On 13 August the normalisation of relations (the Abraham Accords) between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel was announced in a fanfare of flags and smiles from the leaders of both sides and the US president Trump, who is taking credit for brokering this ‘peace’ deal of the century.
It is well known to most people who have looked at the Middle East situation in any depth that the UAE, along with a few other Arab countries, have had relations with the illegitimate country of Israel for a long time re trade, military knowledge sharing, the nurturing of terrorist groups to undermine and attack neighbours etc. In 2015, Israel opened a diplomatic office in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi as part of the International Renewable Energy Agency, and many senior Israeli officials have visited Abu Dhabi. In the field of sport, Israeli athletes have participated in many regional competitions in the UAE. Back to trade, Israel was set to participate in Dubai’s World Expo 2020 that has now been postponed owing to the Covid 19 pandemic. In short, they have merely made official the already existing policy. However, even that is a huge knife in the collective back of the long-suffering Palestinian people!
An unfortunately necessary quick explanation of Zionism in the current climate
For those who wish to know more of the actual methods used by Zionist terrorism to take the land please just google Deir Yassin where you will also recognise the leaders of various Zionist terror gangs as future leaders of Israel.
In view of its ideology and modus operandi, the equation of Zionism, therefore, with Nazism is obvious.
When people term themselves anti-Zionist it is that ideology and the murderous practices of the Zionists that they are against. Unfortunately the Zionists and their many supporters inside many governments have for some time now both implied and openly stated that anti-Zionism is synonymous with anti-Semitism in order to try to have any resistance to Israel’s crimes or any sympathy with the Palestinian people outlawed wherever possible, and this idea has gained a lot of ground. Zionism itself is an anti-Semitic ideology insofar as it posits that Jews do not belong in the various countries of the world in which they are citizens but only in Israel! In the eyes of Zionism all Arabs, who are not of the Jewish religion, are seen as sub-human. For those who wish to have a greater understanding of the political history of the Middle East we suggest reading Imperialism in the Middle East by Harpal Brar and Ella Rule.
UAE treachery against Palestine
Going back to the treachery of the UAE against the Palestinian people, during the various announcements and gloating by US President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE’s de facto leader) and their underlings we have some extraordinary statements;
Trump, being a man of few words, has called the agreement “huge” which it is because now all the other Muslim countries in the area who have been indulging in semi-secret relations with Israel will start to formalise these matters, giving him the chance to portray himself as a peacemaker just in time for the Presidential elections – and his opponent, Joe Biden, himself an even more avid supporter of Zionism (if that’s possible!), can say nothing against it.
Netanyahu, sees this deal as the possible saving of his personal political career, but much more for Zionism it is formally isolating the Palestinians at a time when the US has played a big part in attempting to weaken their real friends such as Iran, suffering from crippling sanctions, Syria still trying to rebuild and reclaim all its country after years of western, Israeli and Wahabbi backed terrorism and invasion, Libya, totally smashed, and, Hezbollah in Lebanon still reeling from the massive attack on the port in Beirut that the western news moulders are trying to lay at their door with the accusation that the cause was mismanagement while Hezbollah held leading positions in the country.
In fact, Netanyahu got so giddy that in an interview with Sky News Arabia when he was asked about the normalisation deal between the UAE and Israel he answered: "The deal connects the UAE with Israel; both of them are advanced democracies and their societies are advanced." A copy of this interview that had been immediately uploaded to his Twitter account was deleted again in very quick time presumably after someone perhaps showed him a copy of the US based FREEDOM HOUSE NGO current scoring on the ‘advanced democracy’ of the UAE: General freedom – 17 out of 100. Political Rights – 5 out of 40. Civil Liberties – 12 out of 60.
The UAE is a federation of seven emirates led in practice by Abu Dhabi. There are some limited elections for a federal advisory body, but political parties are banned, and all executive, legislative, and judicial authority ultimately rests with the seven hereditary rulers who sit on the Federal Supreme Council (FSC). The FSC is the country’s highest executive body. It selects a president and vice president from among its members, and the president appoints a prime minister and cabinet. The emirate of Abu Dhabi has controlled the federation’s presidency since 1971.
The FSC is advised by the 40-seat Federal National Council (FNC), which can review proposed laws and question government ministers. 50% of the FNC is elected but the electoral college is very small with the non elected half chosen by the emirates.
Political parties are not allowed in the UAE and those who do try to form them see them broken up very quickly with harsh sentences for those involved.
What does the UAE get?
The UAE has tried to claim that it has signed this agreement to assist the Palestinian masses, the logic being that the Israeli side agreed to halt the proposed annexations of the West Bank in return for the agreement. This is, of course, complete balderdash as Netanyahu said as soon as he was asked by Israeli news channels “Extending sovereignty will only be done alongside the United States.” “Extending sovereignty” is the chosen Zionist euphemism for annexation of the illegal West Bank settlements and Netanyahu was making it quite clear that the annexation is not shelved but suspended for a time. Whoever wins the US presidential election, be it Trump or Biden, will have to give the green light to Israel to start the annexations very soon as the West Bank Zionist terrorist settlers are not known for their patience when it comes to stealing land or committing genocide. They will be pushing Netanyahu very hard and when it happens the UAE will just look the other way. So, what has the UAE got from this deal? They are hoping that they have got security from not only Iran, Syria and Hezbollah but also from ordinary Arabs and Muslims, the vast majority of whom are very supportive of the Palestinian cause (a poll in 2018 found that 87% of respondents in various Arab countries were opposed to establishing any ties with Israel, and the most-cited reason way was Israel’s oppression of Palestinians).
Other traitors queuing up
This illusory security that the UAE dictators think they have been given by the Zionists and their US paymasters will also be sought by some other Gulf States and Arab/Muslim countries who fear Iran, Syria and Lebanon and the messages of real Arab and Muslim unity emanating from them. It was not for nothing that Palestinian protesters against the Abraham deal burned not only pictures of Trump, Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Zayed but also of Saudi leaders.
Among the other rich and powerful families probably preparing to stick a blade in the backs of Palestinians are those who rule Bahrain and Oman, both of whom sent out statements welcoming the Abraham deal. The Israeli intelligence minister, Eli Cohen, told the IDF radio “I think that Bahrain and Oman are definitely on the agenda. In addition, in my assessment, there is a chance that already in the coming year there will be a peace deal with additional countries in Africa, chief among them Sudan.”
Tyrants will fall eventually
These foul murderous despots managed to gain control of the last Arab Spring and turn it upon their and imperialism’s enemies, but Palestine is such an emotive issue that more risings will come. Already Turkey seems to be moving away from the US sphere of influence which will certainly complicate matters for both US imperialism and the pretend country of Israel which is becoming riven with contradictions. The future isn’t bright for imperialism or any of its puppets, but the struggles will be long and hard. We in the imperialist heartlands who stand with the poor must soon start pulling our weight as well against the seemingly mighty US imperialism and its Zionist surrogate.