It's Time to Free the Palestinians from Hamas - and Iran

(Newsweek) Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi - The signing of the Abraham Accords between the United Arab Emirates and Israel that I helped broker last August exchanged a 70-year stalemate for an era of coexistence, with a promise to finally make progress where everything else had failed. The Abraham Accords are about the whole region's future. The truth is, the Middle East conflict isn't between the Israelis and Palestinians but between Israel and Iran. The Palestinian people's rights and hopes have been hijacked by Hamas to serve an Iranian agenda. One of the biggest errors in the media narrative, which I saw repeated over and over, was the way they speak about Gaza as if it's occupied by the Israelis. It's not: It's occupied by Hamas. And the Palestinian people in Gaza are suffering because of Hamas, not the Israelis. Twenty years ago, the Palestinian cause was priority number one in the region. Now, people in the Gulf see things differently. We no longer believe that this should come at the expense of our national interest. We do care about the Palestinians, but we don't care about the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist organizations. The writer is Chairman of the Defense Affairs, Interior and Foreign Relations Committee of the UAE's Federal National Council.

2021-06-10 00:00:00

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