The First Signed Agreement Between Israel And An Arab Country

On the other hand, some members of the Israeli right have expressed anger at Mr. Netanyahu for breaking his promise of annexation. At a televised press conference, he said the annexation had only been postponed “temporarily.” “In the same way that I brought peace with an Arab country,” Netanyahu said, “I will bring sovereignty.” Ordinary Palestinians protested the deal on social media and some also insulted the UAE. Meanwhile, Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah`s Central Committee, called the agreement a breakdown of the Arab consensus on the management of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He accused the UAE of betraying Arabs and Palestinians before pushing the NAP to withdraw its ambassador from the UAE, and also called on the Arab League to end the 2002 Arab peace initiative. [68] Peace between Egypt and Israel has continued since the treaty entered into force, and Egypt has become an important strategic partner of Israel. Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, a former Israeli defense minister known for his close relations with Egyptian officials, said that “Egypt is not only our closest friend in the region, the cooperation between us goes beyond strategy.” [14] Nabil Abu Rudeineh [ar], a senior adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas, read an official statement in which palestinian leaders rejected the agreement and called it a betrayal of Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinians. [63] The Palestinian Authority (NPC) recalled its ambassador from Abu Dhabi. [64] [65] Palestinian leaders also said that Hamas leader called Ismail Haniyeh Abbas and rejected the deal, which Reuters called a “rare demonstration of unity.” [66] This is a truly historic moment. Since the signing of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty more than 25 years ago, progress towards peace in the Middle East has not been as great.

The peace treaty between Egypt and Israel was signed 16 months after Egyptian President Anwar Sadat visited Israel in 1977, after intense negotiations. The main features of the treaty were mutual recognition, an end to the state of war that had existed since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, normalization of relations, and Israel`s withdrawal of its armed forces and civilians from the Sinai Peninsula conquered by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Egypt has agreed to demilitarize the Sinai Peninsula. The agreement provided for the free passage of Israeli ships through the Suez Canal and the recognition of the Strait of Tiran and the Gulf of Aqaba as international waterways. The agreement also demanded an end to Israeli military rule in the territories occupied by Israel and the creation of full autonomy for the Palestinian inhabitants of the territories, conditions that were not implemented, but which became the basis of the Oslo Accords. But Mark, beyond formalizing a normal relationship between the two countries, what does this agreement do? And what did both sides receive and give up? Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the agreement would pave the way for peace agreements with other nations and welcomed the suspension of unilateral annexation. . . .

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