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UAE and Israel to establish full diplomatic ties

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By JOSEF FEDERMAN, MATTHEW LEE and JON GAMBRELL

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Israel and the UAE are among Trump’s few close international allies,

Says a lot about Trump's global connections.

But Netanyahu said the annexation plan was on “temporary hold,”

Netanyahu is Trump-Putin-like in many ways, including being a consummate liar.

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Very clearly underwhelming headline. The most liberal website I know says what this actually is.

https://www.vox.com/2020/8/13/21366509/israel-uae-peace-deal-trump-palestine

Israel and the UAE just struck a historic peace deal. It’s a big win for Trump.

A lot of details remain to be worked out, but this is still a really big agreement.

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The historic deal delivered a key foreign policy victory to President Donald Trump

This move toward peace is bad for the Democrats. It must be stopped.

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Biden praises Israel-UAE deal as building on 'efforts of multiple administrations'

Let me guess, which other administration does he feel deserves credit for what the Trump administration has done?

ah here it is:

including the efforts of the Obama-Biden administration to build on the Arab Peace Initiative,” he added.

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IfNotNow, a more progressive, anti-occupation movement of American Jews, said there was “nothing to celebrate”.

Its political director, Emily Mayer, said the deal was an attempt by Trump and Netanyahu “to distract from their catastrophic failures in leadership as they face an ongoing pandemic, economic crisis, civil unrest, and plummeting support from the public in the US and Israel”.

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@Blacklabel

"What this actually is" is a nothing burger, that desperate Trumpites are trying to build up.

However, cracks in the deal became quickly apparent after its announcement on Thursday, with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, saying there was “no change” to his annexation plans, while the UAE insisted that it “immediately stops annexation”. (from today's Guardian...if you have any interest in real news)

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If you say anything factual about Jewish influence over US foreign policy, you will be banned from Twitter and Facebook.

so I will shut up and watch Palestinians die slowly.

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This is not good for the Fascist left wingers that don't want any peace on their plate.

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This is really big news, why all the spin? Congrats to all parties involved!

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Wasn't Rex Tillerson fired by Trump because he stopped UAE and Saudi Arabia invading Qatar?

so I will shut up and watch Palestinians die slowly.

Sadly, even if Biden/Harris win the election things won't get any better for them:

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/kamala-harris-supports-segregation-supporting-israel

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I didn’t know Israel and UAE were at war.

Just a way to keep the Palestinian issue on the back burner and solidify conflict with Iran.

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then why did Biden immediately try to take credit for it?

the most liberal website I know that hates everything Trump does (even before he does it) seems to think its a positive thing, historic and a big win in fact. Maybe the Guardian is looking at it from a UK perspective.

"What this actually is" is a nothing burger, that desperate Trumpites are trying to build up.

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Irrelevant, Emirates has no influence whatsoever on the palestinian issue.

And whoever trust Netanyahou to keep his word is as naive as a Trump supporter.

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Oman and Bahrain appear to be next to follow through with this.

Biden: Come on (O)man!

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So in exchange for diplomatic recognition by the UAE, Israel agrees to hold off on blatantly violating international law through its threatened annexation of parts of the West Bank,... for now. This sounds more like extortion than diplomacy.

Unfortunately the UAE is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy with the collapse in energy prices and the suspension of tourism/air travel.

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Establishing diplomatic ties is good, but it will have no effect on the Palestinian conflict.

But Netanyahu said the annexation plan was on “temporary hold,” appearing to contradict statements from Emirati officials who said it was off the table.

Looks like something pushed through in a hurry without establishing proper facts. There is already some discord.

Trump called the deal “a truly historic moment.”

Someone's 'Nobel' complex loud and clear.

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I won't be surprised to see one or two other Gulf Dictators (funny how that the UAE is a dictatorship isn't seen as worth mentioning directly) who are dependent on American military assistance as they attempt to crush the prodemocracy uprising in Yemen officially join the Axis of Antidemocracy in a classic case of astroturf momentum.

And, when that Axis becomes as politically toxic to the US as Saddam Hussein did, well, it won't be the President who embraced the dictator and praised the 'progressive' regime who'll be given the 1984 style condemnation, it'll be the dictators.

But the question is will the pretence work when pop culture and entertainment industry is dominated by Chinese companies and producers?

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The project to build Greater Israel continues unabated. Americans will be expected to carry on supplying blood and treasure to support it, whoever they vote for in elections.

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Absolutely fantastic news. Another great move by this President.

Just a way to keep the Palestinian issue on the back burner and solidify conflict with Iran.

