United Arab Emirated and Israel strike historic deal to normalise relations

Vastavam web: The United Arab Emirates on Thursday said an agreement with Israel to normalise relations was done to deal with the threat that further annexation of Palestinian territories posed to the two-state solution. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday a US-brokered deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates represented a “historic day” for his country. The agreement, announced by US President Donald Trump, broke new ground in Israel’s outreach to Gulf Arab countries with a common fear of Iran’s regional influence.

“I will make a special announcement at 8 pm (1700 GMT) with more details about this historic day for the State of Israel,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter. A senior Israeli official said applying Israeli sovereignty to areas of the West Bank – territory Palestinians seek for a state along with Gaza and East Jerusalem – was still on the agenda. The United Arab Emirates said Thursday that its deal to normalise relations with Israel was “a bold step” to secure a two-state solution to the long-running Israel-Palestinian conflict.