UAE, Israel to normalize relations in White House ceremony

Last week an Arab League ministerial meeting failed to adopt a Palestinian draft condemning the UAE-Israel normalisation agreement

Last week an Arab League ministerial meeting failed to adopt a Palestinian draft condemning the UAE-Israel normalisation agreement

The US president at times during the Oval Office sessions appeared to, nearly all at once, issue warnings and court Palestinian leaders.

Speaking to military correspondents on a wide variety of topics, Gantz stresses that the deal - which he was not informed of until after it had been brokered by his political rival Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump - was an overwhelmingly positive development for Israel and its situation in the region.

Under the Abraham Accord, Prime Minister Netanyahu has agreed to halt plans to annex portions of the West Bank.

"This is a great turning point in the history of Israel and in the history of the Middle East".

Gargash also hailed the presence of the United States as a mediator of the UAE's deal to mend relations with Israel, which he said, assured him that the suspension of further annexation of Palestinian lands will hold.

Another target is Oman, whose leader spoke with Trump last week. But there was no word on whether the Saudis would attend.

Meeting the Emirati foreign minister before the ceremony, Trump thanked the UAE for being first in the Gulf to agree to ties with Israel and left little doubt the Iran issue was overhanging the event. Though the mood of the ceremony is expected to be warm, it will be up to the leaders whether they want to shake hands, the official told reporters. Tehran has shown no sign of budging.

He notes that while normalizing ties with faraway countries was undoubtedly a good thing, it was "also important to make peace with our neighbors" and calls for renewing diplomatic efforts with the Palestinians.

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A Bahraini delegation is expected to join Israeli and UAE officials in Washington, DC on Tuesday for the formal signing of normalization treaties between Israel and UAE, and Israel and Bahrain.

Netanyahu denies any wrongdoing and describes his trial as a left-wing political witch-hunt aimed at unseating a popular right-wing leader.

In a nod to the coronavirus that has hit the USA and the world, the White House is encouraging but not requiring the participants to wear masks.

Some differences remain despite warming ties. But Israel, which has the F-35, has made clear it still objects to such a sale.

"HISTORIC day for PEACE in the Middle East", tweeted Trump, trumpeting the imminent completion of "landmark deals that no one thought was possible".

Critics have called the UAE-Israel deal a "stab in the back" for Palestinians and a violation of the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, which calls for no relations with Israel until there's an independent Palestinian state and Jerusalem ends occupation in Palestinian territories.

The defense minister says that his ministry will work with the Pentagon to determine if and how such a sale would harm Israel's so-called "Qualitative Military Edge", which the U.S. is legally bound to maintain, and what could be done to maintain the Jewish state's superior capabilities.

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