PA refuses medical supplies from UAE

For the second time in a month, PA refuses planeload of medical supplies from United Arab Emirates because it was coordinated with Israel.

Elad Benari ,

Plane from Abu Dhabi
Plane from Abu Dhabi
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday refused a planeload of medical supplies from the United Arab Emirates to help fight coronavirus since it was coordinated with Israel rather than with them, AFP reported.

The Etihad Airways flight, which landed in Israel on Tuesday, was the second airborne delivery of humanitarian cargo by the UAE that the Palestinian Arabs say they have turned down in a month.

"We refuse to receive it because it was coordinated directly between Israel and them (the UAE)," the PA’s “civil affairs minister” Hussein al-Sheikh told AFP.

"We were not part of the coordination," he added.

The PA is outraged over the coalition agreement between Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz, which stipulates that the government can apply sovereignty over Judea and Samaria in July.

In response to the move, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas announced recently that the PA was no longer bound by the agreements it signed with Israel and the US, including the security coordination with Israel.

While Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries to hold official relations with Israel, Gulf Arab nations like the UAE have been warming to the Jewish state recently amid shared concerns over Iran.

While a May 19 Etihad flight carrying Palestinian aid from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv was unmarked, Tuesday was the first time an Etihad aircraft landed in Israel bearing its logo, a source with knowledge of the flight told AFP.

Al-Sheikh told AFP that "there should be no normalization before the end of the Israeli occupation."