Ordinary Palestinians turned to social media to protest the deal and some also insulted Vae. Meanwhile, Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah`s Central Committee, called the agreement a breakdown of the Arab consensus on the management of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He accused the United Arab Emirates of betraying Arabs and Palestinians before asking the ANP to withdraw its ambassador from the United Arab Emirates and also called on the Arab League to cancel the 2002 Arab peace initiative.   The full text of the Abaraham Agreements and the agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates/Bahrain are available under CNN, September 16, 2020, www.cnn.com/2020/09/15/politics/israel-uae-abraham-accords-documents/index.html. The regional security architecture? The seventh paragraph of the Emiratoi Agreement states that “the parties are ready to develop and implement, with the United States, a “Strategic Agenda for the Middle East” in order to extend regional diplomatic, trade, stability and other cooperation. They are committed to cooperating and, where appropriate, working with the United States and other countries to advance the cause of peace, stability and prosperity in relations between them and for the Middle East as a whole, including trying to promote regional security and stability. According to Hannu Juusola [fi] at the University of Helsinki, the White House staff who called the agreement “the Abraham Agreement” meant that the Palestinians would think that the United Arab Emirates would put its own interests ahead of those of the Palestinians, who always assumed that Arab countries would not sign peace agreements with Israel until palestinian rights were guaranteed.  Longtime New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who has written for decades on international geopolitics and has been a regular critic of Trump`s policies, hailed the deal as “exactly what Trump said in his tweet: a “huge breakthrough.””  The News International reported that Pakistan, after consultation and consideration of the pros and cons of the evolution of Pakistan`s national interests, would take a position on the agreement on Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi avoided speaking on the sensitive issue.  However, when Iran considerations come into play, China has reason to be nervous. Beijing wants to deepen diplomatic, economic and military relations with Tehran, which could make the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates more difficult and riskier for the Chinese.
The Trump administration`s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) and exert “maximum pressure” on Iran in the form of extensive and severe sanctions has had a negative impact on Beijing.
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