Lieutenant-General Dhahi Khalfan, Dubai’s Deputy Chief of Police and General Security, said in a September 16, 2020 interview on Al-Hurra TV (U.S.) that he views Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his decision to withdraw the Palestinian ambassadors from the Arab states that are signing peace deals with Israel as short-sighted. He said that President Abbas belongs to the past and that he lacks a long-term vision. In addition, Lieutenant-General Khalfan said that Arab peace agreements with Israel do not mean that the Arabs no longer believe in the Palestinians' right to a state, that only lunatics talk about annihilating Israel, and that there should be a Palestinian leadership capable of bringing peace.
Interviewer: "How do you view the decision by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to stop abiding by the peace agreements signed in the past and to recall the [Palestinian] ambassadors from the countries that signed the peace accord?"
Lt. Gen. Khalfan: "He is short-sighted. As usual. We got used to the short-sightedness of leaders like Mahmoud Abbas, who lack any long-term vision. He signed [an agreement] many years ago and introduced peace with Israel to us. He now plans to return to the armed struggle. Bravo. If he is capable of conducting armed struggle, he can achieve his rights through use of force.
"Establishing mutual relations does not mean abandoning the Palestinian right to a state. Absolutely not. Abbas is short-sighted. He belongs to the past. There should be a Palestinian leadership capable of bringing the peace (process) to safety.
"Only lunatics talk about annihilating Israel. This does not stand to reason. How many prophets have the Israelites had in this region? Were there not people that these prophets were preaching to? These people were living in the region. Recognizing Israel does not diminish our belief as Arabs that our Palestinian brothers deserve to have a state."