Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reached a historic peace agreement that will lead to the complete normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern countries. This was announced on Thursday, August 13, in a joint statement by leaders of Israel, the UAE and the United States.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech at a press conference noted that the extension of Israeli sovereignty over parts of the West Bank “will only be carried out in close coordination with the U.S.. In addition, he mentioned the plans for the annexation of Jewish settlement enclaves in this territory.
“When I announced the extension of sovereignty (in the West Bank – Ed.), you told me that I would not be able to make peace with any Arab state on such terms. And look, there is no change in my programme for the extension of sovereignty. And I promise you, there will be no change. The annexation plans remain on our desktops,” Netanyahu said.
According to representatives of the White House, the agreement was the result of long trilateral negotiations, which have intensified recently, reports the Haaretz.
U.S. President Donald Trump called the agreement “a huge breakthrough” on Twitter, describing it as “a historic peace agreement between our two great friends.
Representatives of the National Liberation Movement of Palestine (Fatah) and the Palestinian “Islamic Resistance Movement” (Hamas) have already rejected the agreement, called it illegitimate and said they would continue to fight against the occupation.