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August 13, 2020

Trump Announces "Historic Peace Agreement" Between Israel and the United Arab Emirates; Agreement Includes Full Normalization of Relations

This puts a bullet in the head of the Arab embargo against Israel. Sure, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have been cooperating (a lot!) with Israel for years, but that was covert. An open secret, to be sure, but not acknowledged officially.

With this peace agreement, the UAE officially recognizes Israel and promises to "fully normalize" all relations -- including economic relations. Including direct flights to Israel.

Good news.

President Trump on Thursday announced what he called a "Historic Peace Agreement" between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, saying they agreed to "full normalization of relations."


"HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

The president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed released a joint statement Thursday, after the three spoke "and agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates." The statement said that the "diplomatic breakthrough" was at "the request of President Trump," and that Israel will "suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President's Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world."

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Delegations from Israel and the UAE are expected to meet in the coming weeks to "sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit."

Trump made a statement about it from the Oval Office at 11:30.


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