The incumbent Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday praised the Israel-United Arab Emirates peace deal announced by President Trump, but noted the Obama administration’s efforts- Biden for “historic step”.
Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed released a joint statement on Thursday after Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize customs. system.
TRUMP Announces ‘Historical Peace Agreement’ BETWEEN ISRAEL, UAE
The statement said that the “diplomatic breakthrough”; was at the “request of President Trump” and that Israel would “suspend its sovereignty claim over the areas outlined in the Presidential Vision for Peace and focus efforts now on expanding relations with other countries in the Arab bloc. and the Muslim world. “
The former vice president hailed the move as “an historic step to bridge the deep division of the Middle East”, calling the UAE’s proposal to “recognize the State of Israel as a welcome act, brave and extremely necessary. “
“This is an important recognition that Israel is a vibrant, inseparable part of the Middle East,” Biden said. “Israel can and will be a valuable economic and strategic partner to all who welcome it.”
However, Biden said that “the proximity between Israel and the Arab states has been built on the efforts of multiple administrations to promote wider openness between Arab-Israel, including the of the Obama-Biden administration to build the Arab Peace Initiative ”.
“I have personally spent time with the leaders of both Israel and the UAE during our administration building a case of broader cooperation and participation and the benefits it can bring to both. two countries and I’m happy with today’s announcement, “Biden said in a statement Thursday. “It is a timely reminder that hatred and differences – even longstanding relationships – do not have a solid foundation and of the role of US diplomacy.”
“There is always room for cooperation and collaboration in areas of mutual interest, and Emirates and Israel have a common interest in maintaining the prospects of peace in the region.”
Biden went on to say that “the merger will be a blow to the peace goal, that’s why I oppose it now and will oppose it as president,” and “most likely will. ending all opportunities for a two-state solution that will ensure Israel’s Future as a Jewish and democratic state, while upholding the Palestinian’s right to a state of its own.
Biden added: “By suppressing that possibility and replacing it with the hope of greater connectivity and integration in the region, the United Arab Emirates and Israel have indicated a path towards a China. East is more peaceful and stable. “
“The Biden-Harris administration will seek to build this progress, and will challenge all countries in the region to keep pace,” he said.
Delegates from Israel and the UAE are expected to meet in the coming weeks to “sign bilateral deals on investment, travel, direct flight, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, and other countries. economy, culture, environment, the establishment of reciprocal embassies, and mutually beneficial fields ”. “Opening up a direct relationship between two of the Middle East’s most dynamic societies and advanced economies will transform the region by promoting economic growth,” the statement said. innovating technology and establishing human relationships ”.
Trump on Thursday said he had a call with Israel and the UAE. The President told reporters Israel and the UAE will “begin to cooperate on a large scale”, along with the exchange of embassies and ambassadors. The president said he expected other countries to follow the UAE’s lead in future efforts to cooperate with Israel.
The president said this act would be called the “Treaty of Abraham”, named for “the father of all three great faiths.”
US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said from the Oval Office on Thursday: “No one can better represent the unifying potential of these three great faiths.
Israel and the UAE also said they will continue their efforts to “achieve a fair, comprehensive and long-term solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.”