Israel and the United Arab Emir- ates (UAE) have agreed to normalise diplomatic relations, United States President (US) President Donald Trump has announced.
A joint statement by Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohammed Al Nahyan,
said that they hoped the “historic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East.”
As a result, they added, Israel would suspend its controversial plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
Until now ,Israel has had no diplomatic relations with Gulf Arab countries.
However, shared concerns over Iran’s regional influence have led to unofficial contacts between them. In response to President Trump’s announcement, Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew: “Historic Day.”
The UAE’s ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, said that it was “a win for diplomacy and for the region.”
“It is a significant advance in Ar- ab-Israeli relations that lowers ten- sions and creates new energy for positive change,” he added.
But a senior Palestinian official, Hanan Ashrawi, condemned the deal, saying the UAE had “come out in the open on its secret dealings/ normalisation with Israel” and tell- ing Prince Mohammed: “May you never be sold out by your ‘friends’.”
It marks only the third Israel- Arab peace deal since Israel’s dec- laration of independence in 1948. Egypt signed one in 1979, and Jor- dan in 1994.