But Prime Minister Netanyahu seems to have withdrawn from the idea, at least for the time being, because of overwhelming international pressure. The Emiratis have allowed him to break a difficult political stalemate. The peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) and Israel, supported by the United States on 13 August, was undoubtedly encouraged by the circumstances. Let us remember the most important outcome of the agreement: the two countries will establish official relations and Israel will suspend the planned annexation of 30% of the West Bank (which was part of Trump`s “peace plan”). For all these reasons, I say no to this agreement, as do anyone who deals with justice. Peace, security, equality and respect for the long-awaited rights of the Palestinian people: this agreement is exactly the opposite. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, however, questioned the fact that the agreement would bring stability to the region, said that without a two-state solution, there would be no stability, and said that the United Arab Emirates had abandoned the Palestinians with the agreement.  The State Department then issued a statement on its part in which it stated that it was not critical of the peace agreement, but stressed that it was important for Arab states, especially the Gulf States, to support a Palestinian state in accordance with the two-state solution.  Tomorrow, the Israeli Parliament will vote on the agreement to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates. A large majority will accept an extremely positive step towards the Israeli government`s objectives: the maintenance of its systematic violations of international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.
Parliamentarians who believe in justice and equality will vote against this agreement. However, I am afraid that we are a tiny minority. Since last summer, the governments of the UAE and Iran have been in contact. By the agreement of August 13, has MBZ changed its approach to its dangerous neighbour? Or are the Emiratis simply calculating that Iranians cannot afford to take reckless risks before the US elections? Do they feel they have the opportunity to strengthen relations with Israel as they did a year ago, given the many regional bargains that are coming? The agreement was a major political turnaround for Mr. Netanyahu, who has long insisted on expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank in an effort to annex the territory. Mr. Netanyahu was under political pressure to be flexible, as three new elections gave him only a majority in a coalition government and he was prosecuted in 2021. In 2019, the Trump administration reversed decades of U.S. policy by declaring that West Bank settlements were not contrary to international law, a decision that threatened the two-state solution, long seen as the key to a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Trump administration`s Middle East policy, developed by Jared Kushner, the president`s top adviser, and published in January 2020, endorsed Mr. Netanyahu`s plan to reintegate existing settlements. After Yousef Al Otaiba, the ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, wrote a statement in June 2020 in which he warned that the annexation would threaten better relations between Israel and the Arab world, Kushner saw an opportunity and intervened to facilitate the talks. After the negotiators agreed, Mr. Trump, Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi`s crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed, held a conference call just before an official announcement.      On 16 August 2020, Israel and the United Arab Emirates opened direct telephone services.  The emigrating company APEX National Investment and the Israeli group Tera have signed an agreement on partners in research on COVID-19, making it the first commercial contract between the companies of the two countries since the normalization of relations.  Mossad Director Yossi Cohen arrived in the United Arab Emirates on 18 August to discuss security policy cooperation, regional developments and issues with national security advisor Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan with National Security Adviser Tayoun al-Zayed Al Nahyan.