeks by the current ruler of the Emirates. It was something to be expected, and reflects many Arab (treacherous) policies in our region, in which the (only) criterion is the approval of the United States. Whatever pleases the United States, they do (eagerly). What pleases the United States is to be at the service of Israel, to make peace with Israel, to recognize Israel, and so they all line up (obediently to do whatever their US master asks of them). (Likewise, when Washington asks them) to be hostile to the enemies of Israel, to fight the enemies of Israel, to fight (the Axis of) Resistance, to turn their backs on the Palestinian people, to abandon Al -Quds (Jerusalem), they all cry out ‘We hear and obey’ (Quranic verse adressed by believers to God and His Messenger) and just do it. This is the real situation today.

Anyway, day after day, it is shown that what the official Arab media and a large number of Arab regimes have done, especially in the Gulf, by speaking (constantly) of “the Iranian enemy”, by portraying Iran as a great threat, etc., it was all just smoke bombs to make peace with Israel, to recognize Israel and to establish relations with Israel, in order to (enable it to) devote itself (to its) real enemy, namely Iran. But at the same time, many of all (these countries) who speak of Iran as an enemy are trying to contact Iran behind the scenes, reassure Iran, and build relationships with Iran. Their public statements are hostile and aggressive, but behind the scenes they are saying something quite different. And they hope to get to a point where they will have very good relations with Israel, and very good relations with Iran, because they are weak, and have no color, no taste and no smell. In truth, the smallest storm from here or there can shake their thrones. I will say no more and I will express our position in two points.

The first point is that we all have a humanitarian, religious, legal, jihadist, moral, national and community obligation to stand up and say (loud and clear) that we denounce, reject and condemn this (peace agreement). It is a betrayal of Islam, a betrayal of Arabity, a betrayal of the (Muslim) Community, a betrayal of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) and of the Palestinian people, a betrayal of the (Muslim and Christian) holy places. What the Palestinians said is true: it was an act of treason, a stab in the back. Any similar words (of condemnation) are fair to characterize this position (of the Emirates). If we cannot do anything concrete to fight this most execrable and detestable act perpetrated by the rulers of the Emirates, we can at least reject it by words (of condemnation). And the weakest degree of faith (for those who are at risk if they speak out publicly, especially inside Arab dictatorships) is to cast it into our hearts. But many can denounce it through a public stance (without endangering their life, freedom or livelihood), and if they keep silent today, they will pay (for this silence) on the Day of Judgment. The first point is therefore the necessary denunciation and condemnation of this peace agreement.

And in the second point, I address the Palestinian people who is oppressed and betrayed today, as well as the Arab and Muslim peoples who remain (committed) to the heart of the Palestinian cause, and to the Resistance movements: I tell them that we have to be angry in our hearts, and view this heinous act as despicable betrayal, but we are not to be saddened. Don’t be saddened. On the contrary, it is good that the masks fall off. It is good that what was happening under the table is done above the table. It is good that what was done in secret is now done in public. Basically, it is one of the divine, historical and social customs, as we have seen (time and time again) through the ages and in societies, just as it is something clearly established in the Holy Quran: when God the Most High decrees that the Front of Truth is approaching (the ultimate) victory, it must get rid of its burdens, purify itself, cleanse its ranks, expel hypocrites, liars and those who plot (against it), the submissive, those who stab him in the back. The fact that these people get out of the Front of Truth, the Position of Truth and the Cause of Truth —in this case the Palestinian cause—, far from being harmful, will on the contrary make the Resistance movements, the peoples of the Resistance and the regimes that believe in the Resistance (stronger), because this will allow the Resistance Front to clearly distinguish its friends from its enemies, to purge its ranks by getting rid of the hypocrites. This is a natural condition (for success).

Therefore, just as we are well aware of the hateful aspect of this betrayal of the Emirates, which must make us angry, we must say “You may hate something, and it may be (yet) a blessing for you” (Quranic verse). When the ranks of the (Muslim) Community become clean, healthy and purified of all those people who (can) stab you halfway, at a quarter of the way or (just) before the end of your journey and thus upset the equations, of those who plot against you, who present themselves as your friends but are your enemies, your adversaries and are nothing but spies (in the service of the enemy), on the contrary, it is a (very) good thing, even if it is painful. This is a (very) good thing, even if it is painful, just as it is painful to get rid of unhealthy parts of the body so that the body can regain its health, and get stronger and healthier.

The third point with regard to Israel is the explosion at the port of Beirut… (Before getting to this) I just want to mention one last thing: in Lebanon, we were always accused of going against the “Arab unanimity” (in the Israeli-Palestinian question) and we were accused of “leaving Arab unanimity” (by making the choice of the armed Resistance), but where is the Arab unanimity? The Emirates are going their own way. Where is the Arab peace initiative on the table? Is there even a table (of negotiations) and an Arab peace plan left? Does the Arab League still exist? Do we still have official Arab regimes? I’m not asking the question “Are there any Arabs left” because (these Arab rulers) are not the (genuine) Arabs. Arabs are other people (the resistant peoples of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, etc.).

[Beirut explosion: accusations against Israel cover up slanderous accusations against Hezbollah]

The third point is (the explosion at) the port of Beirut. I will approach this issue by mentioning Israel’s (alleged implication) and continue with the Lebanese internal situation. Of course, we in Hezbollah do not (yet) have a conclusion as to the causes of the explosion in the port of Beirut. If anyone asks us what the analysis (and conclusion) of Hezbollah are, we will say that we have no account (certain and proven of how the events unfolded). The correct conclusions will be made by the authorities conducting the investigation, and we are not in charge of the investigation. We have not been charged with this responsibility. It is not our responsibility (anyway), it is that of the State, justice and security authorities of Lebanon. And now we hear that they have asked for help from American experts, we have heard that FBI experts are coming or are already there, as well as French experts, etc.

