The Palestinian leadership has long opposed the normalization of relations between Israel and the Arab states because it would legitimize the ongoing occupation. The normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has been repeatedly described as a “breakthrough” and an important step on the road to a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. The Parties recognise the important role of science, technology and innovation in the growth of several key sectors and strengthen joint action and cooperation on scientific and technological progress. This includes the promotion of scientific cooperation and exchanges, including between scientists, research and academic institutions, the establishment of joint research and development centres and the examination of the possibility of joint funding of research and scientific projects in certain areas of mutual interest. But the interesting moment comes a little later when Sara Netanyahu, who has a great personality, suddenly launches the ambassador, we would be happy to welcome you to Jerusalem. And Otaiba`s reaction is very polite and very charming. And he nods. But it is somewhat non-binding. He doesn`t say, oh yes, of course, I`ll be there. By eliminating the prospect of annexation, at least for now, it actually eliminates a huge potential bone of contention between Israel and the West – not only the Europeans, but also the United States. So this is one of those offerings that, at first glance, may not seem as important as some of the others we`ve talked about. Eager to establish peace, diplomatic and friendly relations, cooperation and the full normalization of relations between them and their peoples, in accordance with this treaty, and to jointly establish a new way to unlock the enormous potential of their countries and the region, this was part of a broader Trump-Middle East peace plan to achieve the “deal of the century”, as the president calls it, it would end decades of conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. In the months leading up to the deal, Israel had secretly worked with the UAE to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

European media reported that the Mossad had quietly procured health supplies from the Gulf states. [21] [22] Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, reported in late June 2020 that the two countries are working together in the fight against the coronavirus and that Mossad chief Yossi Cohen has visited the UAE several times. However, the UAE appeared to downplay this a few hours later by revealing that it was simply an agreement between private companies and not at the state level. [23] Bouthaina Shaaban, the Syrian president`s political and media adviser, criticized the deal in her comments in the Al-Watan newspaper, saying that secret relations between the UAE and Israel had existed for decades, but now they are revealing it publicly. She said there was nothing new in the deal and regretted that the Gulf states were hostile to Iran but wanted peace with Israel, which abhors Arab history and forcibly seized Palestinian land. [98] The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has had a long history of sporadic violence between the two sides since at least 1948 (with some local violence preceding it). As conflict experts would call “protracted conflicts”, the “problems” or causes of conflicts are diverse, deeply rooted and extremely complex. They are all ignoring this peace agreement. In fact, it almost completely ignores the Palestinians and erases them from the narrative of instability in the Middle East. Even before the announcement of normalization in August…