The United Arab Emirates and Israel have established diplomatic ties designed to normalize relations between the two countries. The historic deal was struck on Thursday and was brokered by President Trump.
The deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said.
The agreement was sealed in a phone call on Thursday between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed.
Under terms of the agreement, Israel has agreed to halt annexation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank.
The countries released a joint statement in which they thank President Trump for “his dedication to peace in the region and to the pragmatic and unique approach he has taken to achieve it.”