In theory, there are two main possibilities. Either the first or the second (must be true). The first possibility is that it was an accident. It’s a possibility. I did not discuss these assumptions in my previous speech. Maybe there was this stockpile of nitrate (ammonium) on one side, a stockpile of fireworks nearby, some workers were using blowtorches, the flames hit the fireworks and started the fires, and the fireforws exploded (in all directions) and detonated the nitrate. This explosion would therefore be an accident (according to this theory). And all this would only be due to negligence, corruption of the administration, irresponsibility, recklessness, etc. Therefore, the first theory excludes the intentional act. The second theory is that this is an intentional act. It could have been executed in various ways: some have spoken of warplanes or drones carrying out strikes, which is not supported by any evidence so far. Another theory is a direct human intervention which would have started the fire or placed a small explosive charge which would have caused this fire and these successive explosions. Who could be the instigator of this intentional criminal act? Maybe this or that part, or maybe Israel. No one can rule out this possibility.

As for us, Hezbollah, we are awaiting the results of the investigation. Some claim that Hezbollah (already) knows how this explosion occurred, and that anyway Hezbollah knows (absolutely) everything about Lebanon, and that it has intelligence capabilities that keep it informed of everything that happens inside Lebanon. I’ve said in the past that (most of the time) we’re either underestimated or overestimated (by both friends and enemies). But I swear by God that we are not (omniscient nor omnipotent)! There are a lot of things, a lot of regions, a lot of organizations and a lot of events that we ignore, and it’s not our job (to know everything) anyway. This is the job of the State and its security agencies. What concerns us is the Resistance, it is Israel. Of course, the direct security of the Resistance concerns us. But let me be clear, because there are some of our friends and supporters who speak out on TV (asking from us the impossible): We don’t have the capacity to take responsibility for internal national security. We are incapable of it. I’m not (merely) saying we don’t want to do it. Of course, we don’t want to do it anyway (if we were tasked with police tasks, it could lead to many problems and ultimately civil war), but (even if we wanted to), we wouldn’t be able to! Why do you want to place an unbearable burden on us? This is the responsibility of the State, which has a budget, collects taxes, has a very large number of soldiers, security forces, an Army, (legions of public servants), etc. Either way, we do not have a full account of what happened, we are not in charge of the investigation, and we do not have precise (and definitive) information about the way this explosion happened. We are therefore awaiting (the results of) the investigation.

If the investigation establishes that it was an accident, then the judiciary will have to establish who is legally responsible for the carnage and punish them. If it is an act of sabotage, then there will still be (Lebanese) officials to identify and punish, because the fact that these explosives were stored for 6 years and that fireworks were stored nearby is in itself criminal negligence. But it will be necessary to identify who is the instigator of this act of sabotage. If this is Israel, then everything will be turned upside down.

I have read certain statements, and listened to certain press conferences, just as I have been informed that in Lebanon and outside Lebanon is said the following: the person responsible for this act of sabotage is the Israeli enemy… But of course, the purpose of these allegations is not to condemn Israel, but Hezbollah! (These rumors therefore say that the responsible for the explosion is Israel), that Hezbollah knows it (very well) but that we remain silent and hide this truth because we don’t want an escalation by retaliating against Israel, and that we are weak and incapable of retaliating against Israel. These are the rumors that prompt me to bring up this point.

Anyway, the investigation must continue, and give (clear) answers to the Lebanese people, and not to Hezbollah: to the Lebanese people as a whole and to the entire Lebanese State, because it is a huge national and humanitarian disaster that affected everyone. And God’s mercy has (largely) spared us. The mercy of God caused a large part of the explosion to be absorbed by the sea, and it is now said that a large part of these explosives did not explode, for if the 2,750 tons of nitrate of ammonium had exploded, the disaster and tragedy would have been much more serious. Either way, I’m not the one leading the investigation, and I’m not the one making the accusations. We are awaiting (the results) of the official Lebanese investigation.

Of course, I have to say that if the FBI steps in, and if Israel is really involved in this explosion, that means Israel will be cleared of all accusations. (This is sure to happen) if the FBI leads the investigation. Likewise, if Lebanon accepts an international investigation, its primary role will be to clear Israel of all responsibility for the explosion —if Israel is indeed involved. And this is why if some voices say that they do not trust a Lebanese investigation, just as you are Lebanese and it is your right not to trust a local investigation, we are also Lebanese and we declare that we have no trust (whatsoever) in an international investigation.

[If Israel is to blame, Hezbollah’s response will be more devastating than the explosion in Beirut]

If the Lebanese investigation concludes that this is an act of terrorism and sabotage, and that Israel is involved, it is not just Hezbollah that will have to respond. The Lebanese State in all its institutions, the Lebanese people in all its components, all forces and all political parties and all the Lebanese will have to stand up and respond to this Israeli aggression against the port of Beirut, against a warehouse storing such (quantities of) explosives. This is not an operation that targets Hezbollah, but all the Lebanese people, the Lebanese State and all the sects of Lebanon —I regret to have to specify it (because some Lebanese are still locked in a sectarian logic). So what will be your position, O Lebanese State, O Lebanese people? Are you going to say that since it was Israel that killed, wounded and massacred us, we must forget about it because we can’t do anything against Israel? What will be your position (if it turns out that Israel is responsible)? In truth, every Lebanese and all Lebanese political forces must be ready to respond to this theory, before Hezbollah responds to it.

