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Palestinian factions unite in protest against UAE-Israel deal

The Palestinian response to the normalization agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is loud but its message is muddled amid divisions at home and in the region.
Palestinian protesters lift a banner during a demonstration against the Emirati-Israeli agreement in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on August 15, 2020. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI / AFP) (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Palestinian leadership has vocally opposed the recent UAE-Israel rapprochement, demanding a reversal of the decision or at a guarantee that no other Arab country will follow suit.

The Palestinians have called for urgent meetings of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, both of whom have unanimously and repeatedly supported the Saudi-headed Arab Peace Initiative. The UAE move to normalize relations before Israel commits to withdrawing from all Arab territories occupied in 1967 violates the most important clause in the plan.

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