- Israel has been at odds with the surrounding Arab states since its inception, with Egypt and Jordan the only other countries with which it has diplomatic relations
- Relations between Israel and the UAE have been strained since the 2010 assassination attempt on the military leader of Hamas
- There was no immediate comment from Israel or the UAE
The United Arab Emirates on Thursday became the first Arab country outside Jordan and Egypt to establish normalized relations with Israel. President Trump announced the breakthrough in the Middle East negotiations on Twitter.
Israel has had a long history of rocky relations with its neighbors in the Middle East since its creation in 1
Most recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calmed the region by announcing plans to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The agreement nods these plans.
There was no immediate comment from Israel or the UAE.
Trump announced the breakthrough in a tweet and posted the joint statement.
“Great breakthrough today! Historic peace agreement between … Israel and the United Arab Emirates! ” and Trump .
Relations between the UAE and Israel were strained in 2010 after the Confederation of Arab States accused Israel of assassinating the leader of the Hamas military wing, which was wanted by the Israeli government for kidnapping and killing two Israeli soldiers in 1989.
Although the UAE banned Israeli pastors from entering the country and had no formal economic or diplomatic ties with Israel, the UAE allows Israel to open a diplomatic office in Abu Dhabi in 2015, apparently to participate in the operations of the International Renewable Energy Agency.
"This historic diplomatic breakthrough will promote peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold leadership and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock it. great potential in the region, ”reads the joint statement issued by the United States, the UAE and Israel. "All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today's historic achievement."
The statement said that the US and UAE delegations will sign bilateral agreements in the coming weeks on investment, tourism, direct routes, security, telecommunications technology, energy, health care, culture, environment, diplomatic relations and other issues.
As part of the agreement, Israel agreed to "stop declaring sovereignty" over certain West Bank settlements.
Trump held his son-in-law Jared Kushner responsible for resolving the situation in the Middle East, but his initial efforts were met with lukewarm results and largely rejected by Palestinian leaders. No signatures appeared on the announcement made by Trump.