But with regard to the response of Hezbollah and the Resistance, I tell you right now, I tell you right now (very clearly): (this) Hezbollah for whom it is impossible to remain silent & idle about the assassination of one single of its fighters, and which forces the Israeli Army to remain (on high alert) on one leg and a half across the whole border for weeks, and who is firmly committed to upholding the equation (of deterrence), (this) Hezbollah can in no way be silent in the face of a huge crime of this magnitude against the Lebanese people if it turns out that it Israel is the one who perpetrated it. And Israel will pay a price commensurate with the crime it has committed, if Israel did it, without the slightest thought required, without the slightest hesitation. It is not our answer that is unclear. If this theory turns out to be correct, it is the other political forces and the Lebanese people who must begin to wonder right now what will be their response to those who target them with such colossal violence. Because if it is indeed an attack, (the culprits) will have to pay not only for what happened, but for everything that might have happened (in terms of further bloodshed and desolation). But God the Most High and the Exalted (saved us from much worse). […]

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Trump Time بتوقيت ترامب

Trump Time

By Fouad Ibrahim – Al-Akhbar Newspaper

Translated by Staff

It is not a surprise, as it has died a long time ago, and the details of the “normalization plot” with the ‘Israeli’ entity are no longer hidden. What was thought to be arrangements under the table is, in fact, our usurped conscious under the bulk of the game of trinity of truth, error, and deception. Some people try to create a false mixture of that game elements so that the traces of treason are lost. The popular memory was saturated, over many years, with news of bilateral meetings between Arab officials, especially Gulf officials, and their ‘Israeli’ counterparts, the participation of ‘Israeli’ figures in Gulf conferences, visits by senior officials to Arab capitals, and the hosting of the Gulf media [the Emirati, Saudi, and Bahraini] for a diverse group of ‘Israeli’ ministers; politicians, security, military, and economists; in addition to a torrent of statements, tweets, and stances designed to create a public opinion that is reconciled with normalization … it was not spontaneous.

The normalization between the UAE and the ‘Israeli’ entity does not involve a proactive predictive dimension, and it does not require an exceptional effort to read through backgrounds and endings. The UAE’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed, was the fastest in the race for normalization, and in coordinating Gulf positions to reach the final plot before the moment of manifestation. Needless to say, he was the one who advised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the first months of his father’s reign [he took office on January 23, 2015] that the closest road to the White House passes through Tel Aviv. Bin Salman listened carefully to the advice, applied it literally, and took it upon himself to pass the “deal of the century” by all means willingly or unwillingly. And his statements to “The Atlantic” magazine on April 3, 2018, that the ‘Israelis’ have a “right” to have their land, and that there is no “religious objection” to the existence of the ‘State’ of ‘Israel’, except for one of the American credentials through the ‘Israeli’ channel. It was not a slip of the tongue of a teenager in politics, as bin Salman was fully aware of what he meant, and what he aimed at behind what he said, and all of this fell within the context of Emirati advice.

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of an Emirati-‘Israeli’ agreement on normalizing relations is not new, as work has been underway for years to rehabilitate the conditions for the normalization moment between the entity and a number of Arab countries. For the normalization to be “common” needs only the factor of time. It was an electoral timer par excellence, and it was precisely intended for him to act as a rescue during the time-out for the presidential race.

Trump’s electoral cards are being burnt consecutively in Coronavirus firs that is consuming his promises amid the speedy spread of the pandemic across his country, and almost complete disability to stop the infections outbreak, and the increasing numbers of infections and deaths. The US ranks first in the world, and counts for a quarter of the globe’s infections with more that 5 million cases.

Trump’s failures in the health file, and subsequently the economic and living conditions, have led him to the conclusion that his chances to win the presidential race are declining very quickly. He has publicly disclosed the possibility of losing the elections in November, and this explains his hysterical behavior recently. He appeared to be suicidal, and was ready to go mad in the quarrel with his democratic rival, Joe Biden, choosing to assume the role of “the takfirist”, but with a poor right-wing version of Biden’s demonization, accusing him of being “against God and against the Bible.” All normalization timings are subject to the considerations of its direct parties, but this time, normalization was a salvation for the sponsor, that is, for Trump, who is ravaging with the consternation of the electoral defeat and its aftermath.

Regarding the Emirates, normalization with the ‘Israeli’ entity is not a solo performance, but rather represents the hoarse voice of the Arab Quartet [Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, and Bahrain]. Whether Riyadh decided to be next in the series of countries of normalization or chose to push the rest to the barn [as poet Ahmad Matar said], before joining it at the end, this depends on the political and electoral influence. Bahrain’s entry to the normalization movement has become a matter of time, a very short time, and we will witness an acceleration of the normalization movement in the Gulf and the Arab world in the context of a rescue “emergency plan” that increases President Trump’s electoral credit.

And if the Emirati-‘Israel’ normalization comes at the moment of the clinical death of the official Arab system, the stage of fragmentation of the Arab homelands, and the raging civil wars in its parts, then the most dangerous thing in it is that it represents the exceptional opportunity to reap the profits of years of introduction in which countries, media institutions, and influential cultural and literary figures participated [on the Gulf level in particular], until the arguments for normalization became stronger than the argument of the land owners. Boast about stigmatizing the Palestinian resistance turned to be in public and filling the Arab space and broadcasted through Gulf satellite channels, while the ‘Israeli’ uttered by writers and media professionals from the people of the house.
On the ‘Israeli’ side, normalization was an opportunity to make the relations with Arab and Gulf leaders public. Netanyahu, overwhelmed with his internal crises, also needed a “savior.” He used to repeat that his entity had strategic relations with Arab leaders, as if he was seeking to announce the relations instead of keeping them secret because the legitimacy of the ‘Israeli’ entity depends on removing the obstacles to coexistence with its opponents [its new friends], and when it breathes in a sea without limits.

The Gulf Arabs showed unusual generosity with the “nation’s enemies”, while they were absent from the Lebanese tragedy at the port on August 4. This is the “Gulf Moment” heralded by Emirati academic Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, author of the book, with the same title. The new positions, or rather the renewed ones, of Gulf poles led by Saudi Arabia and the Emirates are capable of drawing the next scene, at least in the Gulf.

