WW3: Trump’s Israel peace agreement to give UAE more ammunition - Palestine furious

Elias Hubbard
September 16, 2020

News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell insisted in her reporting on Tuesday evening that the Abraham Accords signed by Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain don't amount to "Middle East peace". "What Israel gets, the most important thing Israel gets, is peace".

Prior to the ceremony, President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fielded questions separately from reporters in the Oval Office.

"Jared Kushner will have done more for peace in the Middle East than anyone in 30 years", wrote the superstar entertainer on Twitter. "We're here this afternoon to change the course of history".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, however, said after a meeting with Netanyahu in late August that Washington is committed to preserving Israel's military edge in the Middle East, even under future arms deals with other states.

"We love Israel", he concluded, "and I have great respect for the countries that have stepped up".

The president said the accord "will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region".

"I think we had a very good breakthrough". They've been fighting for a long time....

In a statement, it called for Friday to be considered "a day of mourning in which black flags are raised in all squares, buildings and homes".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said she welcomed Tuesday's agreements, but urged a renewed commitment to the two-state solution. "This is not a peace between leaders, but a peace among peoples".

In his remarks, Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif al-Zayani stressed the need for a "two-state" solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. "On the way to make peace for peace, peace through strength", Netanyahu tweeted before the ceremony. "First because this peace will eventually expand to include other Arab states, and ultimately, it can end the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all".

"As for us in the United Arab Emirates, this accord will enable us to continue to stand by the Palestinian people and realize their hopes for an independent state within a stable and prosperous region". "The search for peace is an innate principle, yet principles are effectively realized when they are transformed into action", he said.

"And in the West Bank and Jerusalem, the Israeli bulldozers continue to demolish Palestinian homes and ethnically cleanse the Palestinians out of their villages and cities on a daily basis", Essa told Al Jazeera.

All would require substantial reversals or concessions by Mr Netanyahu and the Israeli government.

"That's just the tip of the iceberg of Israeli crimes against the Palestinians, and the UAE and Bahrain somehow chose to reward Israel for these crimes by making agreements with it". Another is that UAE and Bahraini officials could lean on their Palestinian counterparts to return to the table.

Even the harshest critics have allowed that the agreements could usher in a major shift in the region should other Arab nations, particularly Saudi Arabia, follow suit, with implications for Iran, Syria and Lebanon. More recently, he's launched his own presidential campaign.

The accord brings the Gulf countries toward normalising relations with Israel in a strategic realignment of Middle Eastern countries against Iran.

"I would have no problem in selling them the F-35".

"The Abraham Accords show the world that Jews and Arabs can live, work and grow together in the Middle East."
"Some people do, they say, maybe they go to war". You're going to see a lot of very great activity. Signing off, the blogger from Abu Dhabi smiled broadly and said, "We will forget what happened before, we will open a new book and we will be brothers and friends forever Inshallah!" before winking out.

"This is a pivot of history", Netanyahu said as he took the podium following Trump. The present two peace agreements were reached - and signed - within a single month, a feat never before imagined or accomplished by another other leader. Then again, second-term USA presidents often secure their biggest foreign policy achievements after being re-elected.

If he wins in November, however, Mr Trump would learn Washington's "friendship" alone will not help foster Middle East peace.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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