Turkish President Erdogan deplored the damage caused to the Palestinians by Israel`s agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In the meantime, the Turkish authorities have been asked whether, in their agreements to oppose Iran, they will join the VaE and Bahrain, but no official decision has yet been taken and no information is available on where Turkey sees itself on the new map of the Middle East powers. It seems to be a bit counter-intuitive, because Netanyahu is at least publicly pushing for the annexation of the West Bank – perhaps he was secretly grateful to have the opportunity to do so. It is a diplomatic achievement for President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has largely negotiated the agreements with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Netanyahu, who appeared before reporters in Jerusalem, hailed the agreement as the biggest step forward on the path to peace in the Arab world in decades. The agreement was reached without Israel leaving territories it has effectively controlled for more than 50 years of conflict with the Palestinians. At a press conference during the day, Mr. Trump postponed questions about the annexation of David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, who has close ties to settlement groups. Friedman said the topic should be considered controversial during the time it might take to “give peace to any chance.” “Many people thought that the path to peace with the Arab states should pass through Ramallah,” said Ron Dermer, Israel`s ambassador to Washington, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. “That`s not the case. The path to peace with the Palestinians passes through Ramallah, but the path to peace with the Arab states passes through Cairo, Amman, Abu Dhabi and elsewhere. When the UAE began establishing formal relations a year ago, an adviser to Prince Mohammed advised him that the keys should be to treat Israelis as equal neighbours and legitimate residents of the Middle East, and thus to emphasize peace, but to ensure that something is demanded on behalf of the Palestinians in return.
, a formula that eventually shaped their approach. On Thursday, the White House announced a historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, an oil-rich sheikh and longtime ally of the Palestinians, to normalize diplomatic relations. The surprise contract, to be signed at a White House ceremony in the coming weeks, includes the opening of embassies, trade and technology, direct flights and tourism, as well as co-intelligence in the fields of energy, security and intelligence. In Tel Aviv, the town hall shone with flags of Israel and the E.U.T. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin invited Abu Dhabi`s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to visit. Mr. Trump announced that the agreement would be an important development for a region that has been affected by violence for decades on Israel`s place in the Middle East and whether it can coexist peacefully with its Arab neighbors. Hundreds of people gathered on the sun-washed southern lawn to witness the signing of agreements in a festive atmosphere not marked by the coronavirus pandemic. Participants did not practice social renunciation and most guests did not wear masks. And so the most important thing that changed, frankly, was the diplomacy of the Trump administration.
The Trump administration arrived in the region and tried to negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians that had shifted sharply in favor of Israel.