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President Trump announces historic Israel peace deal with UAE

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On Thursday morning, President Trump announced a “historic peace agreement” between the United Arab emirates (UAE) and Israel, normalizing relations between the two traditionally hostile countries.

“HUGE breakthrough today!” the president tweeted, announcing the deal on Twitter. “Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates!”

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A joint statement put forward by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the UAE’s Crown Prince, and President Trump noted that the “historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the United Arab Emirates and Israel to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region.”

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It added that the agreement came at the behest of President Trump himself, noting that there will be a “full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates,” and that Israel will suspend “sovereignty over areas outlined in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on expanding ties with other countries in the Arab and Muslim world.”

“All three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievement,” the statement continued, adding that delegations from the two countries will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements on a number of issues, including “investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, culture, the environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and other areas of mutual benefit.”

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Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, President Trump said that the agreement would be known as the Abraham Accords, referencing the father of the Abrahamic religions, (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism) whose followers would be most positively affected by the deal in the region.

This is fantastic news for stability in the region. The president had previously been accused by the Left of only stoking tensions and division in the Middle East by his actions, such as moving the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, but this has once again proved all his doubters wrong. America, as Israel’s only true ally in the region, is integral to peace talks, and Israel views President Trump as a true friend.

The peace deal between Israel and the UAE also strongly bolsters opposition to Iran in the region. It is yet to be seen if other Arab League or Sunni nations will be convinced enough to strike peace deals with Israel, or even just drop official hostilities. If other Arab states are brought on board, this could end up being one of the defining legacies of Trump’s presidency.

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