Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations.
The agreement, LEADERSHIP gathered was brokered with the help of United States President, Donald Trump.
Under the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to Palestinian areas of the occupied West Bank that it had been discussing annexing.
The peace deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials told the Reuters news agency.
The agreement came after a phone call on Thursday between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
The UAE becomes only the third Arab nation to have active ties with Israel and the first Gulf Arab state to do so.
“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,” the statement said.