JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Prime Minister Netanyahu hailed the ‘new era’ in Israel-Arab relations, stating that “a short while ago I conducted a conference call with US president Donald Trump and UAE crown prince Sheikh Muhamed Abu Zayed. In our conversation we agreed to establish full and official peace between Israel and the UAE, which is one of the strongest nations in the world. The agreement includes establishing embassies, full diplomatic ties, significant investments which will help Israel’s economy especially at this time but also at other times, tourism, direct flights, commerce and other ties.
“The UAE will invest a significant investment in Israel’s efforts to develop a vaccine for coronavirus. Additionally we will cooperate on energy, water, environment and many other aspects. Israel is an innovative country and so is the UAE, made up of seven emirates, including Abu Dhabi and Dubai. We are developing innovation, knowledge and initiative and they are doing the same. We are making the desert bloom and so are they. We see their skyscrapers, hotels, artificial islands and their space rocket which was just launched into space. Together we can bring a wondrous future to our countries and our region.”
Netanyahu referred to the peace agreements reached by Prime Minister Begin in 1979 and in 1994 by Prime Minister Rabin with Jordan and said that he is proud to be the prime minister to make the third peace agreement with an Arab state. He described the conversation with the UAE leader as “extremely moving” and added that he expected more moderate Arab states to follow suit and establish full relations with Israel.
In response to questions by journalists, Netanyahu stressed that he is still committed to bringing sovereignty in Judea and Samaria in full coordination with the USA. He added that only due to his efforts, President Trump had added sovereignty into the peace plan, but Israel intends to implement the sovereignty in coordination with the US and the US had asked Israel to suspend its plans for sovereignty during the process of establishing relations with the UAE.