Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly met the Saudi Crown Prince inside the Kingdom over the weekend to discuss a series of issues including the normalization of diplomatic ties and the growing Iranian threat.
“Mr. Netanyahu made the secret trip on Sunday evening to the seaside corner of northwest Saudi Arabia to join U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meeting with Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Yossi Cohen, the director of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, accompanied the Israeli prime minister, according to Israel’s Army Radio,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
“The leaders discussed several issues, including normalization of ties and Iran, but no substantial agreements were reached, one of the senior Saudi advisers familiar with the talks told The Wall Street Journal. He said the meeting lasted a couple of hours,” adds the WSJ.
“We support the efforts aimed at bringing peace to the Middle East through negotiations with the Palestinian and Israeli sides to reach a just and lasting peace,” said the Prince earlier this month.
Read the full report at the Wall Street Journal.
HISTORY MADE: Trump Brokers Historic Agreement Between Israel and United Arab Emirates
President Trump brokered a historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates this week; announcing both countries will formally normalize all relations and establish embassies and direct flights.
“Today we usher in a new era of peace between Israel and the Arab world,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “There is a good chance we will soon see more Arab countries joining this expanding circle of peace.”
Washington Post’s David Ignatius calls the historic peace agreement between Israel and UAE “a significant achievement for Israel, for the UAE, and the United States.”
This is a HUGE deal – the first between Israel and a major Arab nation in over 25 years! pic.twitter.com/qmU2rylcHF
— Trump War Room – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@TrumpWarRoom) August 14, 2020
“The agreement brokered by [Trump] 4 the UAE 2establish full normalization of relations with Israel, in return for the Jewish state forgoing, for now, any annexation of the West Bank, was exactly what Trump said it was in his tweet: a “HUGE breakthrough.” https://t.co/rkgTjW8pRw
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) August 14, 2020
“Now that the ice has been broken I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates,” said President Trump at the White House.
Historic ‘Abraham Accord’ Peace Agreement Reached Between Israel, United Arab Emirates
In a historic announcement few ever thought they would see in their lifetime, a Middle East Peace deal has been reached. Taking to Twitter today to publicize the news, President Trump announced: “HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!” The action will be known as the “Abraham Accord” named for the “father of all three great faiths.”
A joint statement was released between President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed. The statement read that after the three leaders spoke, they “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”
In the statement, the entirety of which was posted on President Trump’s Twitter account, it was noted that the “diplomatic breakthrough” was due to “the request of President Trump.” Specifications of the deal include Israel will “suspend declaring sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”
Attention was given to the global coronavirus pandemic: “The United Arab Emirates and Israel will immediately expand and accelerate cooperation regarding the treatment of and the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.” Furthermore, Israel and the United Arab Emirates will join with the United States to launch a Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation.”