Just as the Prime minister of Israel joined the foreign ministers of the UAE and Bahrain in addition to the US President Donald Trump for a ceremony, in which the three countries officially signed an agreement inaugurating full diplomatic ties, two rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip towards Israeli towns, one of which caused injuries and damage in the coastal city of Ashdod, before Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip in retaliation.
The brief exchange of fire that interrupted a weeks-old de-escalation agreement between Hamas and Israel was interpreted by analysts as a Palestinian message that peace in the Middle East cannot be achieved without them, especially as the Trump administration branded the normalization between the UAE, Bahrain, and Israel as a historic and a major breakthrough in the Middle East.
Ashdod hospital has confirmed that at least 2 people have been injured during the rocket attack that took place on Tuesday evening.
The condition of Asher Biton (62) who was wounded in the rocket attack this evening has worsened, currently hospitalized in serious condition at Assuta Ashdod Hospital— Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian (@manniefabian) September 15, 2020
According to Palestinian officials, who have condemned the Emirati-Bahraini-Israeli agreement, "peace in the region will not be achieved without an end to the Israeli occupation of the 1967 territories" where a Palestinian state should be recognized as per international law.
@hzomlot was referring to the White House ceremony as a stunt. Peace must be reached with the Palestinians first by ending the occupation and accepting the two-state solution. Your tweet distorts what he said and is mendacious. pic.twitter.com/Og8CfBLETD— Palestine in the UK (@PalMissionUK) September 15, 2020
Following news of the escalating scene across the Gaza border, commentators have highlighted the rocket launch from Gaza in light of the Palestinian statements, saying that it sends a message of rejecting peace efforts that completely disregard them.
This comes nine months after the Trump administration unveiled a Mid-east peace plan dubbed as "the deal of the century;" suggesting peace in exchange of economic prosperity granted to Palestinians, but dismissing the Palestinians' right to self-determination or the right to establish a fully independent state based on the two-state solution.
Following the Palestinian immediate rejection of "the deal of the century," the US seemed to work on another "peace deal" between Israel and other Arab states, which resulted in two successes; achieving agreements with the UAE and Bahrain.
Gaza violence flares after Israel signs deals with Gulf states. Trumps adds fuel to the fire again. https://t.co/kPjGyPlDhK— Simon (@simonnewname) September 16, 2020
That’s like signing a peace treaty with Greenland. What about Palestine? Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire as UAE, Bahrain sign dealshttps://t.co/kOj96sh853— Clell Tickle (@clelltickle) September 16, 2020
Emirati and Bahraini officials in addition to Israeli and American ones have repeatedly referred to the Abraham Accords signed in Washington, DC yesterday as "the beginning of a new era of peace and prosperity in the Middle East."
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