The question: Are we on our way to a historical shift?

The answer is not simple, but what the scene encompasses also leads us to be unsure, in light of governments whose popular legitimacies have eroded, but at the same time have brought their people to a point of despair. Despair over the birth of a new hope that gives hope for those whose dreams have been shattered within the borders of the “stolen homelands.”

What needs to be prepared for in the coming days, and after the Emirati move, is to watch the movement of the normalization vehicle, which will carry with it the vows of Arab misery, the harvest of their disappointments, and their divisions. This vehicle will pass through Manama, Doha, and Khartoum, and it will be supplied with what helps it to force the rest of the hesitants out of fear, or those who hide in shame. There is nothing in the act of normalization that deserves panic, when it becomes collective. Likewise, shame does not become a disgrace when it is everybody’s characteristic.

And if we flip the equation, apologies to the late scholar Muhammad Mahdi Shams al-Din, that states have their necessities and peoples have their options; then today, we are faced with a more disgrace than necessity and more heinous than shame. The demand is that peoples diversify their choices, because accepting to fall towards the pit of shame means the complete annihilation. And we belong to a nation that refused not to be scattered, but the act of its resistance would remain even if those who normalize exceeded the range.

بتوقيت ترامب

فلسطين 

فؤاد إبراهيم 

الجمعة 14 آب 2020

ليس ثمة ما يبعث على الدهشة، فقد ماتت منذ أمد بعيد، وإن تفاصيل «حبكة التطبيع» مع الكيان الإسرائيلي لم تعد خافية، فما كان يعتقد بكونها ترتيبات تحت الطاولة هي، في حقيقة الأمر، وعينا المغتصب بخضوعه تحت وطأة لعبة ثالوث الحقيقة والخطأ والخداع. فهناك من يحاول صنع خليط زائف من عناصر تلك اللعبة كيما تضيع آثار الخيانة. فإشباع الذاكرة الشعبية، على مدى سنين طوال، بأخبار عن لقاءات ثنائية بين مسؤولين عرب، وبخاصة خليجيين، ونظرائهم الإسرائيليين، ومشاركة شخصيات إسرائيلية في مؤتمرات خليجية، وزيارات لمسؤولين كبار لعواصم العرب، واستضافة وسائل الإعلام الخليجية (الإماراتية والسعودية والبحرينية) لطيف متنوع من الوزراء الإسرائيليين، سياسيين وأمنيين وعسكريين واقتصاديين، إضافة إلى سيل من التصريحات، والتغريدات، والمواقف المصمّمة لصنع رأي عام متصالح مع التطبيع… لم يكن عفوياً أو سقط متاع.

سردية التطبيع بين الإمارات والكيان الإسرائيلي لا تنطوي على بعد استباقي تنبّؤي، ولا تتطلب جهداً استثنائياً لقراءة الخلفيات والنهايات. ولي عهد الإمارات محمد بن زايد كان الأسرع في سباق التطبيع، وفي تنسيق المواقف الخليجية للوصول إلى الحبكة الأخيرة قبل لحظة المجاهرة. من نافلة القول، أنه هو من أسدى نصيحة لولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان في الشهور الأولى من عهد والده (تولى في 23 كانون الثاني/يناير 2015) بأن أقرب الطرق إلى البيت الأبيض تمرّ عبر تل أبيب. أصغى ابن سلمان جيداً للنصيحة، وطبّقها حرفياً، وأخذ على عاتقه تمرير «صفقة القرن» بكل السبل طوعاً أو كرهاً. وما تصريحاته لمجلة «ذي آتلانتيك» في 3 نيسان/أبريل 2018 بأن للإسرائيليين «الحق» في أن تكون لهم أرضهم، وبأنه ليس هناك أي «اعتراض ديني» على وجود دولة إسرائيل، إلا أحد أوراق الاعتماد لدى الأميركي عبر القناة الإسرائيلية. لم تكن زلّة لسان مراهق في السياسة، فقد كان ابن سلمان يدرك تماماً ما كان يعنيه، وما يهدف من وراء ما يعنيه، وكل ذلك يندرج في سياق النصيحة الإماراتية.
ليس في إعلان الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب عن اتفاق إماراتي إسرائيلي لتطبيع العلاقات جديد، فالعمل جار منذ سنوات على تأهيل شروط اللحظة التطبيعية بين الكيان وعدد من الدول العربية. ما ينقص بلوغ «الشياع» هو عامل الوقت ليس إلا، فكان ميقاتاً انتخابياً بامتياز، أريد منه، على نحو دقيق، فعل إنقاذ في الوقت المستقطع للسباق الرئاسي.
أوراق ترامب الانتخابية تحترق تباعاً في سعير كورونا الذي يلتهم وعوده، على وقع الانتشار البرقي للوباء داخل بلاده، في ظل عجز شبه تام عن وقف تمدّد العدوى، وارتفاع أعداد الإصابات والوفيات، إذ تحتل أميركا المرتبة الأولى عالمياً (وتمثل ربع الإصابات على مستوى العالم بأكثر من 5 ملايين نسمة).

