Israel, United Arab Emirates agree to ‘full normalization of relations’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates, during a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Jerusalem. In a nationally broadcast statement, Netanyahu said the “full and official peace” with the UAE would lead to cooperation in many spheres between the countries and a “wonderful future” for citizens of both countries. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced Thursday that they have agreed to establish “full normalization of relations.”

The deal, which was brokered by the United States, requires Israel to halt annexation of occupied West Bank land.

President Trump said after a three-way call with Israeli and Emirati leaders that delegations from the two countries would sign agreements on greater cooperation on investment, tourism, security, technology, energy, and more.

The deal made the United Arab Emirates the third Arab country to open diplomatic ties with Israel.

Trump hailed the “historic moment.”

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called for reversing the deal, describing it as “treason.”

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