President Trump just pulled off a major foreign policy coup.
He announced it on Twitter:
HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2020
Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi issued a statement Thursday which “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.”
The accord makes only the third Arab nation to make peace with Israel, following Egypt and Jordan.
A great day for peace! Israel commends the courage of MBZ for the historic decision of the UAE to join Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) in making peace with Israel. Israel deeply appreciates all @POTUS Trump has done to make this breakthrough possible. More to come!
— Amb. Ron Dermer (@AmbDermer) August 13, 2020
Fox News fills in the details:
The statement said that the “diplomatic breakthrough” was at “the request of President Trump,” and that 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.”
…Trump on Thursday said he had a call with Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The president told reporters Israel and the UAE will “begin cooperation across the board,” along with exchanging embassies and ambassadors. The president said he expected other countries to follow the UAE’s lead on this effort to cooperate with Israel going forward.
The president said the action would be known as the “Abraham Accord,” named for the “father of all three great faiths.”
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