Aug 13, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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Israel and the United Arab Emirates reach a historic deal that will lead to full normalization of diplomatic relations in an agreement Donald Trump helped broker.
Under the agreement, Israel’s agreed to suspend the planned annexation of occupied land in the West Bank sought by the Palestinians for their future state.
A joint statement issued by Israel, the UAE and U.S. says ”this historic … 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 the great potential in the region.”
The two countries are expected to soon exchange ambassadors and embassies.
The UAE will be the first Gulf Arab state to have ties to Israel.
Among Arab countries only Egypt and Jordan have active diplomatic ties with Israel.

Egypt reached a peace deal with Israel in 1979, followed by Jordan in 1994.


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