United Arab Emirates: what solidarity with the Palestinians?

Near the Hawara checkpoint, near Nablus in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 14, 2021. REUTERS - RANEEN SAWAFTA

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In the United Arab Emirates, the authorities called on Israel to "

shoulder its share of responsibility in de-escalating

" the violence.

This measured statement was released on May 8.

Or one day after the Israeli assault on the Al-Aqsa mosque.

And since then, nothing.


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With our correspondent in the Gulf,

Nicolas Keraudren

In any case, it is the only official statement issued to date by the UAE authorities since the start of the violence in East Jerusalem.

Anwar Gargash, the former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, also reacted.

The Emirates support "

the rights of the Palestinians and the two-state solution

," he said on his Twitter account.

He then responded to critics of the Gulf monarchy.

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Because Abu Dhabi is in embarrassment.

According to some UAE diplomats, the agreement to normalize relations signed with Israel last September was aimed at "

preventing the annexation

" of the Palestinian territories.

As the Emirati professor Abdulkhaleq Abdulla has asserted, The return to the foreground of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is therefore a “litmus


” for the Abrahamic accords.

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