An Emirati minister said that the peace agreement between the UAE and Israel is a win-win solution

An Emirati minister said that the peace agreement between the UAE and Israel is a win-win solution
The peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel is a "win-win solution" and removes the "imminent threat" to annex the West Bank, according to the Gulf state's minister of state for foreign affairs.

We were in the Arab League meetings ... and the whole idea was, what do we do to stop this annexation? In a way, the annexation seemed like a looming threat that would undermine any prospects for a two-state solution, ”Anwar Gargash told CNBC's Dan Murphy on Thursday.

His comments came shortly after US President Donald Trump announced yesterday that both countries have agreed to normalize relations, making the United Arab Emirates the first Gulf country and the third Arab country to establish open diplomatic relations with Israel.

Gargash said that the UAE was diplomatically active and we took an unprecedented step for our ambassador ... basically saying that annexation would destroy the entire prospects for negotiations and peace and would affect Israel's prospects for establishing relations with the Arab world.

He added: "I can not really specify a specific moment, but the idea developed, which is why not create a win-win solution."

Thomas Warrick, a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, agreed.

"It's a good day for Israel and the United Arab Emirates, they both get something out of this that they really want," he said. "The United Arab Emirates shows its value as a strategic partner for both political parties in the United States. Israel gets out of its impasse over the settlements issue ... and this gives it a valuable prize, the normalization of relations with the Emirates."

Gargash described the deal as a way to "defuse a real threat" to the two-state solution and to allow for the resumption of negotiations, but not as a "road map for peace" between Israel and Palestine.

He said, "This is really due to the Palestinians and the Israelis and other traditional mediators like the Americans."

Criticism of the agreement

A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the leadership "rejects and denounces" the treaty, while Turkey issued a statement saying that history "will never forget and will never forgive this hypocritical behavior of the UAE," according to a Reuters report.

Iran, the common opponent of Israel and the United Arab Emirates, also condemned the deal. The Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency reported that the country's Foreign Ministry on Friday described the decision as a "foolish strategic act" and said it was a "dangerous" move.

Before this statement, Gargash said he would not be surprised by Iran's statements, given that the Islamic Republic still does not accept Israel as a state.

He said, "I think the Arabs passed it, and the Palestinians passed it." The Iranian position on this issue is consistent.

He added that there would not be a "perfect moment" for the UAE to normalize relations with Israel. "If we are really waiting for that perfect moment, then it is really an invitation to ... stand still and allow developments to bypass you, and unfortunately, this has been the case historically with the Palestinian cause."

In response to a question whether the agreement would hold in the event of Biden’s presidency of the United States, Gargash said that this "strategic change" will not be canceled.

It will not be reversed with respect to Israel, it will not be reversed with respect to the United Arab Emirates, and it will not be reversed with regard to the United States. I think whatever happens, I think all political systems will treat this as a positive development. "

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