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PA editorial laments that “armed struggle,” i.e., terror, is no longer accepted internationally

Excerpt of an editorial by the official PA daily 

Headline: “Hasty calls and proposals” 


“(Referring to peace agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain; see note below –Ed.). There are those who want to turn back the clock and recall with strong nostalgia the days of armed struggle, while ignoring the changes that have taken place in reality and the changes in the balance of powers, in the value systems, and in the political and even moral worldviews, which have reversed that which is permitted (i.e., armed struggle) and prohibited in the wild markets of globalization!! The second one calls to disconnect from the Arab nation and the Arab League, as if we are a nation of our own (!!) [parentheses in source], and this is at a time when we are still arranging our national unity… Meanwhile the third one sees only the empty half of the cup, sobs words of despair and frustration, and sees no way to be saved other than numerous prayers! 

Of course we fervently believe that the rule of the entire universe was and will be Allah’s, but we know that there is no value to prayer without action… 

We will bring as evidence that which was said by the just Caliph Omar ibn Al-Khattib (i.e., one of the companions of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad) to the Bedouin who prayed to Allah to heal his female camel’s skin disease: ‘Didn’t you add tar to the prayer?’ Tar is a remedy that the Arabs knew for treating the skin disease… 

We view normalization as a skin disease of politics… and there is no way to heal it of this disease without the tar of popular rage… 

Popular rage, in its legitimate expressions, is a healing rage in order to fight the disease, and this is the rage of truth to fight the lies. Rage cannot break out if a discourse of despair and frustration prevails.” 

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.”