هذه العربة سوف تمرّ من المنامة، والدوحة، والخرطوم، وسوف تتزوّد بما يعينها على إرغام بقية المتردّدين


إخفاقات ترامب في الملف الصحي، وتالياً الاقتصادي والمعيشي، أوصلته إلى اقتناع بأن حظوظه في السباق الرئاسي تتناقص على نحو سريع للغاية. وقد أفصح علناً عن احتمالية خسارته في انتخابات تشرين الثاني/ نوفمبر المقبل، وهذا يفسّر سلوكه الهستيري في الأيام الأخيرة. وقد بدا انتحارياً، وكان على استعداد لأن يذهب إلى أبعد الحدود في الخصومة مع غريمه الديموقراطي، جو بايدن، فاختار أن يتقمص دور «المكفّراتي»، ولكن بنسخة يمينية رديئة بشيطنة بايدن، متّهماً إياه بأنه «ضد الله وضد الإنجيل». كل مواقيت التطبيع تخضع لاعتبارات أطرافها المباشرين، ولكن هذه المرة فإن التطبيع كان إنقاذياً للراعي، أي لترامب الذي يستبدّ به ذعر الهزيمة الانتخابية وما بعدها.
لناحية الإمارات، فالتطبيع مع الكيان الإسرائيلي ليس عزفاً منفرداً، بل يمثل الصوت المبحوح للرباعية العربية (مصر والسعودية والامارات والبحرين). وسواء قرّرت الرياض أن تكون التالية في مسلسل الدول المطبّعة مع إسرائيل أو اختارت أن تدفع البقيّة إلى الحظيرة (بلغة الشاعر أحمد مطر)، قبل الالتحاق بها في الأخير، فذلك يتوقف على المفعول السياسي والانتخابي. وقد بات دخول البحرين إلى حلبة التطبيع مسألة وقت، ووقت قصير جداً، وسوف نشهد تسارعاً في حركة التطبيع خليجياً وعربياً في سياق «خطة طوارئ» إنقاذية ترفع من الرصيد الانتخابي للرئيس ترامب.
وإذا كان التطبيع الإماراتي الإسرائيلي يأتي في لحظة الموت السريري للنظام الرسمي العربي، ومرحلة تشظي أوطان العرب، والحروب الأهلية المشتعلة في أرجائها، فإن أخطر ما فيه أنه يمثّل الفرصة الاستثنائية لجني أرباح سنوات من التمهيد شاركت فيه دول، ومؤسسات إعلامية، وشخصيات نافذة ثقافية وأدبية (على مستوى الخليج بوجه خاص)، حتى باتت حجج التطبيع أقوى من حجة أصحاب الأرض، وبات التبجّح في وصم المقاومة الفلسطينية علناً ويملأ الفضاء العربي ويبث عبر فضائيات خليجية، فيما ينطق الإسرائيلي على لسان كتّاب وإعلاميين من أهل الدار.
إسرائيلياً، كان التطبيع فرصة لكسر طوق السرّية في العلاقات مع قادة عرب وخليجيين. كان نتنياهو، الغارق في أزماته الداخلية، بحاجة هو الآخر إلى «منقذ». وكان يردد مراراً أن لكيانه علاقات استراتيجية مع قادة عرب، وكأنه يستدرج إعلان العلاقات بدل إبقائها قيد السرّية، فشرعية الكيان الإسرائيلي متوقفة على إزالة موانع التعايش مع خصومه (أصدقائه الجدد)، وحين يتنفس في بحر بلا حدود.
لقد أبدى الخليجيون سخاءً غير معهود مع «أعداء الأمّة»، فيما غابوا، أيّما غياب، عن لبنان بعد فاجعة المرفأ في 4 آب/أغسطس الجاري. تلك هي «لحظة الخليج» التي بشّر بها الأكاديمي الإماراتي عبد الخالق عبد الله، مؤلف الكتاب بالعنوان نفسه. إن التموضعات الجديدة، أو بالأحرى المتجدّدة، لأقطاب خليجية تقودها السعودية والإمارات كفيلة برسم المشهد القادم، خليجياً على الأقل.
السؤال: هل نحن على موعد مع تحوّل تاريخي؟
الإجابة ليست بسيطة، ولكن ما يبطنه المشهد هو الآخر يحملنا على عدم الاطمئنان، في ظل حكومات تآكلت مشروعياتها الشعبية، ولكن في الوقت نفسه أوصلت شعوبها إلى نقطة القنوط واليأس من ولادة أمل جديد يبعث الروح في نفوس من تحطّمت أحلامهم داخل حدود «الأوطان المسروقة».
ما يلزم التأهب له في الأيام القادمة، وبعد الخطوة الإماراتية، هو مراقبة حركة عربة التطبيع التي سوف تحمل معها نذر بؤس العرب، وحصائد خيباتهم، وانقساماتهم. فهذه العربة سوف تمرّ من المنامة، والدوحة، والخرطوم، وسوف تتزوّد بما يعينها على إرغام بقية المتردّدين خوفاً أو المتوارين خجلاً. ليس في فعل التطبيع ما يستوجب الهلع، حين يصبح جماعياً، وكذلك العار، لا يغدو عاراً حين يكون سمة الجميع.
وإذا قلبنا المعادلة، مع الاعتذار للراحل العلاّمة محمد مهدي شمس الدين، بأن للدول ضروراتها وللشعوب خياراتها، فإننا اليوم، يا مولانا، أمام أخزى من الضرورة وأشنع من العار، والمطلوب هو أن تنوّع الشعوب خياراتها، لأن قبول الانزلاق إلى هاوية العار، يعني الفناء التام، ونحن ننتمي إلى أمة أبت إلا أن تتبعثر ولكن فعل مقاومتها باقِ وإن جاوز المطبّعون المدى.

Israeli-UAE Peace Deal Marks Tectonic Shift In Middle Eastern Balance Of Power

August 14, 2020

South Front

The Middle East is on the brink of the new tectonic shift in the regional balance of power. The previous years were marked by the growth of the Iranian and Hezbollah influence and the decrease of the US grip on the region. The January 2020 started with the new Iranian-US confrontation that had all chances to turn into an open war. August 202 appeared to mark the first peace agreement between an Arab state and Israel in more than 25 years.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a historical peace agreement. US President Donald Trump announced the breakthrough agreement on August 13, calling Israel and the UAE “great friends” of his country. In a joint statement, Israel, the UAE and the U.S. said the agreement will advance peace in the Middle East. The statement praised the “bold diplomacy” and “vision” of the three country’s leaders.

