Abu Dhabi. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a historic deal with Israel August 13 for normalisation of relations with Israel agreeing not to annex parts of Palestinian West Bank it had been threatening to.
The two countries would establish full diplomatic relations, it was stated both in Abu Dhabi and Jerusalem, and US President Donald Trump, who facilitated the deal, described it as a “historic Peace deal between our two GREAT friends.”
A common Joint Statement was issued simultaneously in Abu Dhabi, Tel Aviv and Washington. Diplomats of the three countries had been working towards the Peace deal for some time, and there were “discussions” between President Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces Shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan.
It’s a tremendous development, actually huge and momentous, surely to change the dynamics of Arab-Israeli relations, and possibly help end the cycle of violence triggered by the massacre of Israeli sports persons at the Munich Olympics in September 1972. Israel’s promise not to annex the Arab territories should go a long way in translating the intent of the deal towards peace in the troubled region.
Egypt, which already has diplomatic relations with Israel, was the first country to welcome the Peace Deal.
The 70-year old Arab-Israeli conflict has been a trouble for the entire world, and the three-nation deal, likely to be widened to other Arab countries with European Union support, should be a good opportunity to get on normalising the lives of common people. And most important, the homeless Palestinians, spread everywhere in the world, may get their long-cherished independent homeland.
Joint statement of the United States, the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates
ABU DHABI. President Donald J. Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, spoke on August 13th and agreed to the full normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region. All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement.
Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit. Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.
As a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world. The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal.
The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus. Working together, these efforts will help save Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lives throughout the region.
This normalisation of relations and peaceful diplomacy will bring together two of America’s most reliable and capable regional partners. Israel and the United Arab Emirates will join with the United States to launch a Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation. Along with the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates share a similar outlook regarding the threats and opportunities in the region, as well as a shared commitment to promoting stability through diplomatic engagement, increased economic integration, and closer security coordination. Today’s deal will lead to better lives for the peoples of the United Arab Emirates, Israel, and the region.
The United States and Israel recall with gratitude the appearance of the United Arab Emirates at the White House reception held on January 28, 2020, at which President Trump presented his Vision for Peace, and express their appreciation for United Arab Emirates’ related supportive statements. The parties will continue their efforts in this regard to achieve a just, comprehensive and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As set forth in the Vision for Peace, all Muslims who come in peace may visit and pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, and Jerusalem’s other holy sites should remain open for peaceful worshippers of all faiths.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan express their deep appreciation to President Trump for his dedication to peace in the region and to the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to achieve it.