The Palestinian government has refused medical aid transported by air through Israel by the UAE.
The UN-facilitated flight carrying coronavirus supplies was delivered by an Etihad Airways plane that flew from the UAE to Tel Aviv, a controversial move.
“The UAE authorities did not coordinate with the State of Palestine before sending the aid,” the government sources said, adding that “Palestinians refuse to be a bridge [for Arab countries] seeking to have normalized ties with Israel.”
They asserted that any assistance meant to be sent to the Palestinian people should be coordinated with the Palestinian Authority first.
“Sending them directly to Israel constitutes a cover for normalization,” they added.
The UAE and other Gulf Arab states do not have diplomatic relations with Israel. However, due to shared concerns over Iran’s influence in the region, they are are increasingly normalizing relations cooperating against a perceived threat from Teheran.
Source: The Palestine Chronicle