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US News "New era", "historic step", "betrayal" ... Reactions to the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

01:05  14 august  2020
01:05  14 august  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates !" The president, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed

Israel and the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) have reached a historical peace agreement with support from the U.S. The agreement was sealed in a phone call between Trump, Israeli Israel and the UAE will also expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment and the development of a

La mairie de Tel Aviv, en Israël, aux couleurs du drapeau des Émirats arabes unis, le 13 août 2020. © AMMAR AWAD / REUTERS The town hall of Tel Aviv, in Israel, in the colors of the flag of United Arab Emirates, August 13, 2020.

The United Arab Emirates and Israel agreed on Thursday August 13 to normalize their relations as part of a landmark deal brokered by the United States. Here are the main reactions.

normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries of the Middle East will have the effect of "postponing" Israeli plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank. For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "today a new era begins in relations between Israel and the Arab world" , argued Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A donors' conference organized by the UN and France "for the future" of Lebanon

 A donors' conference organized by the UN and France © Brendan Smialowski, AFP The UN and France are co-organizing, on August 9, 2020, a videoconference of donors to come in aid to Lebanon The videoconference of support for Lebanon, organized on Sunday by the UN and France, should mark the beginning of an "emergency and hope for the future" of the country, said on Saturday the 'Elysium.

Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates !” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. Israel and the UAE also said they will continue their efforts to “achieve a just, comprehensive and enduring resolution to the Israeli -Palestinian conflict.”

Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates ! A joint statement issued by the three nations said the three leaders had “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates .”

"In 1979 (Menachem) Begin signed peace with Egypt, in 1994 (Yitzhak) Rabin signed with Jordan and I have the merit of signing in 2020 the third peace agreement with an Arab country. This is a real peace deal, not a slogan, ", triumphant Netanyahu said in a televised address.

For their part, United Arab Emirates assured that the normalization agreement was a "bold step" which will achieve "a two state solution" for the Palestinian people.

"Most countries will see this as a bold step towards achieving a two-state solution, giving time for negotiations," , Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said at a press conference in during which he added that the two countries would open embassies in "not long" .

This is a "dramatic breakthrough" , commented US President Donald Trump, calling this normalization "a historic peace agreement between our two great friends" .

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

 Normalization between Israel and the Emirates: a © Provided by Le Point 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.

“Today’s normalization agreement between Israel and the Emirates holds similar potential and the promise for a better day for the entire region,” he said. The White House announcement came several weeks after Mr. Netanyahu announced a new partnership with the U.A.E. to cooperate in the fight

Leaders in Israel and the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ) have agreed to normalize relations between the two countries and pledged to take a number of steps to strengthen diplomatic Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates !” Trump tweeted.

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- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020

US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo also referred to an " historic day " and a " decisive step towards peace in the Middle East ". "The United States hopes this bold step will be the first in a series of agreements ending 72 years of hostilities in the region," , added Pompeo.

"A blank check" for Hamas

The normalization agreement "does not serve the Palestinian cause" and constitutes an "blank check" for the continuation of "the occupation" by the Hebrew state, denounced the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip .

“This agreement is rejected and condemned. It does not serve the Palestinian cause but is seen as a continuation of the denial of the rights of the Palestinian people, ”, Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem told AFP.

Reminder of the Palestinian ambassador in Abu Dhabi

The Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas has described as "betrayal" of the Palestinian cause the normalization agreement, called for an "emergency meeting" of the League Arab to denounce him and also summoned “immediately” his ambassador to Abu Dhabi.

Peace agreement between Israel and the Emirates: "A historic step" in the region according to Berlin

 Peace agreement between Israel and the Emirates: © AFP / POOL / FABRIZIO BENSCH Heiko Maas on August 13. On Friday August 14, the German Minister of Finance described the peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as "an important contribution to peace in the region". German Foreign Minister , Heiko Maas, ruled on Friday August 14 that the agreement to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates was an important contribution to peace in the region.