Delegations from Israel and the UAE are expected to meet within a few weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.

In the framework of the peace agreement, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in Netanyahu’s “Vision for Peace” in the Western Bank. Also, Tel Aviv will reportedly focus its efforts on “expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.” The agreement will also provide Muslims with greater access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. It still remains in question how Israel will comply with its part of the deal as the annexation of Palestinian territories is the cornerstone of its regional policy.

In the near future, the United States will likely work to motivate other Gulf states to follow the UAE’s footsteps. In particular, another US regional ally, Saudi Arabia, is already widely known for keeping close ties with Israel in the field of security and military cooperation. Both states are allies of Washington and are engaged in a regional standoff against the Iranian-led coalition of Shiite forces.

The support of the UAE-Israeli agreement is also a logical step for the Trump administration’s regional policy, which is based on the two main cornerstones: the unconditional support of Israel and the confrontation with Iran. Through such moves, Washington may hope to create a broader Israeli-Arab coalition through which it will try to consolidate the shirking influence and contain the ongoing Iranian expansion in the region. At the same time, the overtures with Israel, which has undertaken wide and successful efforts to destabilize neighboring Arab states, could cause a public backlash among the Arab population and contribute to its further dissatisfaction with the course of its leadership. All these developments, together with the consisted Iranian policy aimed at the defense of Palestinians, will increase the popularity of Iran as not only defender of Shiites across the Middle East, but all Muslims in general. Tehran has been seeking to achieve this goal for years and achieved a particular progress in the field. The US-Israeli aggressive policy in the region also played an important role in fact promoting the popularity of the so-called Axis of Resistance. Now, the Iranian soft power in Arab states will become even more noticeable and create additional threats to Gulf states involved in a direct confrontation with it.

The Saudi Kingdom, as the main candidate for the next peace deal, will find itself in an especially shaky position. It is already involved in the long, bloody, and unsuccessful intervention in Yemen, with Yemen’s Houthis regularly conducting cross-border raids into Saudi Arabia and even striking its capital, Riyadh. Also, the Saudi leadership has a long-standing problem with the oppressed Shia minority, protests of which are regularly and violently suppressed by Saudi forces. Other factors are the apparent economic and social problems, not least due to Riyadh’s own adventures on the oil market and the coronavirus crisis. Therefore, at some moment the Saudi regime may easily find itself on the brink of collapse under the weight of its own social, political and economic mistakes, and controversial policies on the international arena. And it’s highly unlikely that the friends in Tel Aviv or Washington will decide to undertake any extraordinary steps to rescue the current political regime in the Saudi kingdom.

ISRAEL AND UAE REACHED HISTORICAL PEACE AGREEMENT

 13.08.2020

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Israel And UAE Reached Historical Peace Agreement
A view of Jerusalem. FILE IMAGE: Ronen Zvulun / Reuters

Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have reached a historical peace agreement with support from the U.S.

President Donald Trump announced the “breakthrough” agreement on the afternoon of August 13, calling Israel and the UAE the “great friends” of the U.S.

The agreement was sealed in a phone call between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

In a joint statement, Israel, the UAE and the U.S. said the agreement will advance peace in the Middle East. The statement praised the “bold diplomacy” and “vision” of the three country’s leaders.

“All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement,” the statement reads.

According to the statement, Delegations from Israel and the UAE will meet within a few weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.

In the framework of the peace agreement, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in Netanyahu’s “Vision for Peace” in the Western Bank. Tel Aviv will focus its efforts on “expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”

The agreement will also provide Muslims with greater access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem.

“Along with the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates share a similar outlook regarding the threats and opportunities in the region, as well as a shared commitment to promoting stability through diplomatic engagement, increased economic integration, and closer security coordination,” the three countries said in their statement.

Israel and the UAE will also expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus under the agreement.

This is the first peace agreement between an Arab state and Israel in more than 25 years. Other Gulf states, including Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, may follow the UAE’s footsteps. This will lead to more pressure on the Palestinians, as well as Syria and Lebanon.

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FULL TEXT: ‘Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates’

August 13, 2020

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached on Thursday a deal that is expected to lead to “full normalization of relations” between the Arab nation and Israel. (Photo: File)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached on Thursday a deal that is expected to lead to “full normalization of relations” between the Arab nation and Israel in an agreement that United States President Donald Trump reportedly helped broker.

The agreement is considered a severe blow to Palestinian efforts aimed at isolating Israel regionally and internationally until it ends its military occupation and apartheid-like system in occupied Palestine. 

“The UAE has come out in the open on its secret dealings/normalization with Israel. Please don’t do us a favor. We are nobody’s fig leaf!” senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement. 

Soon after the news of the agreement, The Times of Israel reported that Trump’s senior adviser and son in law Jared Kushner stated that “there were US-brokered talks between Israel and other Arab states, that were put on hold in favor of the UAE deal.”

“It was important to them to be first,” he said, according to the Israeli newspaper.

Kushner reportedly added that those other discussions will now resume, describing the Arab world forging ties with Israel as an “inevitability.”

Below is the full text of the joint statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates, which was available to the media on Thursday.

Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates

President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, spoke today and agreed to the full normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region 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. All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement.

Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecoms, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit. Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.

As a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world. The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal.

The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate co-operation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus. Working together, these efforts will help save Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lives throughout the region.

