Washington: The agreement between Israel and the UAE has given the United States a rare diplomatic success in the Middle East-but President Donald Trump sees Iran, and this strategy has encountered obstacles at the United Nations.
The White House praised the foreign policy coup. The president seeking re-election in November desperately needs a foreign policy coup, and he has done little diplomacy.
“This is a dramatic breakthrough that will make the Middle East safer,” chief US negotiator Jared Kushner told CBS. “It means less American troops will have to be over there.”
Under the US-brokered agreement, the United Arab Emirates and Israel agreed on Thursday to establish full diplomatic ties, making the monarchy just the third Arab country to recognize the Jewish state, following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
“Assuming the deal works, it’s the first time Israel has established normalized relations with any Gulf nation and for that reason it’s significant,” said Aaron David Miller, a former diplomat who served as Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiator in Democratic and Republican administrations.
But, Miller cautioned, “don’t blow this out of proportion.
“I don’t buy that it’s on the same level of magnitude or accomplishment as Egypt or Jordan,” said Miller, now a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“This is the UAE we are talking about. This is not the most powerful country in the Arab world, such as Egypt. This is not even a country bordering Israel.”
Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council, another think tank in Washington, described the agreement as a “good move”, but “given that the secret connection between the two countries has been around for a long time, this is not earth-shaking. Variety”.