So you have this Prime Minister who is politically cornered in a way where he really has to approach his right flank, the right wing in Israel. And the way he did it was to take that very aggressive attitude towards annexation. It`s very popular with the right. It is very popular with the settler movement. And he had decided that this would be his course. It would buy him a political artery. A2: There may be more agreements, but I expect them to be like this with countries that were not really at war with Israel. A senior UAE official recently told me that if Israel wanted peace, Israel could only be reached by an agreement with the Palestinians, which clearly would not normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Instead, it is a collapse of Arab solidarity on the Palestinian issue, which has existed for three quarters of a century. The deal gave Mr.
Trump a welcome breakthrough at a time when he faced a deadly pandemic and economic collapse at home amid a re-election competition that polls show was losing. Both Israel and the UAE, each for its own reasons, were happy to pay tribute to Mr. Trump, to advance their positions in Washington, and the President plans to hold a solemn signing ceremony at the White House in the coming weeks. First of all, he gets something that Israel has long wanted, which is to increase the list of its Arab neighbors who recognize him and have normal relations with him. From an Israeli point of view, it is extremely important to have the U.A.E. in its corner, because the U.A.E. has a great influence on Saudi Arabia. And Saudi Arabia is the big player in this area. It is the first Arab country in the Gulf. This is the country that Israel wants the most recognition of, most want to normalize relations. It`s on one side.
On the other hand, from the point of view of the United Arab Emirates, the key to this agreement is that Israel has agreed not to annex the occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank. If you recall, Prime Minister Netanyahu said he intended to de-trade these territories. A spokeswoman for the European Commission said the agreement was important to both Israel and the United Arab Emirates, as well as ensuring their stability. Meanwhile, Italy hoped that peace and stability would take place in the Middle East. He also said that Israel`s suspension of the annexation of part of the West Bank was positive and hoped that Israel would resume talks with the Palestinians for a two-state solution.  Spain expressed itself in the same way and welcomed the agreement.  Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE`s ambassador to the United States, issued a statement on 13 August in which he hailed the agreement as a «victory for diplomacy and for the region,» adding how it «reduces tensions and creates new energy for positive change.»   Aaron David Miller, a longtime Middle East peace negotiator who now works at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said the deal was a «win-win» deal, as it won diplomatic victories for the Emirates, Mr. Netanyahu and Mr. Trump. «The big losers are the Palestinians who have seen the Arab world move closer to Israel, which Netanyahu seems to reward for ignoring the Palestinians and harming the interests of the Palestinians,» he said.
Tomorrow, the Israeli Parliament will vote on the agreement to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates. A large majority will accept an extremely positive step towards the Israeli government`s objectives: the maintenance of its systematic violations of international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.