This normalisation of relations and peaceful diplomacy will bring together two of America’s most reliable and capable regional partners. Israel and the United Arab Emirates will join with the United States to launch a Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security co-operation. Along with the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates share a similar outlook regarding the threats and opportunities in the region, as well as a shared commitment to promoting stability through diplomatic engagement, increased economic integration, and closer security coordination. Today’s agreement will lead to better lives for the peoples of the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and the region.

The United States and Israel recall with gratitude the appearance of the United Arab Emirates at the White House reception held on January 28, 2020, at which President Trump presented his Vision for Peace, and express their appreciation for United Arab Emirates’ related supportive statements. The parties will continue their efforts in this regard to achieve a just, comprehensive and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As set forth in the Vision for Peace, all Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and Jerusalem’s other holy sites should remain open for peaceful worshippers of all faiths.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan express their deep appreciation to President Trump for his dedication to peace in the region and to the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to achieve it.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Mohammed bin Zayed’s Mission Impossible: Alliance with Israel

By David Hearst
Source: Middle East Eye

The Abu Dhabi crown prince wants to turn his statelet into another Israel

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed has extended the UAE’s reach across the region in conflicts from Yemen to Libya (AFP)

The mentor

Islamism in any form, political or militant, is a fraction of the force it used to be in 2011, and for the foreseeable future it is incapable of summoning hundreds of thousands onto the streets, and toppling regimes, as it once did in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen.

Islamism in any form, political or militant, is a fraction of the force it used to be in 2011

And yet the counter-revolution, unleashed when Mohamed Morsi was toppled as Egypt’s president in 2013, continues furiously. 

It produces identikit dictators: Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, Abdel Fatah el-Sisi in Egypt, Khalifa Haftar in Libya, all pour scorn on free elections, live like pharaohs, and create dynasties for their family and sons. 

They are all beholden to one man who has either funded, armed or mentored their rise to power. 

This man is the organising genius of coups in Egypt; he has become a major player in the civil war in Libya; he is leveraging his country’s ports to become a presence in the Horn of Africa; he has pushed the Saudis into a war in Yemen to promote late Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s son, and then ditched that strategy to promote southern separatists; he was instrumental in launching the blockade of his neighbour Qatar; he introduced an unknown Saudi prince to the Trump clan and cast the CIA’s man in Riyadh on the scrap heap. 

There is no pie in which Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, doesn’t have a finger. He rarely makes speeches or gives interviews and when he does he comes across as casual, reticent, softly spoken.

On the rare occasions he talks to a journalist as he did to Robert Worth of the New York Times, he portrays himself as the reluctant first responder, the fireman dousing dangerous wildfires: the September 11 attacks (two of the hijackers were Emiratis) and the Arab Spring were two such galvanising events. 

This is an act, and largely for a Western audience.

MbZ’s ‘Islamist menace’

 As time has elapsed, this can not be the whole story. As MbZ has developed his counter-jihad, so have the ambitions expanded of this quiet, English-speaking, Sandhurst-trained prince. 

MbZ knows how to manipulate decisions in the White House. He can read their ignorance, arrogance, and personal greed. His money goes directly into their pockets

Thwarting the looming Islamist menace – as he describes it – can no longer account for the ambition, scope and cost of his dreams. The Islamist menace of his nightmares is largely dormant.

A shrewd observer, he can see, as clearly as anyone, the US crumbling as an organising power in the Middle East. He knows how to manipulate decisions in the White House. He can read their ignorance, arrogance, and personal greed. His money goes directly into their pockets. He can play on the chaos of real-time decision-making in the Oval Office like a mandolin.

It must have occurred to him that the Middle East needs a new ruler. Why not him? It’s time, he has judged, to move out of the shadows and lay out his own stall.

So what’s the mission?

Mission statement

This was, some might say boldly, put into words by MbZ’s best operator abroad, his ambassador to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba, recently. 

The op-ed he wrote in Israel’s Yedioth Ahronot was ostensibly to warn Israel that annexation was a bridge too far. Writing in Hebrew, Otaiba posed to a Jewish audience as a friendly Arab – “one of three Arab ambassadors in the East Room of the White House when President Trump unveiled his Middle East peace proposal in January,” he reminded them.

The UAE and Israel are an item. No need for the loving couple to hide behind the bushes

In fact, the letter was no such thing. It certainly wasn’t a message from the Palestinians themselves. The UAE has no problems with the Israeli occupation and will overtly send two planes full of personal protection equipment (PPE) to Ben Gurion airport and make any number of high- profile trade deals with Israel to reinforce their intent to normalise relations. 

The days of disguising the flight plans of aircraft from Abu Dhabi to Ben Gurion airport by making them disappear over Jordan are long gone. The UAE and Israel are an item. No need for the loving couple to hide behind the bushes. Nor was it a message from Jordan, which regards annexation of the West Bank as an existential threat to the kingdom. 

It turned out to be a message from liberal Jews in America to right-wing Jews in Israel. The mastermind of this operation was the American Israeli billionaire Haim Saban, according to a report in Axios. A former adviser to Netanyahu, Caroline Glick called the letter Saban’s brainchild.

In any case, it had little to do with Arab opinion. It did, however, contain another more important message: MbZ’s mission statement appears in two key paragraphs Otaiba wrote.

“With the region’s two most capable militaries, common concerns about terrorism and aggression, and a deep and long relationship with the United States, the UAE and Israel could form closer and more effective security cooperation. 

“As the two most advanced and diversified economies in the region, expanded business and financial ties could accelerate growth and stability across the Middle East,” Otaiba wrote.

In these sentences, UAE not only claims to have a military stronger than that of both Egypt and Saudi Arabia but, fantastically, it also claims to have the strongest and most diversified economy in the Arab world.

Those are some boasts for the crown prince of a tiny Gulf city state to make. 

“Little Sparta” has big ambitions.

