• Tue. Feb 7th, 2023
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According to the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the country did not need peace with Israel to counter Iran. According to Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, Iran’s aggressive policies over three decades have intimidated many Arab countries and made them look at their relations with Israel “with fresh eyes.” Writes the newspaper Israel Hayom.

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The Foreign Minister acknowledged during an online meeting of the UN General Assembly’s annual meeting with world leaders that this may not have been Iran’s intention, but that their behavior has an impact on developments in the region. The Foreign Minister did not elaborate on whether other Arab countries would follow in the footsteps of the Emirates and Bahrain and establish relations with Israel. Read MIFF’s articles on the Abrahamic Agreements here.

– The only thing I can say is that the more strategically the Israelis look at these matters, the more doors will open for them. If they look at it as a transaction, I do not think it will send a good signal of normalization of relations among many of the Arab countries, says the Foreign Minister.

The Emirates’ message to Israel is to: “look at the possibilities, build a strategy and think long-term rather than short-term” – and prove to the countries that claim that the Israeli political system means that Israeli decision-makers only think tactically wrong. .

The Abrahamic agreements between Israel, the Emirates and Bahrain were signed in the United States on September 15, here a month later the two countries negotiate, according to the foreign minister, “what I would call normal bilateral relations.” He added that the Emirates has sent several draft agreements to the Israelis on investment protection, double taxation, visa waivers and air services.

– We are waiting for Israel to return to us because it is important that a relationship is built based on solid agreements, says the Foreign Minister.

According to the Foreign Minister, the government decided that it was strategically smart for the country to conclude normalization agreements with Israel, “and that it would give the Emirates an increased global presence.”

According to the Foreign Minister, the government predicted the global response “very accurately” – European enthusiasm, cross-party support in the United States and support from Russia, China and many African and Asian countries.

On the other hand, the Arab world, according to the Foreign Minister, remains very polarized, adding that: “I would like to say that we have not lost a single friend.”

The Foreign Minister called the Iranian response “very alarming.” And called Turkey’s opposition to the deal “pure hypocrisy” and accused Ankara of “trying to exploit the Palestinian situation for narrow regional considerations.” The Foreign Minister also noted that 550,000 Israelis visited Turkey last year, that the countries have annual trade for about 3 billion. dollars and that Turkey has had an embassy in Israel for decades.

According to the newspaper Israel Hayom, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas criticized the Emirates and Bahrain for establishing diplomatic ties with Israel in a speech recorded in advance of the UN General Assembly and called for an international conference early next year to start a “true peace process”.

The Emirates expected Palestinian opposition, says their foreign minister, adding that he believes the Palestinians are “angry” right now. Read MIFF’s article on the PA’s reaction to the Abrahamic agreements: – Our Arab brothers have failed us.

According to the Foreign Minister, the Emirates continues to support a two-state solution, an end to Israeli “occupation” and politically disagrees with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government.

– But we have to open up the communication channels because the Arab experience of not having direct communication with Israel has not really yielded results, the Foreign Minister adds.

According to the Foreign Minister, the actions of the two Gulf countries have “brought a new dynamic” into the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Read MIFF’s article on Mads Fuglede’s comments: – The Abraham agreements are the best news from the region for several generations.

– The Palestinians are angry right now, but I think they will be able to see the benefit in the long run, concludes Emirates Foreign Minister Anwar Garagash. Read MIFF’s article: Arab countries have cut back heavily on financial support for Palestinians

Read MIFF’s articles on the Palestinian Authority (PA) here.

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