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Kushner’s aims to “create a generation of Arab Zionists” says Erekat, claiming that “the American administration has worked to intimidate [the Arab states]"

Headline: “Erekat: They will not find one Palestinian who will relinquish his national rights; the leadership is in the crosshairs” 

 

During a press conference that was held yesterday [Sept. 13, 2020] via the [video conferencing application] Zoom, Erekat said that they will not find one Palestinian who will relinquish his national rights, and that the State of Palestine has worked more than anyone else for peace. 

We are witness today to the birth of military alliances that Israel is leading. The normalization decisions are not sovereign decisions, because these states are obligated to [abide by] the decisions of the Arab League, the Council (sic., Organization) of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). This [normalization] step does not serve the Arab or Islamic interests in any way.’ 

The PLO Executive Committee secretary noted that the American administration has worked to intimidate [the Arab states], and that the agreement is an official announcement by the UAE and Bahrain of their agreement to ‘the deal of the century’ (i.e., refers to US President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan). He added that they both agreed that the Al-Aqsa Mosque will be under the sovereignty of the Israeli occupation state, and explained that states that agree to Israeli sovereignty over the Al-Aqsa Mosque deny the Al-Isra Sura (i.e., Sura 17 of the Quran, which discusses the Night Journey of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad to “al aqsa mosque”; see note below)… 

He condemned the voices that are ignoring the Palestinian right, and said that this constitutes a success of [Senior US Presidential Advisor Jared] Kushner’s policy: creating a generation of Arab Zionists.” 

Saeb Erekat also serves as Fatah Central Committee member and PLO Chief Negotiator

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.”

The Trump peace plan – US President Donald Trump announced his Israel–Palestinian peace plan "Peace to Prosperity" – commonly known as “the deal of the century” - on Jan. 28, 2020. Main points of the plan: 1- Israeli sovereignty would be applied to the Jordan Valley and all Israeli towns and cities in the West Bank. 2- Jerusalem, including all its holy sites, would remain under Israeli sovereignty with accommodations made to enable access for Palestinians. 3- The remainder of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and part of what is currently Israeli land in the Negev, the Galilee, and Jerusalem - creating a territory almost equal in size to the West Bank and Gaza Strip - would form the Palestinian state, with its capital in neighborhoods in East Jerusalem that are outside of Israel's security wall. 4- The Palestinian state would be demilitarized, with Israel responsible for external security and controlling all airspace. 5- All Palestinian prisoners except murderers, and those who attempted or conspired to murder would be released. 6- Palestinians in refugee camps would be absorbed into their host countries and, subject to certain limitations, into the Palestinian state. 7- Before becoming a state, the Palestinians would have to carry out extensive reform of their laws and institutions, including implementing a new governing system; granting its people due process and basic human rights and freedoms; end all incitement to and incentivizing of terror; end all glorification of terror and martyrdom; disarm Hamas; and adopt a culture promoting peace. The goal of the plan is to create a Palestinian state beside Israel, living in peace and security. The implementation would be facilitated through extensive international investment. 

Al-Aqsa Mosque – Islam's Prophet Muhammad is said to have ridden during a Night Journey from Mecca to "al aqsa mosque", i.e., "the farthest mosque" (Quran, Sura 17). Five years after Muhammad's death in 632, Jerusalem was conquered by Islamic forces, and in the year 705, Muslim Umayyad leader Abd Al-Malik built a mosque in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount. The mosque was subsequently named the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to identify it as the mosque mentioned in the Quran, thus giving significance to Jerusalem in Islam as a place visited once by Muhammad.