India Normalization between Israel and the Emirates: a "historic day", says Netanyahu (tweet)

23:05  13 august  2020
23:05  13 august  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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The normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates , announced Thursday in a surprise manner by the US President Donald Trump is a "historic day", responded Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu .

"Yom histori" ("historic day"), wrote in Hebrew on Twitter Mr. Netanyahu commenting on the declaration of the US president on a normalization of relations between the Emirates and Israel, which was also part of his project peace for the Middle East.

The Israeli Prime Minister will also speak at 8:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. GMT), his services confirmed to AFP, in order to further comment on this announcement from Washington, which felt like an electric shock in the Middle East.

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In recent years, Israel has developed informal cooperation with regional economies such as Bahrain, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia with which it seeks to normalize its relations.

In the past, this normalization was closely linked to the peace process with the Palestinians, which was to serve as a bridge to relations with the Arab world and more broadly Muslim. But for Mr. Netanyahu, it is rather normalization with Arab countries that will push the Palestinians to a peace agreement with Israel.

"The Israeli and world left has always said that you cannot make a peace agreement with the Arab countries without peace with the Palestinians (...) For the first time in history, Benjamin Netanyahu broke this paradigm ", reacted his party, the Likud.

US President Donald Trump presented his Middle East peace project last January, which included the annexation by Israel of parts of the occupied West Bank.

And the government of Israeli unity had started in July to study the procedure to follow to implement this project, part of the political class fearing that a unilateral annexation, without preliminary talks with the Palestinians, would lead to more violence.

The announcement of normalization with the United Arab Emirates allows "to avoid" a "unilateral annexation", commented on Twitter the head of Israeli diplomacy Gabi Ashkenazi, member of the centrist party Blue White.

08/13/2020 18:57:12 - Jerusalem (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

Israeli settlers denounce the abandonment of the annexation of part of the West Bank .
© HAZEM BADER / AFP An Israeli police car at the entrance to the Otniel settlement (illustrative image). This is one of the consequences of the agreement announced Thursday between Israel and the United Arab Emirates for a normalization of their relations: the Israeli government gives up annexing parts of the West Bank, in accordance with a campaign promise by Benyamin Netanyahu.

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