Yousef Al-Otaiba: “Shalom, Peace, Welcome,” article
Under the title “Shalom, Peace, Welcome,” the UAE ambassador to Washington, Yousef Al-Otaiba, wrote an article dealing with the peace treaty his country signed with Israel, according to which Israel halted its plans to annex parts of the West Bank.
Yousef Al-Otaib hopes of peace and prosperity
Yousef Al-Otaiba said, during his article, which was published exclusively on the Israeli website, Ynet, that the UAE announced a peace treaty, a return to relations, and a gateway to a better future in various parts of the Middle East.
He added, “We also closed the door on annexation and created new dynamics in the peace process. It is an important gain for diplomacy and for the peoples of the region.”
As for what the treaty means to Emiratis, Israelis and the peoples of the region, Yousef Al-Otaib explained that closer ties will accelerate growth and innovation, expand opportunities for young people and stop long-standing prejudices, as they are two of the most vibrant economies and societies in the Middle East.
Yousef Al-Otaib, The UAE ambassador to Washington emphasized that it would also help move the region away from the turbulent legacy of hostility and conflict towards a destiny with the hope of peace and prosperity.
Yousef Al-Otaib pointed out that the return of relations had already begun this week and will gradually progress, as well as the acceleration of the announcement of new cooperation efforts in the framework of combating the emerging coronavirus pandemic, and the opening of a direct line of communication after a phone call gathered the foreign ministers to congratulate.
Yousef Al-Otaiba : The peace treaty with Israel opens wider horizons for the future
The Emirati ambassador said that the short-term plans would include talks on flights, communications, shipping, cooperation in the fields of health, water, food security, climate change, technology and energy, as well as cultural and scientific exchange, and ministerial visits, and this will be followed by an exchange of ambassadors and diplomatic missions.
Yousef Al-Otaib added that the two governments will start work on issuing reciprocal visas for tourists, students and businessmen, and with direct flights, the world’s leading airlines will provide fast access to the UAE and beyond to every major destination on Earth.
Yousef Al-Otaib pointed out that they are looking forward to welcoming the Israelis to visit their pavilion and more than a hundred others at the International Expo in Dubai in October 2021.
He pointed to other places that can be visited, such as the “Louvre” in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix race, the largest mall in the world, the tallest building, as well as the vast deserts and beautiful beaches, and many other things that can be done and seen in UAE.
Yousef Al-Otaib stressed that he looks forward to deeper links with Israel in terms of technology and content sectors and that the UAE’s experience as a global leader in the field of energy gives Israel the potential to enhance regional cooperation, in addition to being among the largest and least expensive producers of solar and alternative energy in the world.
The Emirati ambassador noted that the Emirati religious community of citizens and expatriates, the most diverse and accepting of the region, is eager to visit Israel, build deeper ties, and gather together during the Jewish Passover, Ramadan breakfast or Christmas dinner.
Yousef Al-Otaib expressed his aspiration to receive Israelis for visiting and practising religious rites at the Ibrahimi Family House in Abu Dhabi, which will soon be built, which is a multi-religious complex that will include a mosque, a church and a synagogue under one roof.
Yousef Al-Otaib said that sectarianism and regional interventions create conditions for tragedies and conflict, incite extremism and undermine stability due to centuries of misunderstanding and decades of mistrust that infuse a spirit of hostility.
He added that with this achievement, the UAE and Israel have chosen diplomacy and cooperation as the preferred pathway to confront these challenges, and we will work together, with the United States, to enhance our collective security.
He pointed out that raising awareness and strengthening capacities to address risks and threats provides reassurances, as this will allow for more regional dialogue, stressing that the ultimate goal is to encourage new thinking about the regional order, form a mentality characterized by optimism, and ease tensions.
He stressed that the immediate and most important result is Israel’s decision to accept a negotiated outcome, reject unilateral actions, and suspend plans to annex Palestinian lands, which saves time, space, and new dynamics for the peace process, and maintains the two-state solution as approved by the Arab League and the international community, And it enhances the stability of Jordan.
Based on this principle, the ambassador made it clear that the UAE will remain a strong and lasting supporter of the Palestinian people. For his dignity, rights and sovereignty of his state; They should share the benefits of normalization.
He continued: “As we have done for fifty years, we will strongly defend these goals. Now, we will do this directly, face to face, with stronger incentives, policy options and diplomatic tools.”
He concluded his article that, “It is certain that this intractable conflict and many other conflicts in our region will not be resolved in an instant, but they will not be resolved by endless violence or by following the same dead ends. The potential of the region, and the hopes of the people, are lost.” But he stressed that the UAE and Israel will try Now challenge this fate.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, US President Donald Trump, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed, in a phone call, to initiate full bilateral relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
Following the call, it was announced that “Israel will stop the plan to annex Palestinian lands,” based on the request and support of the UAE.
In addition to stopping the plan to annex the Palestinian territories, the peace treaty included the UAE and Israel continuing their efforts to reach a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue, and allowing all Muslims to come to visit and pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Reaching this treaty – which prevented Israel from annexing the Jordan Valley and settlements in the West Bank, which the Palestinians estimated at about 30% of the West Bank – is clear evidence of the wisdom of Emirati diplomacy.
UAE-Israel agreement appreciation
The announcement of the peace treaty was widely welcomed by the Arab and international community. Arab countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, the Sultanate of Oman and Mauritania, congratulated the UAE on reaching this historic agreement.
Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Greece, Kosovo, Italy, Japan, Belgium, Canada, India and South Korea, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and many politicians, leaders and officials around the world praised the peace treaty, describing it as a historic step that enhances the achievement of peace opportunities in the Middle East.