Breaking news: President Trump has landed his greatest foreign policy achievement thus far as he moves to dismantle rising tensions in the Middle East. You might be thinking, “we’ve heard this before. The Middle Eastern countries always make agreements, but they quickly break them.” However, this deal is sure to be a long-lasting breakthrough in the quest for peace in the war-torn region.
On Thursday, President Trump revealed at the White House that he brokered a landmark peace deal between the state of Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The President said this is the first deal reached “since the Israel-Jordan peace treaty was signed more than 25 years ago.” This is the first time UAE has recognized Israel as a sovereign state, and establishes diplomatic/economic relations with the Israelis, according to Reuters.
To achieve peace between the two nations, the deal stops Israel’s plans to annex the West Bank territories, gives Muslims more access to historic sites in Israel, and allows Muslims to peacefully pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Trump said at the White House, “By uniting two of America’s closest and most capable partners in the region, something some say could not be done, this deal is a significant step toward building a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous middle east,” the President continued, “Now that the ice has been broken I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates lead,” to “normalize relations with Israel.”
Trump posted a joint statement between the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates on Twitter detailing what the deal accomplishes.
Joint Statement of the United States, the State of Israel, and the United Arab Emirates pic.twitter.com/oVyjLxf0jd
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020
Israeli Prime Minister, Bibi Netanyahu, and the Crown Prince of UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, retweeted the joint statement and expressed mutual gratification with the deal.
The statement outlines specific actions to take place between the countries. The first is, “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.”
To save Muslim, Jewish, and Christian lives throughout the region, the countries will also, “immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.”
Israel and UAE “will join with the United States to launch a Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation,” the statement reads.
Trump teased during his announcement that more good deals could be stirring in the Middle East: “Things are happening that I can’t talk about, but they’re extremely positive,” he said.
Under the wing of the United States, hopefully, the two countries will keep up their ends of the deal to promote peace in the region and bring others to the table.