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Self-interest and missing pieces blur Trump’s Middle East claims

Self-interest and missing pieces blur Trump’s Middle East claims”

Rapper Kanye West praised senior White House adviser Jared Kushner on Tuesday, hours after historic peace accords were signed between Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

"While Israel is largely driven by security interests and could deepen cooperation with the UAE to counter mutual threats - including the Muslim Brotherhood, Iran's Axis of Resistance, and other Arab and African countries - the UAE seeks to amplify its power projection across the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the eastern Mediterranean, enhancing its posture vis-à-vis Iran and Turkey, and bolstering the connectivity of its maritime assets for economic gains", according to Ibrahim Jalal of the Middle East Institute. Egypt and Jordan had previously established ties with Israel.

Before today, the USA had hosted the first two Arab-Israeli agreements with Jordan and Egypt that swapped land for peace, but left unsolved today, Israel's core conflict with the Palestinians.

Israel has claimed two rockets were fired into its territory during the peace agreement ceremony.

UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, brother of the Crown Prince, chose to speak in Arabic, and have his words translated into English, though he made it clear from the start with his initial few words of greeting that he is entirely fluent in the English language. He was joined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Bahrain Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Zayani. Tuesday's agreements broke a decades-old commitment by most of the Arab world to normalize relations with Israel only after it agreed to a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

Palestinian protesters set fire to Israeli flags and mock coffins representing the Arab Emirates and Bahraini normalisation agreements with Israel.

"Efforts to bypass the Palestinian people and their leadership will have risky consequences", Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in a statement. "The U.S. administration and the Israeli government will be held accountable".

"NORPAC strongly applauds the Abraham Accords signing at the White House". The pandemic was in the backdrop of the White House ceremony, where there was no physical distancing and most guests didn't wear masks.

The deals mean four Arab countries now recognise the state of Israel, the BBC reports.

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He used an Oval Office meeting before the ceremony to take several digs at his Democratic presidential rival, Joe Biden, and to criticize the Palestinians, who flatly rejected as one-sided his administration's attempts to broker a resolution with Israel.

Copies of the the agreements were not immediately released to the public, making it hard to discern how far they go and whether they are binding.

Far from feeling isolated, Netanyahu chipped in, "Israel doesn't feel isolated at all".

"And in the West Bank and Jerusalem, the Israeli bulldozers continue to demolish Palestinian homes and ethnically cleanse the Palestinians out of their villages and cities on a daily basis", Essa told Al Jazeera.

NBC News isn't the only news outlet to downplay the significance of the historic agreement.

Speaking from the balcony, Trump said: "We're here this afternoon to change the course of history", terming it "a major stride in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity".

Officials in the home countries cast some doubt on the significance of the agreements. It was left to the leaders whether to shake hands, the official told reporters. Virtually any agreement of substance would have to be ratified by Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

Of the peace agreements, he said: "This day is a pivot of history". On Aug. 13, the Israel-U.A.E. deal was announced. She also expressed concern that the sale of the fighter jets, the most sophisticated of such weaponry, could tip the region's military balance against Israel. The kingdom is home to the largest US naval base in the Middle East.

Mitchell called Trump and Netanyahu, who she referred to as "two embattled political leaders" as the "big winners" from the agreement. "I don't say that with any bravado, I just tell you the Palestinians will be a member at the right time", Trump said. "Both countries have quietly dealt with Israel for years, sharing intelligence against Iran, a common enemy".



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