Netanyahu thanks Egypt, Oman, Bahrain for their ‘support’ of UAE deal
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Netanyahu thanks Egypt, Oman, Bahrain for their ‘support’ of UAE deal

PM says agreement will expand ‘the circle of peace and will be good for the entire region’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 27, 2018. (Avi Ohayon / PMO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 27, 2018. (Avi Ohayon / PMO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday thanked the leaders of Egypt, Oman and Bahrain for their “support” of the agreement to normalize ties with the UAE.

While Israeli newspapers overwhelmingly welcomed the accord, Palestinian media condemned the “triple aggression against Palestinian rights,” referring to Israel, the Emirates and the deal’s broker, the United States.

In the West Bank city of Nablus, protesters set ablaze posters of the leaders of the three countries.

Netanyahu, for his part, thanked Arab supporters of the normalization.

“I thank Egyptian President al-Sisi, and the governments of Oman and Bahrain, for their support of the historic peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which is expanding the circle of peace and will be good for the entire region,” Netanyahu tweeted.

Israel has two official peace treaties with Arab states — Egypt, since 1979, and Jordan, signed in 1994.

The US administration launched a peace plan for the Middle East in January that would see the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab states of the Gulf.

The Israeli press said Bahrain or Oman, but also Sudan, could be next.

During a February visit to Uganda, Netanyahu met with Sudan’s leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, saying they had “agreed to start cooperation leading to normalization” between their countries.

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