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Israel reaches historic agreement to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates and suspends annexation of the West Bank

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, last January in Washington.Brendan McDermid / Reuters

In a coup with unpredictable consequences for the future of the Middle East, Israel on Thursday reached an agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish diplomatic relations with Donald Trump’s medication. The president of the United States was the first to announce it through Twitter, describing the understanding as a “huge turn” and “historic peace agreement between two great friends. [de EE UU]”.

In exchange for achieving the normalization of relations with a third state in the Arab world, after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994), Israel renounces the partial annexation of the West Bank foreseen in the White House peace plan. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to make public in the next few minutes the content of a joint statement with the United Arab Emirates in which both countries commit to “a complete normalization of relations” to “advance towards peace in the region.” The understanding also provides that Muslims can visit the Al Aqsa Mosque, in the Old City of Jerusalem, on direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Israel. Israel and the United Arab Emirates have reached an agreement on Thursday to fully normalize their diplomatic relations.

The pact, called Abraham, is the result of long talks between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States and was concluded this Thursday in a telephone conversation between Trump; the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; and the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Bin Zayed.