A virtual interview between UAE and Israeli ambassadors in Washington
During the virtual interview between UAE and Israeli ambassadors in Washington. The state’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al-Otaiba, affirmed that the UAE’s decision to sign the historic peace treaty with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan, is due to two reasons, the first of which is that the region is changing as the aspirations of its youth, while the second reason is that the annexation of Palestinian lands, he was threatening the progress the UAE was making with Israel.
Al-Otaiba: The region is changing, and the people are tired of conflict and want hope and peace
Al-Otaiba indicated, during an interview with the American “MSNBC” network, in a virtual television interview, which he gathered with the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, that the UAE seized the opportunity and worked in the end to reach a treaty in which everyone wins the UAE, Israel, and the United States, adding: “The region is changing, attitudes are changing, and mentalities as well. People are tired of conflict and ideologies, and they want the same thing: jobs, opportunities, and hope. There was widespread popular support for the treaty in the UAE, where a poll showed that 89 percent Of the Emirati youth, between the ages of 18 and 24, who support the treaty, there was a perception that the region is going in a different direction, with a different mentality, so the opportunity was seized.
Al-Otaiba explained that the second reason for the signing of the historic peace treaty, after 26 years of the peace treaty with Jordan, is the debate over the annexation of Palestinian lands, which threatened the progress made with Israel, as there is now public cooperation, and he can now meet with Dermer on television, in a joint appearance. As it became a normal thing. Al-Otaiba believed that the immediate economic benefits of the Ibrahim agreements were pushing things forward, as there is a lot of enthusiasm, with the arrival of a large number of Israeli companies’ interests to the Emirates, and vice versa.
In turn, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, stressed the great importance of the peace treaty for Israel, noting that the UAE, the third Arab country to recognize Israel, for the first time in more than a quarter of a century, and while Israel had to wait more than 25 years for a decade The Treaty, Bahrain concluded 29 days later a treaty with Israel, expressing his belief that the treaty is moving much faster than expectations, really launching, and working to transform the region for the better.
Dreamer expressed Israel’s satisfaction with moving forward with the proposed military deal between the UAE and the United States. Dermer stated that the way to transfer this commitment from principle to practice is with Israeli and American security officials sitting down, adding: “Every time, there is a military package that is being proposed, and this is what the officials of both sides did in September and October when the UAE requested a specific weapons system.”
Dermer added, “We have continued this process with the United States, and we strongly believe that this agreement regarding the military deal will not violate or weaken the commitment of the United States to preserving the qualitative military advantage of Israel. Therefore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gates issued a statement. In this regard, I can say that this type of joint statement between the two men does not exist much in Israeli politics.
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Dermer said that what causes him serious concern is not the proposed deal to sell F-35s to the UAE, but the idea of returning to the nuclear agreement with Iran, adding: “Iran is a regime that pledges to destroy Israel, and it is committed and is working actively for that, and seeks to destabilize In all neighboring Arab countries in the region, therefore, Israel and the Arab countries in the region do not support a return to the nuclear agreement, and we hope that the American administration will speak up when it begins its work with its allies in the region, to search for new arrangements that will prevent Iran forever from developing Nuclear weapons.”