President Trump announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates will establish a “fully normalized relationship”. And in exchange, Israel will temporarily abandon its “declared sovereignty” over the disputed West Bank territory.
A historical breakthrough with the Middle East:
Mr. Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince Mohammed Nahyan of Abu Dhabi issued a joint statement stating that they hope “historical breakthroughs will promote peace in the Middle East.”
What was agreed upon?
Israeli and UAE delegations will hold meetings to sign two-sided agreements on investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, environment, establishment of embassies and other mutually beneficial fields.
Declaration by Israel:
Israel will also “suspend the declaration of sovereignty over the areas outlined” in President Trump’s “Concept of Peace between Israel and Palestine”, in which he supports Israel’s plan to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank and strategic Jordan Valley.
The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs Anwar Gagash said that the UAE’s recognition of Israel was a “very bold step” to stop Israel’s “time bomb” from annexing the West Bank.
He said that the UAE considered this to be “a cessation of annexation, not a suspension.”
Painful decision for UAE but decided:
When asked about Palestine’s criticism of the UAE’s move, ” He said: “We feel painful for this.” But finally decided to “let us do this.”
The joint statement stated that Israel will “focus on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world now”. And, the United States and the UAE will work hard to achieve this goal.
The three leaders pointed out that they “have similar views on threats and opportunities in the region, and work together to promote diplomatic contacts. In order to strengthen economic integration and Strengthen security coordination to achieve stability”.
The Trump administration, the Israelis, and the emirate subsequently essentially “subverted this idea,” said Martin Indik, the special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations under President Barack Obama. Indik said: “They discussed the idea of normalization if there is no annexation, rather than President Trump legalizing annexation.
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