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8/13/2020

Israel and UAE Reach Agreement

Filed under: General — Dana @ 1:11 pm



[guest post by Dana]

[Ed. Pressed for time, just throwing this up here.]

Surprising, to say the least:

Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday agreed to normalize ties in a major diplomatic breakthrough brokered by President Donald Trump.

As part of the agreement, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan, the statement said, adding the country would focus on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.

“HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The deal was finalized during a call between Trump, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed. Trump said discussions between the two leaders had sometimes been tense.

From the White House fact sheet:

The countries have committed to the exchange of embassies and ambassadors, and to begin cooperation in a broad range of fields including education, healthcare, trade, and security.
This historic breakthrough is the most significant step toward peace in the Middle East in over 25 years.

The United Arab Emirates is the first major Arab state to recognize Israel since the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty was signed on October 26, 1994.

This agreement is a major breakthrough for Muslims throughout the world who wish to come in peace to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque, as they will now be able to fly to Tel Aviv through Abu Dhabi to do so and will be welcomed.

By encouraging more visits, it will help counter the extremists who use the false narrative that the Al Aqsa Mosque is under attack and that Muslims cannot pray at this holy site.
Expanded business and financial ties between these two thriving economies will also accelerate growth and economic opportunity across the Middle East.

This agreement will allow further advancement of the President’s vision for finding a comprehensive, fair, realistic, and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians and in the region.

While the Palestinians can certainly read the writing on the wall, so too can Trump. This is a big foreign policy win for him ahead of the election:

U.S. officials described the agreement, to be known as the Abraham Accord, as the first of its kind since Israel and Jordan signed their treaty in 1994. It also gives Trump a foreign policy success as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3.

The next few weeks will see Israel and the UAE come together to sign bilateral agreements.

But not everyone was happy about the nes:

–Dana

33 Responses to “Israel and UAE Reach Agreement”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (292df6)

  2. Which two one of the three will get the Nobel Peace prize?

    It’s a trick question.

    felipe (023cc9)

  3. This… is actually amazing.

    UAE doesn’t do this without the support from other Arab nations, particularly Saudia Arabia.

    I wonder if the other GCC nations would follow suit?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_Cooperation_Council

    whembly (c30c83)

  4. Grasping at straws. The “agreement” has nothing to do with the US. My prediction is that this agreement will go in the deep freeze after a few months and will blow away like a sand dune.

    Now if Trump reunited the Koreas that would be something.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  5. Nothing hurts Iran’s foreign policy more than countries normalizing relations with Israel, working with Israel. This is also why (from the bad guys POV) Iraq had to be kneecapped before it became westernized (and therefore normalized with Israel).

    It’s sad. I doubt I’ll ever get to see old Persian cities and I’ve always had that on my bucket list.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  6. It’s a start… very good news!

    Colonel Haiku (167584)

  7. As i would like to see city i was born in but not under current managememt

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  8. God bless. Let us pray they follow through and we can finally have peace.

    NJRob (433bc4)

  9. This is probably best interpreted as a loss for Saudi Arabia.

    It’s not a big achievement for peace. The UAE wants to be in the category of Egypt and Jordan, or maybe Oman and Bahrain. I don;t know if either of these two countries have embassies i Israel..

    It;s also pretty corrupt. The ruling family used to control BCCI.

    Sammy Finkelman (5818f3)

  10. Via Captain Ed, it’s not quite the deal as advertised, but it’s a good step.

    Paul Montagu (c280e0)

  11. Nothing is funnier than watching CNN try to turn a Middle East peace deal into some kind of Trump mistake. It will take all of their disinformation talents to pull this off.

    — – Scott Adams

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  12. 7… would that you will someday, narciso!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  13. Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 8/13/2020 @ 3:12 pm

    You and I, like many others here, can remember countless “steps forward” in the “peace process” – and the countless “steps backward.” Mere human jealousy is enough reason to scuttle Abraham. Speaking only for myself, I’ll believe peace has been achieved only after the tenth anniversary of a successful accord.

    felipe (023cc9)

  14. I agree with Felipe. It’s not a bad thing and I can’t see any way to describe it as a bad thing. It’s also not a huge game changer (without Hamas, there isn’t real progress, but that’s because Hamas is impossible to work with). I’ll wait and see.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  15. Good news. Hope it works out.

    Time123 (4e54b0)

  16. Noam Blum
    @neontaster
    ·
    Biden: The Obama administration deserves some of the credit for this historic achievement.

