מוחמד בן זייד בנימין נתניהו
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Photos: AFP
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

U.S. to host Israel-UAE deal-signing ceremony on Sept. 15

Senior White House official says Netanyahu and Emirati FM will lead their respective delegations; PM says he is 'proud' to be taking part in the ceremony, calling it the foundation of the treaty between the two countries

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Published: 09.08.20 , 21:13
U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a Sept. 15 signing ceremony for a groundbreaking Middle East agreement normalizing relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, a senior White House official said on Tuesday.
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  • As part of the deal, announced at the White House on Aug. 13 following what officials said were 18 months of talks, the Gulf state agreed to normal relations with Israel, while Israel agreed to continue with plans to suspend its annexation of the West Bank.
    מוחמד בן זייד בנימין נתניהומוחמד בן זייד בנימין נתניהו
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
    (Photos: AFP)
    The senior White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan, would lead the two delegations to the ceremony.
    Netanyahu said Tuesday night that he was "proud" to be taking part in the ceremony, calling it the foundation of the treaty between the two countries.
    Trump and other administration officials have said they expect Saudi Arabia and other countries to follow suit in recognizing Israel.
    פגישת המשלחות באבו דאביפגישת המשלחות באבו דאבי
    Israeli, American and Emirati officials meeting in Abu Dhabi last week
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Iran has dismissed the agreement, which also served to firm up opposition to Tehran, a regional power seen by the UAE, Israel and the United States as the main threat in the Middle East.
    The deal falls short of any grand Middle East peace plan to resolve decades of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians despite Trump's pledge to do so with efforts led by his White House aide and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
    הפגישההפגישה
    Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed greets National Security Council Director Meir Ben Shabbat in the UAE last week
    (Photo: GPO)
    An Emirati source said Monday that the Gulf nation is planning to make its first official visit to Israel on Sept. 22 to build up the countries' agreement to normalize relations.
    The trip, which has yet to be finalized, will come in reciprocation of a groundbreaking trip to Abu Dhabi last week by senior Israeli and U.S. envoys, the source said.
    מטוס אל על עוזב את אבו דאבימטוס אל על עוזב את אבו דאבי
    Emirati officials wave off the El Al flight carrying an Israeli and American delegation as it leaves Abu Dhabi last week
    (Photo: Ophir Malka)

    The source said the UAE was expected to finalize the trip after the date was announced for the ceremony to sign the normalization accord.
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