WASHINGTON – Announcing that “there is going to be peace in the Middle East,” President Trump hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday at the White House between the Foreign Ministers of Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain and reached a new diplomatic agreement. Them for a formal signature.
The ceremony took place at an agreement in the South Lawn of the White House, which has become the focal point of the President’s foreign policy message in the closing week of the 2020 presidential campaign.
Although the details are unknown, the agreement, known as the Abraham Accord, would normalize diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, including the establishment of first embassies in each other’s countries. Israel and the UAE recently announced the start of the first commercial flights between them. Until now, Israel had normal relations with only two other Arab states, Jordan and Egypt.
The incident was staged to invoke the same location 25 years ago, when President Bill Clinton struck a deal between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.
But many analysts in the region credited Mr. Trump for helping in the settlement, while advising the work was done by his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner – known as the talk of peace. They note that Israel has long been moving forward as a de facto alliance with the Sunni Arab states of the Persian Gulf, primarily against Shia Iran.
“This is not a conflict resolution and it is not peace – it is a business deal,” said Jeremy Ben-Amey, president of J Street, a liberal pro-Israel pro-group sharply criticizing Mr. Netanyahu. “It is very, very clear that the interests of the alliance between Israel and these countries are – military, security, diplomatic, economic – and those interests are for two decades.”
“It is a formality, but it should not be seen as resolving a main conflict for Israel with its neighbors,” he said. Israel’s decades-old conflict with the Palestinians, he said, “remains unconnected with this agreement.”
Meeting with Mr. Netanyahu in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump presented Mr. Netanyahu with a large golden key embedded in a wooden box that he described as “a key to the White House, a key to our country.” .
“You have the key to the hearts of the people of Israel,” Mr. Netanyahu answered.
“This is peace in the Middle East without blood in the whole sand,” Mr. Trump said.
Speaking on Fox News’s “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump claimed that Tuesday’s event was the beginning of understanding things to come.
Mr. Trump said, “We have many others who are going to come in a very short time,” and Palestine will eventually come as well. You are going to establish peace in the Middle East. “
But during Tuesday’s ceremony, Palestinians realized that there was nothing in the official remarks of Mr. Trump and Mr. Netanyahu.
Palestinian leaders, however, show no signs of reconsidering their unworthy over Trump’s refusal to negotiate with Israel in the framework of the Trump White House peace plan released in January.
Mr Trump also said on Fox that he has “absolutely no problem” selling F-35 fighter jets in the United Arab Emirates, despite objections in Israel to the Trump administration’s sale of advanced military hardware to the Arab one billion. state.
Trump officials denied that such a sale was a condition for the Emirate to strike down its agreement with Israel.