    Ben Rhodes: This is total bulls**t

    https://twitter.com/neontaster/status/1293981195102035973?s=20
    _

    lol
    _

    harkin (5af287)

  17. Nothing hurts Iran’s foreign policy more than countries normalizing relations with Israel, working with Israel.

    Actually, Iran is a big driver of this. If you are one of the Gulf States, or Saudi Arabia, then you are terrified with how Iran has been acting. Meanwhile you have Israel, who has zero interest in doing anything bad to your country, is closely allied to the U.S., and a regional military power. For someone like the UAE, it is a no-brainer.

    Bored Lawyer (56c962)

  18. Sean Ono Lennon
    @seanonolennon

    Hooray for the Peace deal between Israel and UAE! Wait…what? Trump negotiated it? I meant Boooo! I hate peace, peace is bad! Us dems have always been against peace deals right? Yeah that’s the ticket.

    https://twitter.com/seanonolennon/status/1294044541411102720?s=20
    _

    The woke mob are not taking this well. Wonder if any of them objected to pallets of cash to terrorism sponsors.
    __

    harkin (5af287)

  19. harkin,

    I appreciate the messages you share from Twitter. I don’t use it, but sometimes it’s illuminating to see how others are using it.

    norcal (a5428a)

  20. Actually, Iran is a big driver of this. If you are one of the Gulf States, or Saudi Arabia, then you are terrified with how Iran has been acting. Meanwhile you have Israel, who has zero interest in doing anything bad to your country, is closely allied to the U.S., and a regional military power. For someone like the UAE, it is a no-brainer.

    Bored Lawyer (56c962) — 8/13/2020 @ 5:59 pm

    I’m sure you are right. Iran’s government’s job #1 is just to stay in power and their method is is belligerence.

    But this is probably a bad day for those guys. Of course regime change in Iran would solve Hamas and a host of other problems, but if Iraq didn’t work out that seems hopeless. It’s a shame.

    Dustin (4237e0)

  21. “The woke mob are not taking this well. Wonder if any of them objected to pallets of cash to terrorism sponsors.”

    It’s so bad the guy didn’t even give an example.

    Davethulhu (ed5cbb)

  22. The problem with regime is who you replace them with, this is why the events of 200o were so sad.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  23. Don’t be fooled, comrades. This is not amity. It is common self-interest. Both Israel and the sheikh-emir-sultans have the same goal. To keep the Arab population in the 19th century, poor, ignorant, and technologically backward. The sheikh-emir-sultans in order to maintain their wealth and power, and Israel in order to maintain its military superiority.

    nk (1d9030)

  24. Thats what the arabs have done for the 70 years never integrating the palestinians their supposed brethren.

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  25. 18…wasnt John a closet Reagan supporter or at least had some good things to say?

    http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2011/06/john-lennon-reagan-democrat/352312/

    urbanleftbehind (78bfa2)

  26. “The woke mob are not taking this well. Wonder if any of them objected to pallets of cash to terrorism sponsors.”

    It’s so bad the guy didn’t even give an example.

    Davethulhu (ed5cbb) — 8/13/2020 @ 7:56 pm

    Psst. Ben Rhodes quote just 2 posts earlier. You know, the guy who said leftist reporters are all 20-something know nothings who will just repeat whatever a leftist politician spoon feeds them.

    That guy.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  27. This guy bridged the gap from far right to far left

    https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Fran%C3%A7ois_Genoud

    Bolivar di griz (7404b5)

  28. “Psst. Ben Rhodes quote just 2 posts earlier. You know, the guy who said leftist reporters are all 20-something know nothings who will just repeat whatever a leftist politician spoon feeds them.”

    Psst. Ben Rhodes isn’t saying the deal is bad.

    Davethulhu (ed5cbb)

  29. Trump Card.

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  30. That’s one way to spin Ben’s words. Not a truthful way, but acceptable for what he’d say when he lied to the media and got them to say it was the truth.

    NJRob (eb56c3)

  31. @18

    I think you missed the sarcasm in Sean Ono Lennon’s Twitter post. He meant it as a criticism of the woke mob.

    Bored Lawyer (56c962)

  32. This is just a sliver of the Sunni vs. Shia fight that has plagued the Middle East for centuries. The Arab countries are coming around and figuring out that Israel is a common enemy of Iran, hence now an ally.

    The Arab nations are not really fans of the Palestinians and their cause, either, other than to distract their people from their misfortunes at home.

    Hoi Polloi (093fb9)

  33. Tlaib claims that Israel imposes apartheid on the Palestinians. I say hell yes. Palestinians are feral subhuman scum, who need to be walked off from civilization.

    John Cunningham (6a63d7)


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