Saudi stance on Palestine issue hailed by top official

Nabil Shaath. (AFP)
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Updated 16 May 2020

Saudi stance on Palestine issue hailed by top official

  • Strong positions coming out of Arab, European capitals, says Nabil Shaath

AMMAN: Palestinian officials have begun a wide-ranging campaign to oppose Israeli attempts to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Nabil Shaath, political adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Arab News: “While the Israeli annexation attempts will put an end to the Oslo process and will be a clear theft of Palestinian lands, there has been strong positions coming out of Arab and European capitals,” he said.
Shaath, a former foreign minister, noted that actions and not words are needed to put a stop to the Netanyahu/Trump alliance: “I call on my friend King Salman, who has always stood with the Palestinian cause, to make known to everyone the simple fact that Palestine is and will continue to be in the heart of every Arab.”
Shaath said that Palestinians will always remember with great pride the historic positions of every Saudi leader.
Shaath spoke about the important unity talks that were triggered by a letter smuggled from jail by Ahmad Saadat, the jailed leader of the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
In his letter, Saadat wrote, “I assure the president and our brothers in Fatah that the atmosphere within the leadership of the Front [PFLP] is ready for a positive dialogue that can overcome financial difficulties, which we see as small in comparison with the national challenges facing our people.”

BACKGROUND

Shaath spoke about the important unity talks that were triggered by a letter smuggled from jail by Ahmad Saadat, the jailed leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Usama Qawasmeh, a Fatah spokesman, said that the Saadat’s letter was well received. “We see a positive atmosphere [for unity] and the letter from Ahmad Saadat has had a very big effect and has moved the still waters toward dialogue and unity.”
The letter and the positive reaction from the president and his Fatah movement has, however, failed to convince many skeptics about the chances for true reconciliation.
Suheir Ismael, the general director of Women Media and Development/TAM organization who lives in the Dheisheh refugee camp outside Bethlehem, told Al-Monitor that the PFLP letter will do little to break up the major division between Fatah and Hamas. “There is no political will among those two groups for reconciliation as leaders of both major groups prefer the status quo to any change.”
Dimitri Diliani, a former member of the Fatah revolutionary council, said that what is needed is for Fatah to “resolve internal differences and then work with all the people to put strong pressure on Hamas to end the division that was created as a result of their 2007 coup so that we can regain our true national unity.”


UAE confirms 659 new coronavirus cases

Updated 05 June 2020

UAE confirms 659 new coronavirus cases

  • There were three fatalities overnight
  • A total of 419 people were cleared of COVID-19 infections

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 659 new coronavirus cases overnight after conducting additional 54,000 tests, raising the country’s caseload to 37,018, health ministry officials said.
There were also three fatalities overnight, putting the UAE death toll to 273, state news agency WAM reported.
Another 419 people meanwhile were cleared of COVID-19 infections, bringing patient recoveries to 19,572.
The health ministry reiterated its advisory for people to follow social distancing and other preventive measures to avoid coronavirus transmission.