“The three leaders who reach this agreement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, and US President Donald Trump deserve all the praise,” said David Adler, president of the Australian Jewish Association. Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday secured a landmark deal sealed by President Trump that could anticipate a broader reorientation in the region, with both agreeing to a “full normalization of relations” in exchange for Israel`s suspension of the annexation of the occupied West Bank. “The second Arab country to have made peace with Israel in 30 days,” he tweeted. Lieutenant General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo signed the document on behalf of the Sudanese government [Akuot Chol/AFP]Two powerful rebel groups – the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), led by Abdelwahid Mohamed al-Nour and the Sudan People Movement-North (SPLM-N), led by Abdelaziz al-Hilu, have not signed, however, reflecting the challenges still facing the peace process. The legacy of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, which aimed to bring peace and democracy to the country, remains deeply controversial. But the deal triggered an immediate reaction in the region from opposites on the ideological spectrum. At least some Israeli settlers and their political allies were disappointed that Mr. Netanyahu abandons his plan to claim sovereignty over the territory of the West Bank, while the Palestinians felt abandoned by an Arab nation, so they had to remain locked in an unsustainable status quo, even without the threat of annexation. And so the most important thing that has changed, frankly, is the diplomacy of the Trump administration. The Trump administration arrived in the region and tried to negotiate a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, very inclined in favor of Israel. He thought of the existence of a Palestinian state, but one that would be extremely fragmented with very little authority, much a vassal state of Israel. And it was an offer that the Palestinians looked at in advance. They refused to come to the table and left the peace process at an impasse.
What he did was prime minister Netanyahu hastily said that I would not wait for a peace deal. I will continue and annex these West Bank settlements. These are places where Jewish settlers built apartments. I will annex them in the State of Israel, with or without a peace agreement. But what he discovered was that the Europeans opposed it, the Arab states opposed it, including its potential future allies in the Gulf. And in fact, it`s interesting to note that the Trump administration wasn`t enthusiastic either. .