Abbas Zaki’s criticism of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince was made "to defend" Saudi Arabia, claims the Fatah official
Video posted on the Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki
Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki: “Regarding my statement about the normalization of the interim government of Sudan with Israel (refers to Oct. 23, 2020 agreement to normalize relations –Ed.), I emphasize that the brother Sudanese people opposes this normalization, and will not accept what its interim government has done while being dragged after ‘the small ones’ (refers to UAE and Bahrain peace agreements with Israel; see note below –Ed.). In this context I will say that normalization by any state will come at the expense of the Palestinian people, and that it is rejected and condemned in every form.
I wish to clarify that the content of my statement about Saudi Arabia [came in order] to defend the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a result of the provocative statements of [US President Donald] Trump and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu about the supreme values that the kingdom represents in the Islamic world (refers to Zaki’s criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his statement that if Saudi Arabia normalizes relations with Israel “there will be no more Kaaba [in Mecca],” which he said in an interview with Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV on Oct. 24, 2020 –Ed.).
Saudi Arabia’s positions, even after the signing of the agreements with the UAE and Bahrain, were clear and proved that it is adhering to the Arab Peace Agreement that was signed in Beirut in 2002, and that there is no normalization with Israel before resolving the Palestinian cause.Therefore Saudi Arabia will think a lot before it gets into what ‘the small ones’ in the Arab world got into. The status of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Arab and Islamic world is great – it will not let itself sign on normalization agreements easily as a response to the desires of Trump and Netanyahu, and [I say this] with full confidence. I hope that this running towards Israel will stop.”
Abbas Zaki also holds the position as Fatah Commissioner for Arab and China Relations
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.”