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United Arab Emirates Agreement With Israel

The “Friends of America” alliance against Iran should work better if the Gulf Arabs can be open and not mysterious about their relations with Israel. This criticism is not unjustified. Israel has shown little interest in negotiations with the Palestinians, as it has strengthened its control over the West Bank and, with Egypt, has a narrow barrier around the Gaza Strip. The Trump administration has moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, ended or significantly reduced aid to the Palestinians, and presented a peace plan that Palestinians see as extremely unfair to their national aspirations and rights. At the same time, the leaders of Ramallah see the gradual normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as a sign that Abu Dhabi has betrayed the Palestinian cause. For their part, the Emiratis do not want to subordinate their national interests to ineffective and corrupt Palestinian leaders. All this indicates that in the short term, any expectation of further negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is misplaced. The government of Oman has publicly supported the agreement (which it described as “historic”). [58] The Grand Mufti of Oman, Ahmed bin Hamad al-Khalili, indirectly criticized the treaty. [59] Ahmed Mulla Talal, spokesman for the Iraqi government, said that Iraq would not interfere in the sovereign affairs of other countries, but that its laws did not allow for the normalization of relations with Israel. [60] Other leaders and groups, including the Islamic Jihad movement in Palestine, unanimously rejected the agreement, according to Al Jazeera.

Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Palestinian National Initiative, said they were not surprised by the recent actions taken by the United Arab Emirates and the fact that the Emiratis had never attempted to fight Israel. He added that this could encourage other nations to ignore the Palestinian issue. The head of the Palestine Liberation Front, Wasel Abu Yousef, said the agreement would only give Israel greater influence over its occupation. ANP Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Majdalani said they did not know the agreement in advance and that the UAE was bartering the others, while unilaterally changing the Arab world`s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. [67] The parties recognize the important role of science, technology and innovation in the growth of several key sectors and strengthen joint action and cooperation in scientific and technological progress. These include promoting scientific cooperation and exchanges, including between scientists, research institutions and academic institutions, the creation of common research and development centres, and research on the possibility of joint funding of research and research projects in certain areas of common interest. In addition, the parties express their common interest in establishing and developing mutually beneficial cooperation in the area of exploration and use of space for peaceful purposes, in a manner consistent with national legislation and the international obligations of each party. This cooperation may include the implementation of joint programs, projects and activities in the fields of science, space research, space technologies and education, the exchange of experts, information and best practices, and the promotion of cooperation between their respective space industries.

The move also follows the Trump administration`s rejection of the nuclear deal with Iran and Israel`s persistent suspicions that Iran`s nuclear program includes a nuclear bomb development program, which Tehran denies. Currently, Iran and Saudi Arabia are busy supporting different factions in proxy wars, from Syria to Yemen, with the United Arab Emirates supporting the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed coalition against forces close to Iran. [24] [25] In recent years, informal relations between countries have warmed considerably and have begun broad informal cooperation on the basis of their common opposition to Iran`s nuclear programme and their influence.

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