Israel’s junior partner

By comparing its military reach to Israel’s, the UAE is sidelining its allies in the Saudi and Egyptian armies. But this is of little importance. Mohammed bin Zayed wants to turn his statelet into another Israel.

Both countries are small in size and population. Both are deeply militarised societies. Israel’s “citizen’s army” is well known. The draft that MbZ introduced for Emirati men in 2014 and expanded from 12 to 16 months in 2018 is less well known.

Both countries have a military and economic reach which extends far beyond their borders and into the heart of Africa. If Israel has shown it has a long arm that can reach to Entebbe and all over the world to exact revenge, so too has UAE shown its long arm in Libya, Turkey, Syria – nations far away from the Gulf. 

Both have a dynamic population that can serve Western interests.They have common enemies – Islamism, Turkey, Iran. They have a common strategy to control the region. The two largest regional challenges for the Emirates and Israel are Turkey and Iran respectively.

The Emiratis confront the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan head-on. They funded an attempted Gulenist coup in 2016. They oppose his forces in Idlib by paying Bashar al-Assad to break the ceasefire arranged by the Russians, and the UAE confronts Turkish forces in Libya.

When unidentified bombers attacked Turkish air defence batteries in the newly recaptured Libyan airbase of Al-Watiya, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, an advisor to the Emirati royal court, tweeted: “On behalf of all Arabs, the UAE has taught a lesson to Turks.”

There can only be one bulldog on the block and Israel has no intention of sharing that role with an Arab with ideas above his station

He deleted it afterwards.

But Israel itself stays in the background. It regards the Turkish military as its main threat. As I reported in January last year, Yossi Cohen, the head of Mossad, told a meeting of diplomats from Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt in a Gulf capital that Israel considered Turkey’s military to be more capable and less easily containable that Iran’s. But Israel itself does not confront Turkey.

Similarly the UAE does not confront Iran, even when tankers are mined outside an Emirati port. The kinetic stuff is done by Israel, which is believed to be responsible for a large explosion in Natanz in workshops which assemble centrifuges to enrich uranium, and possibly for up to six other mysterious explosions in Iran too.

Regionally, the UAE and Israel work in tandem, each covering the other’s back. But this does not mean that the project itself is stable or long term. Israel may indeed find it useful to play along with MbZ’s ego to serve its own interests of keeping the Palestinians under permanent occupation.

But its national interests come first.

Otaiba’s chutzpah sparked a lively reaction from Glick who wrote in Israel Hayom: “No one is doing anyone any favors. And if we’re already on the subject of favors, the stronger side in this partnership is Israel. The Israeli economy is much more robust that the oil economies of the Persian Gulf. Who does Otaiba think he’s scaring with his threats when oil is selling at $37 a barrel?”

There can only be one bulldog on the block and Israel has no intention of sharing that role with an Arab with ideas above his station.

The second problem with MbZ’s mission is his Sunni Arab allies. When the Saudis and Egyptian military elites realise that their own national and commercial interests are suffering, they will start to look at MbZ’s pyrotechnic adventures differently. 

The maritime deal that Turkey signed with the UN-backed government in Tripoli gives Egypt greater access to maritime riches than it could possibly have in a deal with Cyprus and Greece, and yet Egypt denounced the deal as illegal.

Similarly the carving up of Yemen by the UAE, which has now occupied the Yemeni island of Socotra and is backing southern separatists in Aden, is not in the interests of Riyadh, which is primarily concerned about maintaining the security along its southern border and installing a puppet regime in Sanaa.

History lessons

Israel should not be fooled by expressions of support from the UAE’s satraps, like Abdul Salam al-Badri, deputy prime minister of the eastern Libyan-based government in Tobruk, or Hani bin Breik, the vice chairman of the Southern Transitional Council in Aden, who by the way is a Salafist.

History bodes ill for MbZ’s project. Every Arab state that has worked with or recognised Israel is today weaker and more divided as a result

History bodes ill for MbZ’s project. Every Arab state that has worked with or recognised Israel is today weaker and more divided as a result. This goes for Egypt and for Jordan, both of whose diplomats, who once thought of themselves as pioneering, regret what they did in the name of peace. It proved a bitter false dawn.

The economic miracle both countries were promised at the time never materialised, the Palestinian conflict is as intractable as ever, and historic Palestine is weaker and smaller than ever before. 

Jordan, which has worked more closely with Israel than any other Arab country, is tottering on the verge of bankruptcy, mass unemployment and social breakdown. Its strategic interests in the West Bank and Jerusalem counts for nothing with the dominant settler right-wing in Israel.

Fatah, which recognised Israel, is asking itself the same questions. Why did we do it at Oslo? What was it for? That debate is bringing them closer to their rivals Hamas. 

A doomed alliance

The reality is that the dalliance between Israel and the UAE is doomed. It is the work of individuals ,not peoples. MbZ’s plots and staretegems are his own, not his nation’s.

The Arab street is implacably opposed to recognising Israel until a just solution is found for the Palestinians, a solution involving their own land and their own right of return. 

MbZ’s mission is mission impossible and the sooner his Arab allies see that, the sooner they can prevent a second decade of regional war

The MbZ-Israel project is poison for the region. it is not Israel coming to terms with its neighbours. It is making fools out of them.

Before the Syrian and Libyan civil wars, Turkey did not have an interventionist foreign policy. It has one now. Similarly, Iran’s military reach never really extended beyond the Shia minorities of the Sunni Arab states, and that is taking its military support for Hezbollah and its financial support for Hamas into account.

Iran never actually threatened Israel’s military dominance as Cohen himself acknowledged in that meeting in a Gulf state over a year ago. Iran, from Mossad’s point of view, is containable. 

MbZ’s mission is mission impossible and the sooner his Arab allies see that, the sooner they can prevent a second decade of regional war.


By David Hearst
Source: Middle East Eye

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