UAE, Israel to sign deal at White House

UAE, Israel to sign deal at White House

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel have announced plans to sign a normalization agreement at the White House during a ceremony September 15th, 2020. 

White House officials said, "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Emirati Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Zayad will likely lead delegations from both nations."

"US President Donald Trump will host the event either on the South Lawn, Rose Garden or inside, depending on weather conditions." the officials added. 

It was also reported that arrangements were underway between the UAE, US and Israel to organize a grand signing ceremony in Washington on September 22nd 2020 in the presence of Trump, Netanyahu and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

On August 13, the UAE and Israel announced a US-brokered agreement to normalize relations, including opening embassies in each other's territory.

The Palestinian Authority and resistance factions denounced the deal, saying it does not "serve the Palestinian cause and ignores the rights of Palestinians." 

The Palestinian Authority said any deal with Israel should be based on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative on the principle of "land for peace" and not "peace for peace" as Israel claims.