On the evening of August 13 local time, in order to celebrate the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the exterior wall of Tel Aviv City Hall was lit with the color of the UAE flag.
the statement said that after three-party talks, crown prince Muhammad of Abu Dhabi of the United Arab Emirates, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President trump reached an agreement on the same day, agreeing to realize the full normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
the joint statement of the three parties said that this “historic diplomatic breakthrough” will promote peace in the Middle East. The two countries will sign an agreement in the next few weeks, covering investment, tourism, direct flights, security, and mutual establishment of embassies.
the statement said that at Trump’s “request” and with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend the “implementation of sovereignty” over the region mentioned in the “New Middle East peace plan” of the United States, and will focus on expanding its relations with other Arab and Islamic countries.
Netanyahu said in a television speech that night that Israel’s plan to exercise sovereignty over some parts of the West Bank will not change, and trump only asked Israel to “suspend” the implementation of the plan.
trump wrote on social media that the agreement was a “great breakthrough.”. He told media at the White House that Israel and the United Arab Emirates will formally sign an agreement at the White House in the coming weeks.
the State Minister for foreign affairs of the United Arab Emirates said that Israel’s commitment to freeze the annexation of Palestinian land was an important diplomatic achievement. The UAE called on Israel and Palestine to resume direct negotiations, “only Palestine and Israel can reach a permanent and sustainable solution to the Palestinian Israeli conflict”.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement on the same day, “strongly rejecting and condemning” the agreement, believing that it was a “violation of the Palestinian people.”. The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) also condemned the agreement, saying it “encourages the occupiers to continue to deprive the Palestinian people of their rights” and “weakens the resistance (of the Arab world)”.
in April this year, the Likud group of Israel and the blue white party signed a coalition government agreement. According to the agreement, Israel will promote the “implementation of sovereignty” over Jewish settlements in the Jordan Valley and the West Bank under the so-called “New Middle East peace plan” of the United States from July 1, covering about 30% of the West Bank. This plan has been widely opposed by the United Nations, the European Union and Arab countries. On June 30, Netanyahu hinted that Israel might not implement the annexation plan as scheduled.