The city hall in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv is decorated in the colors of the United Arab Emirates’ national flag on the 13th of August, 2020.
The United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to normalize relations between the two countries in a memorable and unusual deal that uses the United States as an arbitrator under which Israel will postpone annexation of the Palestinian territories.
A new era in relations between Israel and the Arab world begins,” celebrated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is a victory for diplomacy, “declared the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, Yusef al Otaiba, considering that the agreement represents an important step forward for relations between the two countries.
The pact, announced by Donald Trump, contemplates, according to Emirati sources, that Israel renounces its plan to annex the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, occupied since 1967.
According to the Gulf Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, the UAE’s peace deal with Israel is a “win-win solution” that removes the imminent threat of annexation in the West Bank.
Thomas Warrick, a non-resident senior researcher at the Atlantic Council, shares this sentiment.
“It’s a good day for Israel and the UAE, they both get something out of it that they want,” he said. “The United Arab Emirates is showing its value as a strategic partner of the two American political parties. Israel comes out of its block on the issue of settlements … This gives them a precious price, the normalization of relations with the UAE. “
Gargash described the deal as a way to “defuse a real threat” to a two-state solution and “hope” to allow agreements to resume, but not a “road map to peace” between Israel and Palestine.
According to the Emirati Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, the agreement is a “courageous step” that paves the way for a “two-state” solution for the Palestinian people.
The agreement makes the Emirates the third Arab country with which Israel maintains diplomatic relations, following the agreements signed with Jordan and Egypt.