TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtayeh said his government will present a recommendation to President Mahmoud Abbas to reconsider relations with the Arab League after two of the body’s members – the UAE and Bahrain – agreed to normalize relations with Israel.
“The Arab League has become a symbol of the Arab inaction,” Ishtayeh said during his weekly cabinet meeting on Monday, the Middle East Eye reported.
Last week, an Arab League ministerial meeting failed to adopt a Palestinian draft condemning the UAE-Israel normalization agreement announced last month.
Bahrain specifically objected to the wording of the Palestinian draft.
The Persian Gulf country announced it would follow in Abu Dhabi’s footsteps to become the fourth Arab country to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel, after the UAE, Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994).
Unlike Egypt and Jordan, Bahrain and the UAE share no borders with the occupied Palestine and have never fought wars against Israel.
On Tuesday, the White House will host the signing ceremony of the normalization agreements, which will be attended by US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani.
Ishtayeh said “Tuesday will be a black day in the history of the Arab nations and a defeat of the Arab League institution”.
The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) has condemned the Bahrain-Israel normalization deal as a “betrayal of the Palestinian cause”.
The agreement was another “stab in the back of the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian people”, Ahmad Majdalani, social affairs minister in the occupied West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, said on Friday.
Hamas said the deal was an “aggression” that dealt “serious prejudice” to the Palestinian cause.