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UAE and Israel reach a historic peace agreement: the Middle East Shocked

BY: Yusra Adil

With the assistance of President Trump, Israel and the UAE have struck a peace agreement to sustain peace between their countries and agree to normalize relations, as Israel agrees to delay annexation in specific locations of West Bank. Trump declares the deal as a historic breakthrough towards sustaining world peace while promoting other Arab and Muslim countries to follow the United Arab Emirates to join hands with Israel. The UAE is the third Arab country to form a peace deal with Israel since Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948, after Egypt and Jordan. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said he had “delayed” the West Bank annexation plans, but those plans remain “on the table.”

Annexation would make some West Bank areas officially part of Israel. Netanyahu also states that he is in full coordination with the U.S. in terms of applying sovereignty to Judea and Samaria Area (part of the West Bank). Despite this, we must take note that those plans are only delayed rather than discontinued.

Moreover, Israel is willing to co-operate with the UAE in developing a vaccine for COVID-19, in addition to energy, water, environmental protection, and various other fields. A signing ceremony is to be held in the coming weeks at the White House. Delegations from both countries will meet regarding investment, tourism, security, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.

Overall, the peace agreement is a step forward in obtaining world peace; however, many citizens question Trump’s concern with and enthusiasm in connecting the Middle East. As suspected, a positive relationship between the US and Israel offers personal benefits to both Trump and Netanyahu. Analysts say the deal could mean a foreign policy victory for President Trump, who is seeking re-election in November. It will also and give a personal boost to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is on trial for alleged corruption.

On the contrary, many other Arab countries feel that the UAE betrayed them and “stabbed them in the back.” Iran and Turkey, the UAE’s regional rivals, strongly condemned the deal. The foreign ministry of Iran voiced their concern by disapproving the UAE’s decision, “The Islamic Republic of Iran considers the disgraceful act by Abu Dhabi to normalize relations with the fake, illegitimate and inhumane Israel.”

Tehran, province of Iran, warned Israel of any activity in the Gulf. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also threatened to suspend diplomatic relations with the Gulf state. Furthermore, Turkey accused the UAE of making “secret calculations based on the stillborn and invalid US plan [and] disregarding Palestine’s will.” Saeb Erekat, a senior leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said: “This rewards Israel for continuing to occupy us, killing [our] children and building settlements. The UAE has wanted to do this for some time but what bothers me is that they are using us as a fig leaf.”

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