Prime Minister Netanyahu said there was “no change” in plans to cancel parts of the West Bank if approved by the United States, but added that they would be temporarily suspended. [33] Prior to the agreement, the plan to annex the West Bank by 30% had already been frozen, with the majority of Israelis and government coalition partners Benny Gantz rejecting the plan. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live in the territories, in addition to Palestinians who in practice were under Israeli control. [34] But analysts have found that Kushner`s initial goal of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians was as far away as ever, months after Palestinian leaders announced a peace plan that he spent years dying upon his arrival. According to Hannu Juusola [fi] at the University of Helsinki, the agreement meant that the Palestinians would think that the United Arab Emirates would put its own interests ahead of those of the Palestinians, who always assumed that Arab countries would not sign peace agreements with Israel until Palestinian rights were guaranteed. [34] President Trump presided over a ceremony on the Southern Turf, during which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed a general statement of principle that named the White House in tribute to the biblical father of three monotheistic religions and individual agreements between Israel and the two Arab states. Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to the President of the United States, condemned Kuwait`s position. However, according to Al Jazeera, his conviction was widely shared on the Internet as positive. [53] However, the Government of Kuwait itself has remained silent on the agreement.

On 18 August, 37 Kuwaiti MPs asked them to condemn the agreement. [54] Two days earlier, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, citing unnamed government sources, had indicated that the Kuwaiti government`s position vis-à-vis Israel was unchanged. [55] The tense relations between the United States and Israel with Iran are well known. In recent years, U.S. sanctions against Iran and Israeli military actions against Iranian targets have increased the risk of open conflict. At the same time, there are also growing regional divides between Iran and its allies, on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia and its allies (including the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain), on the other. The recent Saudi announcement that it would allow Israel to use its airspace following the UAE agreement signals Saudi Arabia`s tacit consent to these changes. While Trump and others have touted the agreements as “peace agreements,” the agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Israel-Bahrain should concern all those who aspire to justice and lasting peace in the region. Instead of peace, these agreements will continue to militarize the region – while doing nothing to end the persistent serious human rights violations committed by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. In the past, this secondary idea was seen as an important opportunity whenever it became more important. Three previous Arab-Israeli diplomatic agreements – the 1979 Egypt-Israeli peace treaty, the 1993 Israel-PLO Declaration of Principle (see also Jasser Arafat`s letter to Jitzchak Rabin) and the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty – all contained a language that explicitly opposed the use of war or violent means.

The two successes, Egypt-Israel and Israel-Jordan, have definitively put an end to war relations. For example, Egypt and Israel had fought five wars from 1948 to 1973, but none since the 1979 treaty. Indeed, Israeli intentions regarding the future of annexation are not yet clear. Some Likud insiders said Mr Netanyahu had already frozen the annexation process before the deal was reached. But as Netanyahu`s coalition deal with Defense Minister Benny Gantz`s blue-and-white movement remains fragile and the spectre of a fourth Knesset election in less than two years is imminent, Netanyahu could use the annexation card to consolidate support from his right flank – both inside and outside Likud – to remain prime minister and form a futu