Within the past few months, several MENA countries like the UAE and Bahrain have agreed on a US-brokered deal to ‘formally normalise’ relations with Israel. The latest to enter into the deal was Sudan, with at least another five countries — among them Saudi Arabia — expected to jump on board, according to Donald Trump.
The truth is, this is yet again a decision orchestrated by the West that doesn’t centre Palestinian voices. Rather, the public declaration to strengthen ties with Israel completely legitimises the 72-year-long occupation of Palestine and only serves to tighten economic, intelligence, military and other various partnerships with Israel, where Palestinian lives are simply not on the table.
Khaled Elgindy, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute non-profit, has stated that ‘no matter who does or doesn’t normalize next, the message to Palestinians is clear: you are completely on your own’.
By Elisa Emch
Accurate at the time of writing