UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash

Top UAE official: Israel ties are 'death blow' for West Bank annexation

Emirati minister for foreign affairs says Gulf state 'is using its gravitas and promise of a relationship to unscrew a time bomb that is threatening a two-state solution,' says 'will not be long' before mutual opening of embassies

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Published: 08.13.20 , 20:04
A top Emirati official said Thursday that the newly announced deal for the United Arab Emirates to establish full diplomatic ties with Israel has dealt a "death blow" to moves by Jerusalem to annex Palestinian lands in the West Bank.
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  • The agreement between the Gulf state and Israel was announced Thursday evening by U.S. President Donald Trump and confirmed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
    UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash  UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash
    UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash
    (Photo: Wikimedia Commons )
    UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told reporters that the Emiratis wanted to "try and put one on one together" and develop an organic relationship that was already existing in many fields.
    "Let us try and get something tangible," he said.
    He described it as a "bold step."
    "We've come up with a realization," he said.
    The West Bank settlement of Itamar, with Nablus in the background The West Bank settlement of Itamar, with Nablus in the background
    The West Bank settlement of Itamar, with Nablus in the background
    (Photo: Reuters)
    "Our relationship has not always been central... but we come out and argued that in every difficult political file in the region, when you do have bridges and contacts you become more important and influential in trying to affect results and trying to help," Gargash said.
    "The UAE is using its gravitas and promise of a relationship to unscrew a time bomb that is threatening a two-state solution," he said.
    Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron watch as U.S. President Donald Trump announces the UAE-Israel agreement to normalize relations Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron watch as U.S. President Donald Trump announces the UAE-Israel agreement to normalize relations
    Palestinians in the West Bank city of Hebron watch as U.S. President Donald Trump announces the UAE-Israel agreement to normalize relations
    (Photo: Reuters)
    When asked about a time frame for embassies opening, Gargash said it will not be long and "this is for real."
    "We are not talking about step by step," he said. 
    "Is it perfect? Nothing is perfect in a very difficult region," he said. "But I think we used our political chips right."
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