Israel and the UAE reached a peace agreement on Thursday, that will lead to a complete normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries in an agreement in which US President Donald Trump played a mediating role.
Reuters quoted White House officials as saying that a peace agreement was concluded in a phone call today between Trump, Netanyahu and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The officials added that, as part of the agreement, Israel agreed to suspend the imposition of its sovereignty over areas in the West Bank that it was considering annexing.
According to a joint statement published by the US President on his Twitter account, he, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan “spoke today and agreed on the full normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE”.
He described the statement as a “historic diplomatic breakthrough” and affirmed that it would contribute to “consolidating peace in the Middle East region, which is evidence of the success of bold diplomacy, the vision of the three leaders, and the courage of both the UAE and Israel in their determination to chart a new path aimed at liberating the great potential in the region”.
He continued, “The three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from this historic achievement”.
On the other hand, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on Thursday, announced an agreement with the President of the United States Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop Israel’s plan to annex Palestinian lands in the Occupied West Bank.
“In my phone call today with US President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, it was agreed to stop Israel’s annexation of the Palestinian territories,” the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi said on Twitter.
He added, “The UAE and Israel have also agreed to lay down a road map towards launching joint cooperation, leading to bilateral relations”.
The Emirati Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, said that the agreement to stop the annexation of Palestinian lands is a major breakthrough in Arab-Israeli relations.
He stated in a tweet on Twitter that the announcement by the UAE, the United States and Israel of an agreement that would stop annexing the Palestinian territories is an important diplomatic achievement and opens new horizons for peace and stability in the region.
In turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed today, Thursday, his commitment to annexing parts of the occupied West Bank territories, stressing that he will not give up the process.
In a speech this evening, Netanyahu said that the annexation issue will remain on the table and that it is still on the agenda.
“I am the one who put the annexation issue on the table, and I am committed to it in coordination with the US administration only”.
He added, “The US president asked Israel to wait temporarily for the issue of annexation… We wanted to bring peace with the Arab countries, and it is certain that other countries will be… They are “a people who desire peace and pray for peace”.
Regarding the agreement between the UAE and Israel, he said: “On this historic day in which we are building comprehensive relations with the Emirates, you bless that… and I say to the citizens of the Emirates, headed by Sheikh bin Zayed, peace be upon you and peace be upon us”.
Netanyahu clarified that the condition was maintaining the confidentiality of the agreement before the announcement, and that there would be direct flights between Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi and the UAE, and that major investments would be invested.
He indicated that there will be full agreements with Arab countries without returning to the 1967 borders, reiterating that other countries will join this declaration.
The UAE ambassador to Washington, Yusef al Otaiba, considered that the agreement reached by his country with Israel constitutes “a diplomatic victory” and “an important progress in Arab-Israeli relations”.
“Today’s announcement is a victory for diplomacy and for the region,” al Otaiba said in a statement published on the website of the Emirati embassy in Washington. It is an important progress in Arab-Israeli relations, “noting that” it requires an immediate halt to the annexation and the possibility of a violent escalation.
“It maintains the viability of a two-state solution as is supported by the Arab League and the international community”.
To that, Anwar Gargash, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said that the tripartite contact was a “courageous” Emirati decision.
In an interview with Sky News Arabia, Gargash indicated that this tripartite contact constitutes a “qualitative breakthrough” to preserve the peace process.
The Emirati minister continued, “We succeeded in this courageous initiative to oblige Israel to freeze the annexation of Palestinian lands”.
Gargash continued, saying, “The Israeli annexation decision would have ended any hope for peace, and it was a matter of concern to most countries of the world”.
Gargash said: “In exchange for this Israeli commitment, there is an Emirati commitment towards a roadmap towards normal relations with Israel.
He added, “There are many Arab countries that have relations with Israel without any gain on the ground, but the UAE is achieving it with a tangible gain on the ground”.
“The region cannot move without leadership and concrete initiatives such as those undertaken by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed,” he continued.
As for the possibility of that initiative to solve the Palestinian crisis, Anwar Gargash said: “The history of the Arab nation from the Camp David, Madrid and Sharm al Sheikh agreements, and many initiatives that sought an Arab and Israeli solution,” adding:
“Many have made progress and many have made some progress. Therefore, we see that our basic initiative is not to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but to dismantle a time bomb that threatens the two-state solution, and this is what Netanyahu and Benny Gantz pledged”.
The Palestine Liberation Organization criticized the news, and Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Executive Committee, said that Israel had received a prize from the UAE by normalizing relations with it through secret negotiations.
For its part, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, on Thursday, described the UAE’s normalization with Israel as “surrender and subservience”.
Dawood Shihab, a spokesman for the movement, said in a statement to Anadolu Agency: “Normalization with the Israeli occupation is surrender and subservience, and it will not change the facts of the conflict anything but rather make the occupation more terrorist”.
He added, “We strongly condemn and condemn this agreement announced between the UAE and Israel, and we consider it a legitimacy of the occupation and a rescue of its government from its predicament and crises”.
He pointed out that “this agreement is a departure from the national consensus and the nation’s constants”.
On Thursday, the Palestinian Hamas movement rejected the agreement to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel under American auspices, describing it as a “free reward for the occupation”.
Anadolu Agency quoted a spokesman for the movement as saying, “The UAE’s normalization of its relations with Israel is a treacherous stab on the struggles of our Palestinian people”.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement: “The US-Israeli-Emirati agreement is dangerous and is a free reward for the Israeli occupation for its crimes and violations against the Palestinian people”.
He continued, “We condemn every form of normalization with the occupation, which is considered a stab in the side of the Palestinian cause, and the Israeli enemy benefits from it, and will encourage it to commit more crimes and violations against our people and their sanctities”.
It is noteworthy that the announcement of the normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel coincided with holding the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”, on Thursday, Israel, responsible for the consequences of the military escalation on the Gaza Strip, and the tightening of the siege on it.
Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the movement, said, “The continuous Israeli escalation on Gaza, preventing the arrival of fuel and goods, is a dangerous aggressive behavior, and an unpredictable step for the occupation, the consequences and consequences of which the occupation bears”.
He added, “These aggressive policies aimed at exacerbating the crises of our people in the besieged sector, paralyzing their daily lives, and disrupting efforts to confront the Coronavirus, in light of regional and international silence, will require redrawing the parameters of the stage again, and determining the appropriate path to break this equation”.
He warned that his movement “cannot accept the continuation of this situation, as it is”.
For his part, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi appreciated the tripartite agreement between the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Israel, which was surprisingly announced Thursday.
On Thursday, he wrote on Twitter, “I followed with great interest and appreciation the tripartite joint statement between the United States of America, the sisterly United Arab Emirates and Israel regarding the agreement to stop Israel’s annexation of the Palestinian territories,” considering that they are steps “that will bring peace to the Middle East”.
In a statement on Thursday, the Kingdom of Bahrain expressed its congratulations to the “brotherly” United Arab Emirates and its “wise” leadership for announcing with the United States and Israel an agreement that would stop annexing Palestinian lands, and taking steps to enhance the chances of reaching peace in the Middle East.
The statement said, “The Kingdom commends the sincere diplomatic efforts made by the UAE, stressing that this historic step will contribute to strengthening stability and peace in the region,” according to what was reported by Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
The statement added that Bahrain commends at the same time “the great efforts made by the United States of America to reach this historic agreement, in continuation of its continuous keenness towards strengthening and consolidating the foundations of security, stability and peace in all parts of the world”.
“The Kingdom of Bahrain looks forward to continuing efforts to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict,” the statement continued.