Really? For all the care liberals claim to have about the Palestinians. most of the Arab world doesn't care about them, there's a lot they can do to help them out but they don't and No one will do anything for them as long as the people in Gaza refuse to protest and rid themselves of Hamas, it just won't happen, the ball is in their court.

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Really? For all the care liberals claim to have about the Palestinians. most of the Arab world doesn't care about them, there's a lot they can do to help them out but they don't and No one will do anything for them as long as the people in Gaza refuse to protest and rid themselves of Hamas, it just won't happen, the ball is in their court.

The lack of a grasp on the issues is amusing.

UAE has messed up big time in Yemen and just as trump is desperate for a Nobel, the UAE is desperate for an act to show some respectability. However just like Yemen, they seem to be messing up this also big time.

I suspect the involvement of the 2nd most incompetent person in the trump administration.

The lack of attention to details are his hallmark.

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then why did Biden immediately try to take credit for it?

New York has a 12% Jewish population, the majority of the US Treasury are Jewish, the list goes on. Election is coming! Expect more...

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The lack of a grasp on the issues is amusing.

UAE has messed up big time in Yemen and just as trump is desperate for a Nobel, the UAE is desperate for an act to show some respectability. However just like Yemen, they seem to be messing up this also big time.

I suspect the involvement of the 2nd most incompetent person in the trump administration.

The lack of attention to details are his hallmark.

Funny, how the so called left smart people for 8 years did nothing to even try and solve or workout these problems, they seemed not to grasp that reality.

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Actually, not - they've really only agreed to direct flights, and Israel refraining from further building on land it has stolen from the Palestinians. This is like rewarding a thief for putting stolen property in escrow and leaving the victim uncompensated. The land never belonged to Israel, only the land that lies withing the 1967 borders does - and that land, too, was stolen by the British and given away without the consent of its owners.

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Always something to complain about.

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@Blacklabel, bass, et al.

The most liberal website I know (x2)

bad for the Democrats. It must be stopped.

the Fascist left wingers

For all the care liberals claim to have about the Palestinians

the so called left smart people

For once it would be nice if you all refrained from making this a conservative vs. liberal issue. As has been noted, some "liberals" like Joe Biden have supported Trump's move on this. And I am sure there are some conservatives who have a problem with it.

Not all issues have to be framed as right vs. left. It's a quick way to shut down constructive discussion.

And BTW, "fascist left wingers" makes no sense.

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supported? he took credit for it! thats quite different.

Supported would be "hey thats great what Trump did, I agree with it." Not what he said, he mentioned everyone involved but the current administration.

Even so, all the Trump haters here still complaining about it. If its bad, why did Joe claim credit?

Joe Biden have supported Trump's move on this.

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Bidens full statement

“Today, Israel and the United Arab Emirates have taken a historic step to bridge the deep divides of the Middle East. The UAE’s offer to publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship. And it is a critical recognition that Israel is a vibrant, integral part of the Middle East that is here to stay. Israel can and will be a valued strategic and economic partner to all who welcome it,” Biden said in a statement. 

“The coming together of Israel and Arab states builds on the efforts of multiple administrations to foster a broader Arab-Israeli opening, including the efforts of the Obama-Biden administration to build on the Arab Peace Initiative,” he added.

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Funny, how the so called left smart people for 8 years did nothing to even try and solve or workout these problems, they seemed not to grasp that reality.

Hilarious that the trump soldiers were sleeping for 8 years and seem to be in the process of waking up to what is happening in the world.

Even so, all the Trump haters here still complaining about it. If its bad, why did Joe claim credit?

Try understanding Biden's statements and the answer is right there!!!

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It is a pretty amazing success, of course helped by the fact that the Sunni Arabs increasingly feel threatened by Iran's ambitions.

Still watching the talking heads at CNN trying to turn this positive development into some sort of anti-Trump smear is amazing. We wil see more of these contortions in the "mainstream" media.

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Trump called the deal “a truly historic moment.”

Boast when you have an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Funny coming from liberals....

As has been noted, some "liberals" like Joe Biden have supported Trump's move on this. And I am sure there are some conservatives who have a problem with it.

That’s not the majority of the Democrat party.

Not all issues have to be framed as right vs. left. It's a quick way to shut down constructive discussion.

And BTW, "fascist left wingers" makes no sense.

Sorry, I think it does, but seriously, when it comes to politics in the US, it always and sadly boils down to left and right.

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Avemger

Boast when you have an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Of course. No credit to Trump ever. No matter what, the orange guy is bad. We know.

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