THE NEUTRAL ZONE
With the assistance of the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached an unprecedented peace agreement. In a statement announcing the deal, U.S. President Donald Trump said he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and that the two had come to agreeable terms.
The deal requires that Israel halt any further annexation of the West Bank, which Israeli officials state will allow the nation to “focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”
President Trump released the joint statement on Twitter, adding that the deal was a “Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!” Crown Prince Zyed also took to Twitter to comment on his meeting with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, stating that the agreement was reached to “stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories.” Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden issued a statement praising the deal, citing the UAE’s recognition of Israel as a state as “historic” and a “brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship.”
Israel, UAE announce normalisation of relations with US help – Al Jazeera – 8/13/2020 Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached an agreement – brokered by the United States – to work towards a “full normalisation of relations”, a deal the Palestinians called a “treacherous stab in the back”.
Trump Touts ‘HUGE Breakthrough’ As Israel, United Arab Emirates Agree To ‘Historic’ Peace Deal – The Daily Wire – 8/13/2020
As part of the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend declaring sovereignty over areas of the West Bank outlined in a January peace plan designed by the Trump administration. Instead, Israel will focus on “expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”
Israel, UAE reach historic peace deal: ‘We can make a wonderful future’ – The Jerusalem Post – 8/13/2020
However, bin Zayed presented the matter as though he had exacted concessions from Israel, emphasizing the suspension of sovereignty plans over normalization. He tweeted that “an agreement was reached to stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories. The UAE and Israel also agreed to cooperation and setting a roadmap towards establishing a bilateral relationship.”
Israel and United Arab Emirates Strike Major Diplomatic Agreement – New York Times – 8/13/2020
If fulfilled, the agreement would make the U.A.E. the third Arab country to establish normal diplomatic relations with Israel after Egypt, which signed a landmark peace agreement in 1979, and Jordan, which signed a treaty in 1994.
In Historic Deal With the UAE, Israel Is the Biggest Winner – Foreign Policy – 8/13/2020
If the elephant in the room—Saudi Arabia—joins the diplomatic party, this is when praise for the deal should be doubled and even tripled. Saudi Arabia, not the UAE, is the biggest prize for Israel in terms of diplomatic recognition. And it is Saudi Arabia, not the UAE, that traditionally speaks for the Muslim world and whose king is the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. The Arab domino effect will happen the moment the Saudis get on board. If or when they do, the code of broader Arab-Israeli security cooperation will finally be cracked.