On Thursday, Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to fully normalize relations—a “ The United States hopes that this brave step will be the first in a series of agreements that ends 72 “Today’s normalization agreement between Israel and the Emirates holds similar potential and the

Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates !” Speaking in the Oval Office, the president said the United States is a party to the agreement , helping to get the two countries talking as part of the Middle East peace effort led by his

The Palestinian leadership "refuses this exchange between a suspension of illegal annexation against the normalization of relations with the Emirates which is at the expense of the Palestinians" , added Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who also spoke to the phone with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.

Relations between the Mahmoud Abbas camp, in power in the West Bank, and the Islamites of Hamas, who control the Gaza Strip, are said to be strained, but Palestinian leaders have agreed that “all sections of (Palestinian) society are 'united to reject normalization' , a source within Hamas told AFP.

"A two-state solution"

Aymane Safadi, Jordanian foreign minister has neither welcomed nor rejected the agreement. He claimed that his future would depend on the next actions of Israel, which must put an end to "its illegal enterprise" of occupation of territories, which undermines peace efforts, as well as "its human rights violations of the Palestinians ”. Mr. Safadi called on Israel to engage "in active, direct and meaningful peace negotiations on the basis of a two-state solution" .

Israeli settlers denounce the abandonment of the annexation of part of the West Bank

 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.

Israel remains committed to annexing parts of the West Bank, a senior Israeli official says. “The Trump administration asked to temporarily suspend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweets out “ Historic Day,” alongside Trump’s tweet announcing the agreement for Israel and the UAE to normalize ties.

The United Arab Emirates has become the first Gulf Arab country to reach a deal on normalising relations with Israel , capping years of discreet contacts between the two Here is how other nations - and the various stakeholders in the Israeli -Palestinian conflict - reacted to the Israel - UAE deal

Jordan is the second Arab country after Egypt to sign a peace treaty with Israel in 1994. Just over half of the kingdom's population is of Palestinian origin. Earlier this year, after US President Donald Trump gave the green light to Israel's annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank and settlements, King Abdullah II warned of "a major conflict" if the annexation project was implemented.

Towards "Achieving Peace in the Middle East"

Bahrain praised the deal brokered by the United States. “The kingdom welcomes the diplomatic efforts of the United Arab Emirates. This historic step will contribute to strengthening stability and peace in the region ", the state news agency, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

"I have followed with attention the tripartite communiqué of the United States, the brother state of the United Arab Emirates and Israel on stopping the annexation of the Palestinian territories by Israel" , tweeted the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, welcoming “a step” towards “achievement of peace in the Middle East” . "I appreciate the efforts of the architects of this agreement for the prosperity and stability of our region" , added Mr. Sissi, whose country is a signatory, also under the tutelage of Washington, of the first peace treaty with the Hebrew state in 1979.

The head of British diplomacy, Dominic Raab, welcomed the agreement in a statement. “This is a historic step which sees the normalization of relations between two great friends of the United Kingdom… In the end, there is no substitute for direct negotiations between the Palestinians and Israel, only solution to achieve a two-state solution and a lasting peace ", said Mr. Raab. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden praised the" historic " agreement to normalize relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel . "Israel and the United Arab Emirates have taken a historic step to erase deep divisions in the Middle East," , the former vice president of Barack Obama said from his home state of Delaware.

The Palestinian factions are united against the Israel-Emirates peace agreement .
© ABBAS MOMANI / AFP At the initiative of Jibril Rajoub, at the head of the central committee of Fatah, the leaders of Fatah, but also of Hamas and of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad were united against the Israel-UAE peace agreement. Almost a week before the agreement to normalize ties between the UAE and Israel, Palestinian factions are united to denounce it and determine a response strategy. From our correspondent in Ramallah, Alice Froussard In Gaza, Hamas was organizing demonstrations.

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