President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner hopes the other countries will soon follow in the footsteps of the United Arab Emirates following a historic flight this week between Israel and the country as part of a generalized relationship. Month.
In the wake of the flight, which Kushner flew, the official suggested to UAE state news agency WAM that he expected other countries to follow suit in a short period of time, according to a Reuters report.
“Let’s hope it’s the month,” Kushner told the news outlet.
The August accord made the UAE the third Middle Eastern country to try and establish diplomatic relations with Israel – a move that angered Palestinians and Iran.
Egypt and Jordan established ties with Israel decades ago, but until some time ago, other Arab nations have been adamant on rejecting diplomatic relations until Israel vacated Palestinian land, which the United Nations invalidated Is considered to be an occupied area.
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Kushner visited Bahrain and is expected to head Saudi Arabia and Qatar, three of the Middle East’s wealthiest countries, according to the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Notably, Kuwait was missing from Kushner’s travel plans, although he ranked the second wealthiest nation in the Middle East last year.
Kuwait has been friendly with Iran despite increasing tensions between the Shia nation and other Gulf states in recent years. It also includes Saudi Arabia, which severed ties with Iran in 2016 following an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain also supported Trump’s 2018 decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, while Kuwait, Qatar and Oman opted to maintain economic and political ties with Iran.
Although no other Middle Eastern nation has confirmed additional diplomatic relations with Israel, Saudi Arabia has allowed Kushner and the Israeli delegation to use its airspace, according to Reuters.
The Bahrain government reportedly praised the UAE’s newly found ties, a successful step in protecting Arab and Islamic interests in the region.
Palestinians have condemned the UAE’s move, calling it a “poison threat” and a reward for the aggression they have shown against Palestinians.
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Palestinian officer Saib Erekat said last month that with the move, any possibility of peace between the Palestinians and Israel has been destroyed.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quick to speak out against the UAE-Israel agreement, calling it a “massive mistake” and “a betrayal of the will of the Palestinian people and the will of Muslims”.
And in a fiery speech on Tuesday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, condemned Kushner’s recent visit.
Ayatollah said, “The Amiris will forever be maligned for this betrayal against the Islamic world, Arab countries and Palestine.”
He further condemned the United Arab Emirates.
“The UAE, along with Israel and rogue Americans like the Jewish member of Trump’s family, are working together against the interests of the Islamic world,” Khamenei said, referring to Kushner who is Jewish.
When asked about Khamenei’s comments, Jamal al-Musharakh, a United Arab Emirates Foreign Ministry official, said, “The path to peace and prosperity is not from provocative and hate speech.”
According to a report by Al Jazeera, Kushner spent Tuesday morning at A-Dhafra airbase talking to Emirati pilots about F-35 fighter jets.
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed reports surfaced last month that claimed US security officials gave UAE officials a “classified briefing” about the F-35, calling it “fake news”.
“The peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates does not include a clause on the matter, and the United States made it clear to Israel that it will always protect Israel’s qualitative edge,” he told Israel in an August statement. Mentioned arms sales including advance f. -35 jetfighter.
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The UAE has reportedly stated that with normalized relations between them and Israel, they are free to participate in arms sales with the US
Netanyahu has condemned any such sale.