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‎“Hypocrites … and enemies of the Islamic society” - Abbas’ advisor ‎about Arabs who normalize with Israel

Abbas’ advisor and Supreme Shari’ah Judge and Chairman of the ‎Supreme Council for Shari'ah Justice Mahmoud Al-Habbash: “We’ll take ‎this phenomenon (i.e., peace agreements between the UAE and Bahrain ‎and Israel)… Even in Muslim society… and the purest period in Islamic ‎history – the period of Prophet [Muhammad] – this ugly and awful ‎phenomenon appeared, the phenomenon of hypocrisy and hypocrites who ‎are [not only] superficially affiliated with Islamic society but are actually ‎enemies of the Islamic society.”‎

Israeli peace agreements with the UAE and Bahrain – an agreement normalizing diplomatic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), called the Abraham Accords, was announced on Aug. 13, 2020, under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. Following the UAE, Bahrain signed a similar peace agreement with Israel, as was announced on Sept. 11, 2020. Pursuant to the Abraham Accords, Israel and the UAE will discuss bilateral cooperation on a number of topics. In exchange for the agreement, Israel agreed to suspend its previously announced plans to apply Israel's civilian law to parts of Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley as per the Trump peace plan. The US announced that “Muslims throughout the world who wish to come in peace to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, will now be able to fly to Tel Aviv through Abu Dhabi to do so and will be welcomed.”

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