Israel-UAE Peace Deal

  • 17 Aug 2020

  • On 13th August 2020 the President of the USA has announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties.
  • Both the UAE and Israel are the USA’s close allies in West Asia.
  • After this announcement, the UAE has become the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to have active diplomatic ties with Israel.
  • Only Egypt and Jordan have active diplomatic ties with Israel.Egypt made a peace deal with Israel in 1979, followed by Jordan in 1994.
  • Mauritania recognised Israel in 1999 but later ended relations in 2009 over Israel’s war in Gaza.
  • Under the deal, Israel would suspend its plans to annex large parts of the occupied West Bank.Israel has occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war – territories that the Palestinians hope to be part of their future state.However, Israelis see these lands as theirs, and so has built hundreds of settlements and outposts over the past few decades.
  • In recent years, ties between Gulf Arab nations and Israel have quietly grown, in part over their shared enmity of Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. 
  • The agreement is also officially called the "Abraham Accord" in honor of Abraham, the patriarch of the three major Abrahamic religions of the world—Judaism, Islamand Christianity.