Palestinians making an attempt to dig themselves out of isolation

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Nov 22, 2020

Scientists say animals have an inner clock that triggers a sequence of chemical reactions for them when it’s time to get up from an extended hibernation. This could be essentially the most acceptable metaphor for what is occurring with the Palestinian management in latest days.

Once the electoral victory of Joe Biden as the following US president turned clear, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his closest wing (led by intelligence chief Majed Faraj and Civil Affairs Minister Hussein Sheikh) went into motion. It started with Hussein Sheikh saying Nov. 17 that Palestinians will return to the established order with the Israelis and renew safety coordination. This was not a one-off assertion, and two days later Sheik was holding a public assembly along with his Israeli military counterpart, the Coordinator of Government Activities within the Territories Kamil Abu Rukun. 

The major purpose of the renewal of relations with the Israelis after a six-month hibernation was monetary. Palestinians needed to usually obtain the income of tax and customs cash that Israel collects on their behalf.

These strikes to return out of hibernation had been adopted by the return of the Palestinian ambassadors to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The Palestinian ambassadors had been recalled after each the UAE and Bahrain introduced they’d normalize relations with Israel. The Palestinian Maan News company merely reported that their return was carried out after Palestinian officers had “completed their consultations” with the envoys.

Palestinian Ambassador to the UAE Issam Masalha was summoned Aug. 14 after the announcement that Israel and the UAE would set up diplomatic ties. Similarly, the Palestinian ambassador to Bahrain, Khaled Aref, was summoned for consultations Sept. 12 after Israel and Bahrain agreed to normalize relations. 

The choice to return the ambassadors coincided with the Bahraini overseas minister’s unprecedented go to to Israel, the place he additionally met with the US secretary of state — who additionally was making an unprecedented go to to an unlawful Israeli settlement. Bahrain and Israel additionally introduced that they’d open an embassy in one another’s nation.

The main Palestinian Al-Quds newspaper described what has been occurring to the Palestinian trigger as an avalanche. “The Arab wall the Palestinian leadership had been leaning on has started to fall as most Arab countries appear to care for nothing more than their own personal interest at the expense of the Arabs’ leading cause.” 

Al-Quds concluded its Nov. 19 editorial with a name for self-reliance. “What is expected of the Palestinian leadership is to work in all ways to unify Palestinians so that they can face the challenges of the coming phase without depending on others, but focusing on our people and its unity as the only way to accomplish the victories.”

Hanna Issa, a member of the Fatah Revolutionary Council and an skilled in worldwide legislation, argued in an announcement that the 1967 Vienna Convention “allows countries, if there is a bilateral conflict, to recall their ambassador for consultation if there is a bilateral conflict.” Issa stated that that is what occurred. 

But Issa stated he believes that the “Palestinian side is in a real bind as a result of the normalization agreements that happened and is now convinced that the world, including the Arab world, applies double standards when it deals with Palestine according to international law.”

The victory of Biden within the US elections was not the one cause for Palestinians to resume their relations with Israel and return their ambassadors, but it surely seems to have triggered different adjustments within the area. The Jordanian monarch, whose nation had a lukewarm response to the normalization agreements, was invited for a fast summit with leaders of Bahrain and the UAE in Abu Dhabi. It seems that these nations’ leaders, who’ve positioned all their eggs within the Trump basket, are in want of a regional companion who may help them with the incoming Biden administration. The tripartite summit Nov. 18 produced a powerful pro-Palestinian assertion that reiterated these nations’ assist for the two-state resolution.

Issa stated, “The recognition by those Arab countries that the solution of the Palestinian cause will only take place through the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the fact that they restated their support for international law as the arbitrator means that despite the presence of normalization, there is still strong support for Palestine among the Arab leaders.”

So, along with the victory of Biden (or probably as an oblique results of it), the return of Palestinian ambassadors will usher in a renewed Palestinian religion within the diplomatic course of, which will definitely require the assist of Arabs and Muslims in addition to others world wide.

Whether Palestinian leaders have been in hibernation throughout Trump’s four-year time period or simply within the final six months, Palestinians are again in motion and they’re now eyeing the worldwide peace convention that Abbas known as for to happen early in 2021 because the car for this renewed diplomacy. In the meantime, nonetheless, Palestinians are additionally hopeful that the brand new Biden-Harris administration will respect one of many final choices of the Obama-Biden administration to permit the unanimous assist of UN Security Council Resolution 2334 that known as settlements unlawful and ordered the speedy suspension of any additional settlement actions.