“It is a historic day for peace”, said the tycoon who spoke from the balcony of the White House in front of a crowd of hundreds of guests with very few masks and no social distancing, “a new Middle East is born with an agreement that no one he thought it was possible and that it will soon be signed by five or six other Arab countries “.
The Omani ambassador to the USA was also present at the signing, Hunaina al-Mughairy, a country that, like Sudan and Morocco and perhaps even Saudi Arabia, could follow the other two Gulf countries and normalize relations with Israel.
The Israeli premier spoke at the ceremony in the South Lawn Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of the other two countries, respectively Abdullatif al-Zayani e Abdullah bin Zayed and the US president held bilateral meetings in the Oval office with all three before the ceremony.
The agreement between the Emirates and Israel mentions the 2-state solution as a part of reference to previous agreements. The Emirati foreign minister said so Anwar Gargash in a zoom briefing, picked up by the Israeli media. The suspension of Israel’s annexation of parts of the West Bank, he added, will put an end to the dangers of this solution.
Eventually, even the Palestinians “will come to a point where they want to join the peace agreement” with Israel, after the accession of other Arab states, US President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News on the eve of the signature. “We will have peace in the Middle East without this nonsense, this shooting everyone, killing everyone, this spilling blood on the sand,” he added.
On Twitter, announcing the imminent signature to the White House, he wrote: “Nobody thought it was possible”.
“It’s a success with all the trimmings”, assured David Makovsky, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, underlining that this agreement does not imply the same “risk” for Israelis as the one taken by Menahem Begin, “when he left Sinai” to Egypt, or and Yitzhak Rabin, who was killed for negotiating with the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
The Palestinian reaction: “We were stabbed in the back”
The “vision for peace” presented in January by Donald Trump to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is far from close to a turning point. The Palestinians denounced “having been stabbed in the back” by those countries that have come to terms with the Jewish state without waiting for the birth of a Palestinian state and have demonstrated today for what they call a “dark day” in world history. Arabic.
The Trump administration has always said it wants to shake up the region by bringing Israel closer to its Arab neighbors in a union of interests against Iran that, for the moment, relegates the Palestinian question to the background.
Two rockets fired from Gaza in southern Israel, two injured While a historic agreement was being signed in the US for the Middle East that will also change relations between Israel and Palestinians, anti-missile alarm sirens sounded in the Israeli areas north of the Strip of Gaza, in the cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod. According to the Israeli army, two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip – an enclave under the control of Hamas – towards Israel. One was intercepted but the second hit the city of Ashdod, between Tel-Aviv and the Gaza Strip. Local rescuers spoke of at least two minor injuries.
F-35 a knot still open
The issue of the F-35 remains open: ” Our request has been going on for a long time. We want to modernize our armed forces ”, said the Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Mohammed Gargash, during a press videoconference. Several Israeli security experts have expressed strong fears about the possible sale of American F-35s to the Emirates, claiming it could spark an arms race in the Middle East.
Netanyahu: “Salam Alaykum, this exciting day will bring the Arab-Israeli conflict to an end forever”
It is a “historic and exciting day for Israel” Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter, waiting to arrive at the White House to sign the peace agreement with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. “I’m going to make peace for peace, peace by force”, added Netanyahu, “To all the friends of Israel in the Middle East, how many are with us today and how many will join tomorrow, I say Salam Alaykum” said the prime minister. Benyamin Netanyahu, using Arabic to wish peace at the Washington ceremony. Netanyhu thanked US President Donald Trump for his “decisive leadership”. This is “a turning point in history, it brings a new dawn of peace,” he said, “this peace will extend to include other Arab states and ultimately lead to an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all.”
Trump’s diplomatic triumph
Per Trump the agreement is unquestionably a diplomatic triumph, which allows him to be accredited as a peacemaker and to boast a Nobel nomination seven weeks before the elections, while hoping to collect another success from the negotiations on Afghanistan. As the name of the agreements suggests, it is also a victory for his friend and ally Netanyahu, so far pursued by the controversy of the corruption trial and the postponement of the lockdown for the pandemic. The only price it pays is the suspension, not the renunciation, of the annexation of the West Bank.
“A two-state solution” is the appeal of the Bahraini Foreign Minister
During the ceremony, the Foreign Minister of Bahrain, Abdullatif al-Zayani, he appealed for a “two-state solution. ‘” What until recently was just a dream – he said – is a golden opportunity for peace, security and prosperity for the our region ”. “L’agreement today is an important first step and now it is up to us to “follow up on a agreement of Israeli-Palestinian peace, added the chief of diplomacy in Manama. “Today we have shown that such a path is possible and also realistic”.
Emirati Foreign Minister: “We will support the creation of an independent Palestinian state with greater force”
The normalization of relations with Israel will allow the Emirates United Arabs to support the Palestinians more strongly in the realization of their own independent state. This was stated by the Foreign Minister for Emirates at the ceremony for the signing of the Abrahamic Accords at the White House. Agreements that ” will allow us to stand by the Palestinian people and help them in their dream of an independent state, ” he said Abdullah bin Zayed |. Addressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abdullah “thanked him for having decided to put an end to the annexation of the Palestinian territories”. This’ ” is not a slogan we have coined for political gains, since everyone wants to create a prosperous future, ” Abdullah added.
Abu Mazen: “No peace in the Middle East as long as the Israeli occupation lasts”
After signing a Washington Abu Mazen said: “There will be no peace, security or stability for anyone in the region without the end of the occupation and without respect for the full rights of the Palestinian people”