An Israeli writer said in an analysis published by the “Times of Israel” newspaper today, Wednesday, that the two documents that Israel signed yesterday with both the Emirates and Bahrain suggest that they have become less supportive of the Palestinians than Europe.
The author of the analysis, Raphael Ahren, noted that the two documents vaguely call for a “solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” but do not explicitly mention the two-state solution or anything about settlements.
He pointed out that the UAE and Israel pledged in the preamble to the “peace treaty, diplomatic relations, and full normalization between the United Arab Emirates and the State of Israel” to continue “their efforts to reach a just, comprehensive, realistic and lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”.
They also pledged to work together “to achieve a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that meets the legitimate needs and aspirations of both peoples, and to promote peace, stability and comprehensive prosperity in the Middle East”.
The document signed with Bahrain also included a very similar language.
The writer said that this carefully studied wording “allows all parties to save face: The Emiratis and Bahrainis will say that they defended their Palestinian brothers, while Netanyahu can tell his right-wing base at home that he opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state and will annex parts of the West Bank in the future”.
He pointed out that, on the contrary, the European Union might not have signed an agreement with Israel that does not explicitly state that it does not apply to settlements, and indicated that Brussels rarely issues any statements on Israel without stressing its position on the conflict.
He stated that even in its statement welcoming the Israeli-Emirati agreement, the European Union said that it “remains committed to its commitment to a negotiated and applicable two-state solution based on internationally agreed standards and international law”.