Earlier this week, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel agreed to normalize relations in a landmark US-brokered deal. The agreement, first announced by US President Donald Trump on Twitter, will see Israel halt its plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, according to UAE.
Malaysian Youth Council (MYC) strongly rejects this agreement as it is a betrayal of the wider Muslim World and the Palestinian cause and we are disappointed that UAE decided to ignore the rights of Palestinians all the while Gaza is being under attack for the past 8 days. Although the deal supposedly halts the further expansion of the West Bank occupation, we do not believe it will see the light of day. This however, will only legitimize the illegal occupation and the genocidal war crimes against the Palestinians.
Not only will this deal have any significant impact in the ongoing crisis, it will undoubtedly deepen the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict.
JUFITRI BIN JOHA
MALAYSIAN YOUTH COUNCIL
Date: 19th August 2020