Tripartite resistance: Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco oppose Palestinian faction agreement

The Cradle, November 2, 2022 — The three nations have refrained from issuing statements on the Palestinian faction agreement.

On 2 November, Egyptian diplomatic sources confirmed the existence of a tripartite resistance to the Palestinian faction agreement and the mechanisms for its implementation, including Egypt, Jordan, and Morocco, according to Al-Araby news.

The Egyptian reservations about the Palestinian factions’ agreement prompted Cairo to propose a final statement of the summit to “welcome” the agreement without adopting it as part of the summit’s decision, according to Al-Araby news.

The president of Egypt, Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, said in a speech at the Arab Summit in Algeria that “the Arab Peace Initiative remains an embodiment of this cohesion, and of our common vision towards a just and comprehensive solution, based on the two-state solution and the principle of land for peace in a manner that guarantees the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, restores their homeland to the Palestinians, and allows the return of refugees, in accordance with the principles of international law and international legitimacy”.

According to Middle East Monitor, Arab countries remain divided by the aftermath of the 2011 “Arab Spring” uprising, including lingering conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Libya that drag in various other Arab states, as well as regional powers such as Turkey and Iran.

Since the last Arab Summit three years ago, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan have also moved to normalize ties with Israel.

Palestinian officials and some other Arab states, such as Algeria, have criticized the so-called “Abraham Accords” for not including any concrete steps towards the creation of a Palestinian state.

For the Gulf States, warmer ties with Israel reflect years of shifting political priorities, including their general concern about the regional role of Iran, an enemy they share with Israel.

This year’s summit is expected to emphasize finding a solution to the issue of Palestine under the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for an independent Palestinian state under the 1967 border agreement, with east Jerusalem as its capital.

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