Agreement Between Israel And The United Arab Emirates
This criticism is not unjustified. Israel has shown little interest in negotiations with the Palestinians, as it has tightened its grip on the West Bank and, along with Egypt, maintained a narrow fence around the Gaza Strip. The Trump administration has moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, ended or significantly limited aid to the Palestinians, and worked out a peace plan that the Palestinians see as grossly unfair to their national aspirations and rights. At the same time, Ramallah leaders see the continued normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE as a indication that Abu Dhabi has betrayed the Palestinian cause. For their part, the Emiratis do not want to subordinate their national interests to an ineffective and corrupt Palestinian leadership. All this indicates that in the short term, any expectation of new negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority has no place. After Netanyahu`s speech, Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement on investment promotion and protection, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in science and innovation, an agreement on air services and a visa waiver agreement. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps warned the UAE that it would have a dangerous impact on the deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the deal a “grave mistake” and warned the UAE not to allow Israel to be safe in the Gulf. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called it a betrayal of Arab and non-Arab countries in the Middle East. A group of protesters of less than 100 residents gathered on August 15 outside the UAE embassy in Tehran and chanted “Death for America” and “Death for Israel.” Protesters also burned Israel`s flag.  The conservative Kayhan newspaper, whose editor is appointed by Iran`s Supreme Leader, warned that the deal had made the UAE a “legitimate and easy goal.”  In practice, this would involve the United States, China, Russia, other states and large Arab states if necessary.
Such an international framework should contribute to the establishment, monitoring and implementation of the agreements reached. In the months leading up to the deal, Israel had cooperated in secret with the UAE to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. European media reported that the Mossad had quietly procured health supplies from the Gulf countries.   Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, indicated in late June 2020 that the two countries were cooperating in the fight against the coronavirus and that Mossad chief Yossi Cohen had visited the United Arab Emirates several times. . . .