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Netanyahu, UAE Crown Prince Plan Meeting as Knesset Seals Peace Deal

October 14, 2020

by: Kate Norman

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020 | Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke over the weekend with the United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to discuss upcoming meetings after the Israeli government finalizes approval of the peace deal.

On Monday, the Knesset (Parliament) unanimously voted in approval of the historic Abraham Accords peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Describing the Emirati prince as his friend, Netanyahu told the Cabinet on Monday: “I invited him to visit Israel. He invited me to visit Abu Dhabi.”

Even before those reciprocal visits, however, Netanyahu said a UAE delegation will visit Israel, and another Israeli delegation headed by Israel’s national security adviser will visit the Gulf state.

“I assure you that we will welcome the delegation from the UAE with the same warmth and the same great excitement as the Israeli delegation was welcomed in Abu Dhabi,” the prime minister said, referring to the groundbreaking visit of an Israeli delegation to the Arab state in August following the announcement of the landmark peace agreement a few weeks earlier.

The Israeli prime minister and the Emirati prince during the weekend phone call discussed their evolving cooperation in multiple areas, including technology, finance, tourism, investment and especially the fight against COVID-19.

“These agreements express the dramatic change that we have made in Israel’s status in the region,” Netanyahu told the Cabinet. “The Arab states want to make peace with us because they see how we have turned Israel into a major power…

“They understand that we can assist them in very many areas,” he continued. “they see that Israel is neither a burden nor an enemy—but a vital ally all the time, but especially now.”

Now the treaty only awaits ratification by Israel’s Cabinet before it is signed and sealed in the Jewish state. The agreement also awaits approval and ratification from Emirati lawmakers before it is official between the two nations.

An official peace treaty has yet to be inked with Bahrain, who entered the Abraham Accords later. Netanyahu assured the Cabinet that those agreements are being completed, “meaning that we will be making peace with two Arab states at the same time.”

The firstfruits of the peace between Abraham’s descendants arrived in Haifa’s port on Monday when a cargo ship from Dubai made its first journey from the Arab Gulf nation to the Jewish state. The MSC Paris made history as one of the first cargo ships to travel from the UAE to Israel’s northern port, carrying electronics, iron, firefighting equipment and cleaning supplies, according to Reuters.

Praising the newfound peace as a “very major geopolitical turning point,” Netanyahu said more Arab and Muslim countries will soon join hands with Israel.

Posted on October 14, 2020

Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 14, 2020)

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