Israel & United Arab Emirates [UAE] Peace Deal - Israel’s Judea & Samaria [West Bank] Annexations On Hold
8-13-20, Reuters, Dubai - Jerusalem - Washington -- On August 13, 2020 Israel and the United Arab Emirates [UAE] announced that they will normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship, which U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker. A move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran.
Over the past two decades, the United Arab Emirates with an area of appx 32,000 sq miles and a population of less than 10 million [but the Arab world’s second-largest economy thanks to oil] has exerted growing commercial and military clout in the Gulf and the wider region; much of it aimed at confronting Islamist militants and the influence of Iran.
Israel population is approximately 9 million with a land mass of appx 8,000 sq miles. Israel and the UAE are expected to soon exchange ambassadors and embassies. A signing ceremony is due to be held at the White House.
Under the new ABRAHAM ACCORD, the Jewish nation of Israel [the only non Muslim nation in the Middle East] agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of Judea & Samaria [aka West Bank].
It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-driven Middle East.
In 1979 Israel signed peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan in 1994. However, the UAE, along with most other Arab Islamic nations, did not recognize Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now.
It becomes the first Gulf Arab country to reach such a deal with the Jewish state.
Some Muslims in Israel [aka Palestinian] denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause.
- In a televised address Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal would lead to “full and formal peace with the UAE hope that other countries in the region would follow its example.”
- Senior UAE official Anwar Gargash said the deal had helped defuse what he called a ticking time-bomb urging the Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.
- President Trump’s special envoy Brian Hook called the agreement a “nightmare” for Iran.
- An Iranian official, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a tweet: “Abu Dhabi’s behavior has no justification, turning back on the Palestine cause. W/ that strategic mistake, #UAE will be engulfed in Zionism fire.”
- President Trump said, “Everybody said this would be impossible. Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead.”
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