Ibhaisi argued that the agreement between the UAE and Israel cannot end Israel`s violations of Palestinian rights, but rather will mark a „new phase of Judaization of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its transformation into a synagogue.” On the other hand, the likelihood of Sri Lanka and the US reaching an agreement on SOFA may seem bleak at the moment, given the strong opposition. Ibhaisi added that the U.S. government considers the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be „a central element of the agreement between the UAE and Israel.” Former PA Minister in Jerusalem Khaled Abu Arafa told MEE that Israel`s deal with the UAE could strengthen the sharing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and try to „push the UAE” to become the custodian of the holy sites in Jerusalem instead of Jordan. „The joint statement makes the agreement a screen of legitimacy and a willingness of an Arab-Muslim country to limit the [definition] of the Al-Aqsa Mosque to the al-Qibli Prayer Hall and to consider the remaining 93 percent of the mosque space as another area,” Ziyad Ibhais, a Jerusalem business researcher, told the Middle East Eye. „This would allow Jewish rituals at the site of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.” As part of a deal brokered by U.S. President Donald Trump, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced Thursday that they will normalize diplomatic relations brought together by a confluence of interests against Iran. Not only does the so-called peace agreement marginalize palestinians and their rights, but it also fails to help Palestinians gain their rights, given that the vae candidacy is only aimed at protecting their interests with the US through Israel. Amid condemnations of the deal, another camp of Arab states officially confirmed it when Netanyahu on Friday thanked Egyptian President Adel-Fattah al-Sisi and the governments of Oman and Bahrain for their support for the normalization deal. Under spy chief Yossi Cohen, Netanyahu said, the Mossad has helped develop Israel`s relations with the Gulf and „mature the peace deal with the Emirates.” „Meanwhile, Jews and Christian Zionists will be able to pray throughout the Al-Aqsa site, and the agreement with the UAE will serve as an Arab and Islamic cover for that agreement.” Arafa said similar agreements with Arab leaders — including the Camp David Accords with Egypt in 1977, the Oslo Accords with the Palestinian leadership in 1993, and the Wadi Araba Agreement with Jordan in 1994 — have all been detrimental to Palestinians` rights and livelihoods. In a statement, TJ said that while the agreements may appear to the casual reader as a breakthrough „allowing Muslims to pray in Al Aqsa, while maintaining the status quo on Haram al Sharif. The truth is exactly the opposite. Netanyahu, pursued by an ongoing corruption process and criticized for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, hailed the deal as a personal success in Israel`s integration into the Middle East.
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