President Trump Helps Israel, UAE Reach Historic Peace Deal

( President Donald Trump helped broker an historic peace deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

Announced Thursday, the agreement will normalize diplomatic ties between the two Middle Eastern countries. Israel will suspend annexations they were planning in areas of the West Bank. The agreement also sees Israel, the UAE and the U.S. stating that Iran is the main threat to conflict in the region.

Before this agreement, the UAE didn’t recognize Israel. This meant it had no economic or diplomatic relations with the country.

The UAE is now the first Gulf Arab country that has reached an agreement with Israel. The only two other countries in the region to have a similar agreement are Egypt (forged in 1979) and Jordan (forged in 1994).

A joint statement was released Thursday announcing the agreement. It was released by Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu (the Israeli Prime Minister) and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed (the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi).

The statement said the three countries “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region.”

The agreement will now be known as the Abraham Accords. Following the agreement, Trump wrote on Twitter:

“HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”

Later on Thursday, the president said he was currently working on similar deals with other Middle Eastern countries.

Despite the agreement, a senior official with Israel said sovereignty for areas of the West Bank was still on the table. The official said: “The Trump administration asked us to temporarily suspend the (sovereignty) announcement so that the historic peace agreement with the UAE can be implemented.”

The UAE said it’d remain a supporter of Palestinian people. The agreement will help to maintain viability to a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Many Palestinians are hoping to create an independent state in the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

The deal could be a potential “nightmare” for Iran, as Brian Hook, President Trump’s special envoy, called it.

“This is an enormous, historic step forward,” Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State, said while on a tour of European countries. “Peace is the right path forward.”

A media outlet affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the Tasnim news agency, labeled the agreement as “shameful.” The Iranian government hasn’t issued an official statement yet.

With the agreement now reached, officials from both the UAE and Israel wil soon meet to sign related agreements on direct flights, tourism, security, investment, telecommunications, as well as other issues.

The countries are also expected to exchange embassies and ambassadors in the near future.

Trump praised the deal, saying:

“Everybody said this would be impossible. After 49 years, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will fully normalize their diplomatic relations. This deal is a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East. Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead.”