A number of Kuwaiti political parties have roundly condemned US President Donald Trump’s claim that the Persian Gulf kingdom may soon normalize relations with Israel after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain signed normalization agreements with the Tel Aviv regime at the White House earlier this week.
The factions, in a joint statement released on Sunday, called upon the Kuwaiti government to issue an official statement in rejection of Trump’s allegation.
“Kuwait will not forget the blood of the martyrs, the sufferings of mothers, children, prisoners and the wounded, and the sacrifices of generations throughout the decades of Zionist oppression and aggression against Palestine and al-Quds al-Sharif,” the statement added.
They also urged the legislature to expedite the passing of a law, which would criminalize any normalization with the Israeli regime and demand that the lawmakers protect the Arab country against any potential bullying and pressure by Washington.
Trump claimed at a White House press briefing on Friday that Kuwait will likely normalize relations with Israel in the near future.
The Kuwaitis “are so excited that we signed the first two countries and I think they’ll end up fairly quickly being a part of it,” he asserted.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani in a US-brokered event hosted by Trump at the White House on September 15.
Anti-Israel sentiment runs high in Kuwait, whose citizens are fervent supporters of the Palestinian cause against Israeli occupation,
A poll conducted last year by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy showed that 85 percent of Kuwaitis oppose normalizing ties with Israel.
Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, with East Jerusalem as its capital view the deals as betrayal of their cause.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas protested the normalization deals with Israel, saying they will be fruitless as long as the United States and the Israeli regime do not recognize the rights of the Palestinian nation and refuse to resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees.
He reiterated that there will be no peace, security or stability for anyone in the region unless the Israeli regime ended its occupation of Palestinian land, and Palestinians could restore their full rights as stipulated in international resolutions.