Now Reading: Israel, UAE Reach “Historic” Peace Deal, Muslim World Rejects it
In what was a historic event to some while a tragedy for others, a peace deal was signed between Israel and UAE, becoming the third-ever peace treaty between Israel and an Arab state. This mutual agreement was first revealed by US President Donald Trump on twitter, who helped broker the deal. With this, Israel has suspended its controversial plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the United Arab Emirates’s Prince Mohammad Al Nahyan reached an agreement to normalize relations between the two countries. A surprise statement was released by the US President, who helped broker the deal, the countries called the deal “historic” and a “breakthrough towards peace”.
HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020
The Countries’ Leaders’ Hail The Peace Deal
Hailing the deal to normalize the ties between the two countries in a televised press conference, Prime Minister of Israel – Benjamin Netanyahu – called the deal one of “full, formal peace” with “one of the strongest countries in the world.” “I have the great privilege to make the third peace treaty between Israel and an Arab country, the UAE. Together we can bring a wonderful future. It is an incomparably exciting moment,” Netanyahu added. He declared;
“Today a new era began in the relations between Israel and the Arab world.”
Furthermore, in a tweet on his official twitter account, the Israeli PM labelled this deal ‘the greatest achievement toward peace between Israel and the Arab world in the last 26 years’.
This is the greatest advancement toward peace between Israel and the Arab world in the last 26 years and it marks the third formal peace between Israel and an Arab nation.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 13, 2020
The other country involved in the deal – the United Arab Emirates – said that this peace treaty with Israel was ‘a bold step to secure a two-state solution to the long-running Israel-Palestinian conflict’. The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a press conference; “Most countries will see this as a bold step to secure a two-state solution, allowing time for negotiations,”. Furthermore, UAE’s ambassador to Washington – Yousef al-Otaiba – stated;
“Today’s announcement is a win for diplomacy and for the region. It is a significant advance in Arab-Israeli relations that lowers tensions and creates new energy for positive change.”
Meanwhile, the deal broker – Trump – stated in a statement posted to his twitter account:
“Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations.”
Joint Statement Of The Countries’ Leaders
A Joint Statement was released by the leaders of the three countries i.e. Trump, Netanyahu and Bin Zayad talking about the peace treaty. Praising the deal, the three leaders revealed some details about the peace treaty. Israeli and UAE delegations will be meeting in the upcoming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding mutual investment, tourism, direct flights, security and the establishment of reciprocal embassies, the statement revealed.
The mutual statement further added,
“At the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world. The United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are confident that additional diplomatic breakthroughs with other nations are possible, and will work together to achieve this goal.”
Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates pic.twitter.com/oVyjLxf0jd
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020
Muslim World Angered on this Shameful Treaty
The Muslim World has strongly rejected the Trump administration’s “Vision for Peace” in the Middle East. The Palestinians have especially felt deeply betrayed. The Israel-U.A.E deal has been condemned by the Palestinian Authorities as an “aggression against the Palestinian people”. Palestine has also recalled its Ambassador from the U.A.E and has demanded an urgent Arab League summit. In a statement, Nabil Abu Rudeinah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called on the UAE to withdraw from this “disgraceful” agreement and added;
“The deal has affirmed that the UAE, or any other party, has no right to speak on behalf of the Palestinian people.”
Moreover, the veteran Palestinian politician – Hanan Ashrawi – quoted the tweet made by Prince Bin Zayed regarding the deal and commented, ” May you never be sold out by your ‘friends’. ”
May you never experience the agony of having your country stolen; may you never feel the pain of living in captivity under occupation; may you never witness the demolition of your home or murder of your loved ones. May you never be sold out by your "friends." https://t.co/CBaNl1QQqx
— Hanan Ashrawi (@DrHananAshrawi) August 13, 2020
Similarly, Turkey said on Friday that history will not be forgetting this treason and will never forgive the “hypocritical behavior” of the United Arab Emirates in agreeing a deal with Israel. The country’s Foreign Ministry said the Palestinian people and administration very rightly reacted as strong as they did against this deal. Turkey’s administration is also thinking about suspending diplomatic relations with UAE on this.
In the same way, Iran’s foreign ministry called this accord “shameful”. Meanwhile, he Gaza Strip’s Islamist leaders – Hamas – also rejected the agreement by saying that it did not serve the Palestinian cause. “The agreement with the UAE is a reward for the Israeli occupation and crimes,” they added.
Pakistan has also released a statement on UAE and Israel’s normalization of relations. The statement added that Pakistan’s approach on the matter will be evaluated by Palestinian aspirations and the stability of regional peace. “Peace and stability in the Middle East Region is Pakistan’s key priority,” the statement declared.
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) August 14, 2020