RAMALLAH, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 (WAFA) – The Palestinian leadership’s meeting on the tripartite US-Israel-United Arab Emirates (UAE) agreement from last week dominated the front-page headlines of the three Palestinian Arabic dailies published today.
The papers quoted President Mahmoud Abbas telling the meeting that the Palestinian people stand together as one against the conspiracies and anyone who attempts to attack the Palestinian cause.
Al-Quds said the leadership meeting, which was attended by Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, stressed its rejection of the tripartite agreement and considered it as an extension of the so-called deal of the century.
The paper quoted Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzouq saying that the UAE normalization step gives Israel the cover to continue its violations against the Palestinian people, land and holy places.
It said a conference was held in Gaza against the agreement.
Al-Hayat al-Jadida dedicated most of its front page to news about the leadership meeting and quotes from the President and the final statement.
It said the leadership rejected and condemned the UAE act and called on it to go back on this step.
It said anti-normalization activists in the Gulf states are organizing themselves against the tripartite agreement.
The paper said 37 Kuwaiti lawmakers expressed their country’s opposition to normalization of relations with the Israeli occupation.
It quoted the Sudanese Foreign Minister saying that he was surprised by statements from his spokesman regarding normalization of relations with Israel.
Al-Ayyam said that the head of the Israeli Mossad started an open visit to the UAE to discuss security issues with its leaders.
It quoted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying that normalization with the UAE does not include providing the Emirates with American jet fighters.
The paper quoted the Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, forbidding normalization visits to Palestine and its holy places.
On the situation in Gaza, Al-Ayyam said the enclave’s only power plant stopped after running out of fuel due to an Israeli ban on entry of fuel into Gaza.
Al-Quds said Netanyahu is threatening to escalate attacks on Gaza, including extrajudicial assassinations.
It said the Islamic Waqf has warned of Israeli excavations in Jerusalem.
It said Palestinian businessman Bashar Masri has started projects worth $40 million benefiting 100 Palestinian companies.
The papers also reported on coronavirus cases in Palestine and on the special tribunal ruling on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.