U.S. President Donald Trump has announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalise relations. A joint statement by President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan said they hoped the “historic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East”. As a result, they added that Israel would suspend its controversial plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. Until now Israel has had no diplomatic relations with Gulf Arab countries. However, shared concerns over Iran’s regional influence have led to unofficial contacts between them.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “full, formal peace” with “one of the strongest countries in the world.” The deal will be called the “Abraham accord” after the biblical figure, they hope the “historic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East.” Netanyahu touted a formula of “peace for peace,” based on shared interests, emphasizing economic cooperation, and peace that comes from a position of strength, rather than peace in exchange for concessions.
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