In a move to improve diplomatic ties between the two states, Israel and the United Arab Emirates inked a historic deal on Thursday, which is seen as a concrete step that will give the West Asia politics a new direction ranging from the Palestinian issue to Iran.
Under the deal, brokered by US President Donald Trump, Israel has agreed upon to stall plans to annex areas of the occupied West Bank which it was mulling earlier.
In a joint statement released by President Trump, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan expressed great satisfaction with the deal. They hoped it will be a “historic breakthrough” that will augment peace in the Middle East region.
This is the first time that Israel is initiating any diplomatic relations with Gulf Arab countries. But due to similar concerns over Iran’s regional activities it had led to communication in an unofficial way between them. While responding to Trump’s announcement, Mr. Netanyahu tweeted it as a “Historic day” in Hebrew.
Both UAE and Israel along with the US consider Iran as the main threat in the region.
This deal is a result of protracted diplomatic discussions between Israel and UAE which got further expedited by the US intervention in the middle. Since long, UAE and Arab had snubbed Israel in striking diplomatic ties, while the later had forged peace deals with Egypt in 1979, and Jordan in 1994. “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,” said the joint