Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday announced that they will normalise diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship.
Under the agreement, which the United States of America President, Donald Trump, helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank.
According to nytimes.com, the agreement also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States of America view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East.
Israel had signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognise Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. The UAE becomes the first Gulf Arab country to reach such a deal with the Jewish state.
A joint statement said Trump, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, had agreed to the full normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The agreement, to be known as the Abraham Accords, also gives Trump a foreign policy accomplishment as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3.