Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer told Fox News presenter Mark Levin on Thursday that he sees the agreement that normalizes relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi that was mediated with the help of President Trump will be the first of many people to come to the Middle region.
Dermer said on “The Mark Levin Show on Westwood One” that Trump’s team was integral in achieving normalization with the Emirates, and that it is also unparalleled because there was no land cut involved.
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Dermer said that when Egypt became the first Arab nation to normalize relations with Israel decades ago, the Israelis agreed to hand over the Sinai Peninsula to the Cairo government. He noted that the earth is three times the size of today’s Jewish state.
When normalization was achieved with Jordan, it came after the Oslo agreement of the 1990s, he said, which led to “dangerous” concessions.
“It’s a great day for Israel – a great day for peace,” he told Levin.
“What changes in this regard is the previous peace agreements that require a very large concession from Israel … Instead of making ‘land for peace’, we are making ‘peace for peace’.”
Dermer added that one of the main reasons he believes more Arab countries will start negotiations with Israel this way is because this particular agreement proved that the Palestinians do not necessarily have to be involved to make a deal.
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“I think you will see more days like this in the weeks and months ahead … I think a lot of people believe that the road to peace with the Arab states has to go through Ramallah,” he said. Dermer added, however, that any peace deal with the Palestinians should include Ramallah.
“[Normalization] passes through Cairo, he passes through Amman and has now disappeared through Abu Dhabi, “he continued.” If we had a Palestinian partner who wanted to make peace, we would have made peace a century ago. “
“Because of the leadership of Donald Trump, … we have this historic breakthrough where Israel is not making these concessions.”
He added that the UAE is a leading nation in the region and the new relationship will be beneficial. He described Israel as second only to California in technological innovation, and the UAE a prosperous nation with a large technology and innovation sector.
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“The UAE is a very serious Arab country,” he said. “The relationship between Israel and the UAE will promote prosperity throughout the region. I hope and expect that other dominoes will fall. And I think in the end I think this will open the door to peace with the Palestinians as well. “.