What the Israel, UAE and Bahrain normalization deal means for the Middle East | DW News
O’Brien: following the UAE, relations with Israel will normalize other Arab countries
Israel hopes to sign an agreement with the UAE at a ceremony in Washington in September
US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser suggested Sunday that other Arab and Muslim countries would follow the example of the United Arab Emirates and normalize relations with Israel..
National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem ahead of talks in Abu Dhabi on Monday on Israel-UAE relations..
On August 13, Israel and the UAE announced the establishment of official relations under an agreement brokered by Washington. This diplomatic move is rebuilding the current state of affairs in the Middle East in various aspects – from the Palestinian issue to relations with Iran..
“We believe that other Arab and Muslim countries will soon follow the example of the United Arab Emirates and normalize relations with Israel,” O’Brien told reporters after talks at the Netanyahu residence..
He did not name these states, but Israeli officials did publicly mention Oman, Bahrain and Sudan..
The Palestinians condemned the UAE’s decision, seeing in it a rejection of the policy of linking official relations with Israel with the establishment of Palestinian statehood in the territory captured by Israel in 1967 during the war..
Trump administration is trying to persuade other Sunni Arab countries that share Israel’s concerns over Iran to join the regional peace movement.
Kushner said the agreement with the UAE was a “giant step forward” in this direction.
“Being able to play a role in his appearance – and I say this as the grandson of two Holocaust survivors – means more to me and my family than I can express,” said Kushner.
Kushner, O’Brien and other US officials will join the Israeli delegation on Monday on the first flight of Israel’s commercial airline El Al to the UAE.
Speaking on Israeli public radio Kan, Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Ophir Akunis said Israel hopes to hold an agreement signing ceremony with the UAE in Washington by mid-September..
In the West Bank, Palestine Liberation Organization executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi said Kushner and his team are “trying to persuade as many Arab and Muslim leaders as possible” to come to the White House to sign the agreement, thereby strengthening Trump’s position ahead of the November 3 presidential election..
“They will become the backdrop against the backdrop of a senseless performance staged for the sake of a ridiculous agreement that will not bring peace to the region,” Ashrawi said.
On Saturday, the UAE announced an end to the economic boycott of Israel. Representatives of the two countries said they are exploring opportunities for cooperation in the fields of defense, medicine, agriculture, tourism and technology..
Netanyahu told reporters that lifting the “anachronistic boycott” opened the door for “unlimited” trade, tourism and investment..
Reports published by the UAE and Israel on Sunday said that the UAE Minister of State and Israel’s Agriculture Minister, in a telephone conversation Friday, “promised to cooperate on food and water security projects.”.
The UAE imports roughly 80-90 percent of the food it needs and in recent years has actively encouraged investment in agricultural technology and agricultural land overseas.