Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE`s de facto ruler, says that his price for the deal was Israel`s agreement to stop the annexation of large parts of the West Bank. The government of Oman has publicly supported the agreement (which it described as “historic”).  The Grand Mufti of Oman, Ahmed bin Hamad al-Khalili, indirectly criticized the treaty.  Ahmed Mulla Talal, spokesman for the Iraqi government, said that Iraq would not interfere in the sovereign affairs of other countries, but that its laws did not allow for the normalization of relations with Israel.  Since Egypt`s first post-war withdrawal agreement in October 1973, Israeli leaders have sought to separate their interstate relations with Arab capitals from their inter-communal conflict with the Palestinians. Under the Labor Party, Golda Meir and then Yitzhak Rabin took advantage of their reluctant agreement to cede territory to Egypt and Syria in U.S. commitments not to deal with the Palestine Liberation Organization, except in difficult conditions. In 1979, Bégin effectively succeeded in defusing a completely separate peace for the Egyptian Anwar Sadat, who formally linked peace to a great state and conflict with the Palestinians. After the 1993 Oslo Accords, Shimon Peres revived what can be described as a “soft bond” by creating the Casablanca process of economic relations with Arab states to build on the goodwill of the Israeli-PLO agreement, but those efforts disappeared when Oslo itself lost its splendour. But by expressly declaring its readiness to suspend the annexation of the West Bank as part of the standardization agreement with the UAE, it was Netanyahu who directly re-idestulated the link in a bilateral agreement with an Arab state.
In Israel, developments have come at a dangerous time for Mr. Netanyahu, who leads a fragile and fragile coalition government and is on trial for corruption. His promise of annexation, repeated in three elections, had left him in a box after Mr. Kushner opposed his progress, without going through Mr. Trump`s official peace plan. But shortly after Thursday`s agreement, Netanyahu and his internal political rivals announced that they had made progress in coalition talks. With or without a peace agreement with the Palestinians. Each party recognizes the right of the vessels of the other contracting party to transit innocently in its territorial waters, in accordance with international law. Each contracting party grants normal access to its ports to the ships and cargoes of the other party, as well as to ships and cargo destined for or from the other party.
This access is granted on the same conditions that generally apply to ships and cargoes from other countries. The contracting parties may enter into maritime agreements and arrangements. The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation regretted that the agreement was reached without consultation with the Palestinians, although the agreement was linked to their future, and noted that the agreement did not guarantee a permanent suspension of the annexation of parts of the West Bank.  Longtime New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who has written for decades on international geopolitics and has been a regular critic of Trump`s policies, hailed the deal as “exactly what Trump said in his tweet: a “huge breakthrough.”  The agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates promises to establish normal relations between the two countries.