ABU DHABI (Reuters) – The diplomatic adviser to the United Arab Emirates president said on Saturday the United States must push for a quick end to the Israel-Hamas war and that a new process must be found for the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian war Question or the United States would be considered ineffective.
Anwar Gargash also said Israel’s containment policy, which has been the “hallmark” of the Palestinian issue over the past two decades, has failed and called for a new approach that addresses refugees, borders and East Jerusalem.
“The U.S. commitment will be seen when we end this war, the faster the better, and whether we can have a different kind of problem-solving, problem-solving process,” he told a political conference in the capital Abu Dhabi.
“If this crisis continues, particularly the humanitarian side, and if this crisis takes us back into the circle of the old containment policies of before October 7th, I think the American role here will not be, forget right, wrong is not considered effective,” he added.
The United Arab Emirates was the most prominent Arab state to sign the 2020 Abraham Accords, a U.S.-brokered agreement to establish diplomatic ties with Israel that broke with decades of pan-Arab policy that called for a Palestinian state before normalization.
As an Arab Gulf power, the United Arab Emirates is one of the United States’ closest partners in the Middle East and hosts U.S. military forces. In addition, the country has pursued a more independent and assertive foreign policy over the past decade, as reflected in its relations with Israel.
(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Alexandra Hudson and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)
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