Israel, U.A.E. Agree to Establish Formal Diplomatic Ties
Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday agreed to normalize ties in a major diplomatic breakthrough brokered by President Donald Trump.
As part of the agreement, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan, the statement said, adding the country would focus on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.
Israel and the UAE go ahead and sign bilateral agreements, it would be the first time Israel has normalized relations with a Gulf state.
Relations between Israel and Gulf States have quietly warmed in recent years as they have been pushed together by their common enemy, Iran, and by an ally in the Trump administration. The agreement could lead other states, such as Saudi Arabia, to potentially follow suit.
U.A.E has sought to frame a new relationship with Israel as a way to help calm a turbulent region. “It immediately stops annexation and the potential of violent escalation,” said U.A.E. Ambassador to the U.S. Youssef Otaiba. “It is a significant advance in Arab-Israeli relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive change across the region.”
“It’s a historic day, a new dawn in Middle East relations,” Netanyahu said at a press conference in Jerusalem on Thursday.
He also insisted that he would fulfill his pledge to annex parts of the West Bank.
“I’m not changing this and I’m obliged to this annexation,” he said, adding that it could not happen U.S. support and that Trump had asked Israel to wait.