Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached a historic peace agreement that will see the Gulf power normalize diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
The agreement, mediated by the United States, would mean that the UAE would only become the third Arab state to have full diplomatic ties with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan.
“BIG breakthrough today! Historic peace agreement between our two BIG friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates! ", Said US President Donald Trump on Twitter.
The UAE, a solid US ally, has stepped up its intelligence and security cooperation with Israel in recent years, as both have common goals in countering Iran's influence in the region and combating Islamic extremism.
Under Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince and UAE's de facto leader, the Gulf state has pursued an increasingly assertive foreign policy throughout the Middle East that has barely concealed its budding ties to Israel.
The UAE move will be a significant victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who regularly says his success in improving Israel's relations with Arab states that were once sworn enemies.
As part of the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend annexing parts of the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu had promised to annex areas of Palestinian territory when he campaigned last year, but the process stalled in recent weeks.