ISRAEL - Normalization with United Arab Emirates

Arno Froese

The signing of the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is an extremely positive step, and it’s very likely that it will lead in the near future to a full-out peace agreement, including diplomatic ties, the opening of embassies, flights between the two countries, bilateral tourism, and open business relations. In other words—everything that takes place between countries that have peaceful relations with each other.

There’s no doubt—and I expressed this in a recent column—that Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed’s decision required courage and might be the breakthrough that could lead the way for other moderate Muslim Arab countries in the region to follow suit. It’s true that there have been ties between Israel and the UAE for over 20 years. This matter, like others, did not begin during Netanyahu’s term.

The normalization agreement involved an unequivocal commitment by Israel to relinquish its unilateral annexation of territories in the West Bank, as well as to commit to freezing building in existing settlements and to truly agree to the two-state solution as an opening to solving the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

Moreover, the normalization agreement was conditioned upon Israeli agreement to an extensive arms deal between the US and the UAE, in which the latter would purchase F-35 fighter aircraft with advanced capabilities, as well as additional weapons systems.

In simpler terms, Netanyahu’s announcement that he opposes the arms deal with the Emirates, has no political logic, no military justification, and could cause UAE leaders to reconsider their decision.

How much simpler, more dignified and worthy for the State of Israel (and perhaps also for Netanyahu himself, if he were capable of behaving in a normal manner) if we had said from the beginning that the normalization agreement with the Emirates justifies the concessions we have made. Peace in exchange for refraining from annexation, freezing settlement construction and accepting the two-state solution. An arms deal in exchange for normalization.

-www.jpost.com, 11 September 2020

Arno's commentary

The excerpts from the above article authored by Ehud Olmert, the 12th prime minister of Israel, attempt to reveal that Israel’s continuous possession of the Promised Land will cease. That, however, is a matter that only time will reveal.

In relationship to the land issue, we reiterate the unconditional promise God gave to Abraham: “In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates” (Genesis 15:18).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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