Netanyahu: UAE deal marks 'new era' for Israel and Arab world

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference in Jerusalem on August 13, 2020. - Israel and the UAE agreed to normalise relations in a landmark US-brokered deal, only the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab nation. The agreement, first announced by US President Donald Trump on Twitter, will see Israel halt its plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, according to the UAE.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a press conference in Jerusalem on August 13, 2020. - Israel and the UAE agreed to normalise relations in a landmark US-brokered deal, only the third such accord the Jewish state has struck with an Arab nation. The agreement, first announced by US President Donald Trump on Twitter, will see Israel halt its plan to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank, according to the UAE.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed "a new era" between Israel and the Arab world on Thursday following a historic US-brokered deal to normalize ties with the United Arab Emirates. 

The pact first announced by President Donald Trump includes an agreement from Israel to "suspend" its plans to annex Jewish settlements and territory in the occupied West Bank. 

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas voiced his "strong rejection and condemnation" of the deal called for an emergency meeting of the Arab League.

In a statement, Abbas called the deal an "aggression" against the Palestinian people and a "betrayal" of their cause, including their claim to Jerusalem as a capital of their future state.

Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, rejected the Israel-UAE pact as "a reward for the Israeli occupation and crimes" and said it "does not serve the Palestinian people".

Speaking after Trump's announcement, Netanyahu said he had agreed to delayed annexation plans, but that the project remained "on the table".

"I will never give up our rights to our land," the right-wing premier said. 

Netanyahu told a televised news conference: "Today a new era began in the relations between Israel and the Arab world."

Netanyahu, like many in the Jewish state, refers to the occupied West Bank as Judea and Samaria and claims the territory as part of the historic homeland of the Jewish people. 

Israeli plans to annex roughly 30 percent of the West Bank, as outlined in a Trump Middle East peace proposal unveiled in January which triggered global outcry and threats of retaliation against the Jewish state, including from the European Union.  

Israel's alternate prime minister and Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, called the agreement "important and significant".

"I call upon other Arab nations to advance diplomatic relations in additional peace agreements," he said.

Once the deal is signed, the UAE will become the third Arab nation to have full diplomatic ties with Israel, following Israeli peace deals with Egypt and Jordan.

Hours after the deal was announced, the Emirati flag was projected onto Tel Aviv's town hall.

 

 

 

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