Trump brokers historic peace deal between Israel and UAE


Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached an historic agreement – brokered by US President Donald Trump – to work towards a “full normalisation of relations”.

It is the first time that Israel will have diplomatic relations with a Gulf Arab country. It is the third Arab nation – after Egypt and Jordan – to announce active ties with Israel.

In return for the historic agreement, Israel agreed to suspend its plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.

Palestinian groups attacked the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. A spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas said the deal amounted to “treason” and Palestine’s ambassador to the UAE was being recalled. Hamas condemned the deal, stating it was a “treacherous stab in the back”.

The deal was announced by US President Donald Trump and is the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the US that accelerated recently, the White House said.

The agreement came after a telephone call earlier on Thursday between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.

“Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates,” Trump said from the White House.

Netanyahu said it was a “historic day” in response to Trump’s tweets about the normalisation deal. In a news conference later, he said he agreed to delay the annexation in the occupied West Bank as part the deal, but he would “never give up our rights to our land”.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s executive committee, said the UAE has “come out in the open on its secret dealings” with Israel.

“Israel got rewarded for not declaring openly what it’s been doing to Palestine illegally and persistently since the beginning of the occupation,” she posted on Twitter.

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