Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) remained in no celebratory state of mind following President Donald Trump’s announcement that Israel and the United Arab Emirates had reached a historic arrangement to normalize ties between the 2 countries, marking an advancement in the Middle East peace process.
” We will not be tricked by another Trump/Netanyahu offer,” Tlaib, who is of Palestinian descent, wrote on social networks. “We won’t commemorate Netanyahu for not stealing land he already manages in exchange for a sweetie organisation deal. The heart of the problem has never been prepared, formal annexation, however continuous, disastrous apartheid.”
The focus needs to be on promoting solidarity between Palestinians & Israelis who are signing up with together in struggle to end an apartheid system. We must stand with the individuals.
This Trump/Netanyahu offer will not alleviate Palestinian suffering– it will further stabilize it.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 13, 2020
” The focus requires to be on promoting uniformity between Palestinians & Israelis who are signing up with together in struggle to end an apartheid system,” the far-left “Squad” member included. “We must stand with individuals. This Trump/Netanyahu offer will not minimize Palestinian suffering– it will even more stabilize it.”
Tlaib’s opposition to the deal comes as no surprise. The Michigan Democrat is a fan of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which urges for blacklisting of items made in the Jewish state.
Tlaib has actually previously come under fire for trafficking in antisemitism, consisting of implicating pro-Israel Americans of double loyalty. In 2019, Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were barred from entering Israel ahead of their prepared journey. Later, the Jewish state offered Tlaib to visit her grandmother in West Bank, citing humanitarian functions, but the legislator declined the olive branch gesture.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed Thursday to full normalization of relations, with Israel suspending its efforts to annex parts of the West Bank.
The agreement was completed throughout a call in between President Donald Trump; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates.
A White House declaration said the arrangement will “advance peace in the Middle East area and is a testament to the strong diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a brand-new course that will unlock the excellent possible in the area.”
Tucked into the announcement was a contract that Israel will “suspend” West Bank annexation, which belonged to Trump’s Middle East peace plan. Netanyahu had campaigned during Israeli elections on annexing portions of the West Bank.
The statement stated the countries will concentrate on “expanding ties with other nations in the Arab and Muslim world. The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic advancements with other countries are possible, and will collaborate to achieve this goal.”
The UPI contributed to this report.