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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reached an “historic peace agreement” with the State of Israel.
Khaleej Times, a UAE English-language newspaper, and other media organizations broke the news Thursday, August 13.
“Historic” probably is not difficult to understand because of the Jewish state’s continued treatment of the Palestinian people and its annexation of parts onof their territories in the West Bank.
But the annexation is seen to end as a result of the accord.
The peace deal greeted the world, a world that’s still struggling in the battle against the novel coronavirus that continued to leave a trail of deaths in its wake.
Triumvirate of peacemakers
Khaleej Times reported that, “Under the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to areas of the West Bank that it has been discussing annexing recently.”
Key players in the accord sealed on August 13 are His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, United States President Donald Trump, and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
To finalized the deal the trio spoke over the phone, after which the three principal players issued a joint statement, saying:
“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 great potential in the region.”
Trump, who is up for re-election in November 2020 against Democratic presidential nominee former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, as his habit quickly went on Twitter.
“HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”
Formal signing of the accord will be made sometime in the future at the White House in Washington, DC.
End of Israel’s annexation of Palestinian lands?
Khaleej Times said “the United States will ensure no more Palestinian land is annexed in the West Bank.”
The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Gargash cited the significance of the peace pact.
“The United Arab Emirates has secured Israel’s commitment to halting the annexation of Palestinian territories in order to sustain efforts to achieve a two-state solution,” he said.
Minister Gargash added that the agreement supports the belief of the Emirates “that establishing normal relations with Israel will enable it to play a direct and constructive role in enhancing the region’s security and stability.”
From the Israeli media organization Haaretz, here’s what Netanyahu said:
“Today marks a new era in Israel’s relations with the Arab world”. He added that Israel and the UAE agreed on “a full, formal peace.”
“For years, Israel has been portrayed as an enemy…now more countries will join us in this circle of peace,” he said.
However, it seems the threats of annexation of West Bank land will not go away for long as Netanyahu emphasized it is “still on the table,” and he is “committed to” it.
The “Abraham Accord”
Perhaps, not surprisingly, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey slammed the peace accord, the second between an Arab state and the Jewish state since Jordan in 1994.
But for now the UAE under the leadership of His Highness Abu Dhabi Emir and UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan has achieved something probably unthinkable in the Arab world — a peace deal with Israel.
Will there be other Arab countries thinking of doing the same? Only time will tell.
The peace deal, to be officially known as the “Abraham Accord”, has been in the works for sometime but took on a more urgent pace recently. (SDN)
Featured image of the symbol of peace from Pixabay’s Inspired Images.