BREAKING: Trump Brokers Historic Peace Deal Between Israel & United Arab Emirates
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President Donald Trump has made history – again – after his administration helped broker a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which he announced Thursday.
“Our vision is one of peace, security, and prosperity—in this region, and in the world. Our goal is a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism and providing our children a hopeful future that does honor to God,” the president said, according to a White House statement announcing the deal.
This is the first formal peace and cooperation agreement between Israel and a major Arab nation since 1994 when the Clinton administration managed to hammer out a deal between Israel and Jordan. Before then, the Israelis signed a peace agreement with Egypt in 1979.
So in all, the Jewish state only has formal relations and agreements with three Middle East countries, which further emphasizes just how special (and rare) the UAE deal really is.
“This historic diplomatic 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,” said a joint statement.
“All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement,” the statement noted further.
"Opening direct ties between two of the Middle East's most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by spurring economic growth, enhancing technological innovation, and forging closer people-to-people relations," the president said in the Oval Office, the Jerusalem Post reported.
He added that "many more countries” in the region are in the process of normalizing ties with Israel, as well as “some very exciting things including, ultimately with the Palestinians.”
“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,” the White House added in a press release.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the agreement “a significant step forward for peace in the Middle East.”
“After vigorous diplomatic outreach, President Trump, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed, signed an agreement to fully normalize relations,” he said.
“This is a remarkable achievement for two of the world’s most forward leaning, technologically advanced states, and reflects their shared regional vision of an economically integrated region. It also illustrates their commitment to confronting common threats, as small — but strong — nations,” Pompeo noted further.
“Today’s normalization agreement between Israel and the Emirates holds similar potential and the promise for a better day for the entire region,” he noted further. “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
The U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said “the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE will make Israel stronger and safer and will likely lead to additional exciting opportunities and incremental prosperity for Israel, its neighbors, and the entire region.”
Trump also said that the Iranians want to make a deal with the U.S. as well, but they are waiting for a Democratic administration "because that would be like a dream” for them.