Trump lands victory with UAE-Israel deal amid bipartisan support

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WASHINGTON--A US-brokered deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalise relations received broad support from Western nations, including rare bipartisan support in Washington.

The landmark accord — which would make the UAE just the third Arab country to forge a peace treaty with Israel — was praised by American allies in Europe and the Middle East as well as by prominent lawmakers across the board at home, giving US President Donald Trump a needed diplomatic success at a time of domestic turmoil.

Trump announced the deal, which followed weeks of intensive negotiations spearheaded by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, after a three-way phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. He described it as a “huge breakthrough” between the US’s “two great friends” and said that more Arab and Muslim countries could follow suit.

Once finalised, the deal will see the UAE and Israel, which have quietly been building ties for years, establish full diplomatic relations, including the exchange of embassies and ambassadors and cooperation in tourism, education, healthcare, trade and security sectors, Trump told reporters. Israel, in turn, has agreed to hold back on its planned annexation of areas of the West Bank, which had drawn fierce backlash from some international and Arab partners and jeoparidised a potential US-backed roadmap for peace with the Palestinians.

The UAE had been a vocal critic of Israel’s annexation plan and seems to have leveraged the normalisation deal to convince Tel Aviv to reconsider, at least for now. In June, UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba wrote a historic op-ed in an Israeli newspaper urging the Israeli government not to go forward with its annexation designs, which he warned would “upend Israeli aspirations for improved security, economic and cultural ties with the Arab world.”

US politicians and analysts described the UAE-Israel deal as a major victory for US foreign policy that had opened the door for a new era of Middle East politics.

“Trump is right. The Israel-UAE agreement is a huge achievement,” wrote David Ignatius in the liberal Washington Post. “…For once, Trump didn’t need to manufacture any superlatives.”

Even Former Vice President Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive challenger in the 2020 presidential election, acknowledged that the agreement was a “historic step,” though he was careful not to credit Trump with the achievement.

“Today, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have taken a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East,” Biden said in a statement. “The UAE’s offer to publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship.”

The deal “builds on the efforts of multiple administrations to foster a broader Arab-Israeli opening, including the efforts of the (former President Barack) Obama-Biden administration to build on the Arab Peace Initiative,” Biden added.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who worked extensively on Middle East peace issues under former President Barack Obama, including on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, agreed that the deal is a “welcome step” and said the Emirati leadership should be praised for their diplomacy.

“The UAE, @MohamedBinZayed, and Amb. Al Otaiba deserve credit for their historic initiative to normalize relations with Israel in return for Israel foregoing annexation,” wrote Kerry on Twitter. “This is a welcome step that builds on years of work to advance regional peace.

He added: “For now, it saves the Trump Admin from the blunder of promoting West Bank annexation, and leaves open prospects for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on a two state solution, realizing the ultimate vision of a lasting peace between Israel and all its neighbors.”

The Emiratis’ normalisation with Israel could pave the way for other Arab and Muslim countries, such as Bahrain and Oman, to strike similar accords. If this happens, Trump will have even more foreign policy clout as he battles to keep his position in November.

Stephen Quillen is an Arab Weekly correspondent in Tunis.

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