It’s a big day not only for UAE and Israel, who would be coming together forming a peaceful alliance for the first time in decades, but also for US President Donald Trump, who brokered the historic deal also known as Abraham Accord. Today Trump has organized a ceremony at the White House in Washington for the official signing of the Israel-UAE agreement. The ceremony would be attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who would be representing his brother Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and a fleet of high-level diplomats from both the nations.
As part of the agreement, Israel agreed to suspend its plans to annex occupied Palestinian territories. Israeli leader, Netanyahu as he began his journey to Washington on Sunday evening wrote on Twitter, “I travel to achieve peace in exchange for peace and we reached two peace agreements in just one month… This is a new era. These agreements will unite diplomatic peace with economic peace, and they will pump billions into our economy through investments, co-operation, and joint ventures.”
The deal marks a notable diplomatic achievement in Trump’s political career as bringing Arabs on the same table as Israeli would not have been an easy task. Arabs for decades boycotted Israel as a way of showing their allegiance to Palestinians and supporting their cause of establishing their own land, Palestine. The credit goes to the US president for convincing both sides to opt for the diplomatic channels in order to resolve their long-standing Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
Last month, the heads of two nations (UAE and Israel) announced the peace treaty in order to normalize their ties, and the Arab nation formally recognizing Israel’s statehood for the first time since its establishment in 1948.No doubt Trump was saving his best strokes for the last to climb up the ladder in Presidential election race, set for Nov 3. What followed this deal was an equally striking historic peace agreement between Bahrain and Israel. It now made in total four Arab nations, who have direct diplomatic ties in Israel – Egypt, Jordon, UAE, and Bahrain.
At today’s signing ceremony, Israel would be signing two different documents – one, the peace agreement with the UAE, and the other, a declaration of intent to make peace with Bahrain – due to paucity of time, a full agreement between Bahrain and Israel could not be presented.
The signing ceremony is expected to take place on the White House South Lawn and is believed to be attended by 1,000 people including many Democrat leaders. Besides, among the attendees would be casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a supporter of both Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, and Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs director Dore Gold, who as director-general of the Foreign Ministry opened an Israeli mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto would be the only EU leader who would attend the ceremony.
With regard to the deal, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimy told CNN that this deal with Israel “is an indication that we are keen on a new narrative of hope and prosperity where you have dialogue and debate.” Going forward as the details of the deal would get discussed, she assured that the UAE is keeping “the Palestinian cause front and center,” including “their right to statehood and their right for a dignified life.”