Pompeo Heads To Israel And Arab States As U.S. Pushes Further Peace Deals

ICBPS– The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to visit Israel on Monday, then United Arab Emirates (UAE) a day later to talk about the nations’ normalization deal, according to sources.

The Donald Trump administration will send its top official to the Middle East in the coming week in a bid to capitalize on the momentum from the historic treaty between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi to establish diplomatic relations.

On Pompeo’s agenda will be the security challenges posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) and China in the region, stated the sources, who denied to be identified by name or nationality.

Israel and the UAE announced earlier this month that they would normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship.

Under the accord, which United States President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the disputed West Bank, said Algemeiner.

The deal likewise firms up opposition to regional malignant IRI, which the UAE, Israel, and the United States consider as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East.

Further, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Special Representative for international negotiations Avi Berkowitz, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brian, and outgoing Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook are expected to travel Israel and the UAE at the beginning of September, the Jerusalem Post quoted the sources.

The peace team is also looking into possible visits in further Arab countries – such as Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar – during the trip to the region.

U.S. officials and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have stated that the UAE was just the first of several Arab nations expected to sign deals with Jerusalem. The next countries to formalize ties with Israel might be Bahrain and Oman.

On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump, however, declared he believed Saudi Arabia would agree to a deal with Israel as the Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal , on Friday, said Riadh would only consider doing so if such a deal included an agreement for a two-state solution at the pre-1967 lines with east Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel has never agreed to that formula. Trump’s peace plan has called for a two-state solution in which the Palestinians receive 70% of the West Bank and neighborhoods in east Jerusalem outside the boundaries of the security barrier.

While the UAE claims to have won a concession for the Palestinians as part of the deal, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has been clear that he remains committed to annexation. Palestinian leaders slammed the UAE deal as a betrayal that damaged their cause.

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