The two Arab states, once held in power in Middle East politics, have entered into a formal agreement with Israel. The UAE and Bahrain entered into an agreement on September 15, 2020 to normalize relations with Israel. The agreement was executed in the presence of US President Donald Trump in the White House. Trump called the deal “the dawn of a new Middle East”.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Trump said, “After decades of division and conflict, we are beginning to see the emergence of a new Middle East. We are here today to change history. “
Welcoming the agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This is a moment of change in history, the beginning of a new horizon for peace.”
Palestinian leaders believe that peace in the Middle East is possible only when Israel withdraws from occupied territories after the 1967 war.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement after signing the agreement that “peace, security and stability in the region will not return until Israel’s occupation is complete.”
Israel occupied Palestinian territories and in 1948 forcibly declared itself a state. From the beginning, Arabs and Muslims have viewed Israel as an occupying power. As a result, they have been isolated in the politics of the entire region. Now, with an agreement with both countries in the Saudi region, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Israel has been able to end its isolation in the region. Furthermore, as relations with the Arabs have gradually normalized, the country now has the opportunity to take a strong stand at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. Because, many Muslim countries have already accepted Israel. In Dubai, government instructions have also been issued to keep Jewish food in hotels.
Saudi Arabia has not made any public announcement of its relations with Israel so far, but the secret ties of the two countries have leaked to the international media over the years. In a 2016 interview with US-based The Atlantic, the Saudi prince, better known as MBS, spoke on the Israeli issue. He said that Saudi Arabia has common interests with Israel on many issues.
MBS stated its position in favor of the right to exist in the state of Israel, which originated in the Palestinian territories. He says that the Palestinians as well as Israel have the “right” to live peacefully on their land.
Trump recently welcomed the decision to open Saudi airspace for Israeli-Emirati flights. Apparently, monarchical Arab governments are accepting of Israel. However, politicians in Arab countries have called such a situation a betrayal of the Palestinians. Source: Al Jazeera, Reuters.