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'A new era is commencing today'

'Israel showed it is ready to make peace, PA got a very gracious offer,' says Kushner in joint statement with Netanyahu and Robert O'Brien.

Arutz Sheva Staff , | updated: 3:35 PM

Netanyahu with Kushner
Netanyahu with Kushner
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu delivered a joint statement together with US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien and Senior US Presidential Adviser Jared Kushner Sunday afternoon.

“For far too long Palestinians had veto on peace between Israel and the Arab world. If we have to wait for them we will wait forever," said Netanyahu at the opening of the press conference.

The Israeli premier went on to predict that the new peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates will provide dividends not only to the two countries and the region, but to the world.

"We also stand ready to till the fields of peace and bring its fruits to our people and the world."

There are "many more" secret talks currently underway with moderate Arab states towards additional peace deals modeled after the upcoming UAE-Israel treaty. "There are others that are in line."

"There are many more unpublished meetings with Arab and Muslim leaders to normalize relations with the state of Israel."

US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien also touted the deal between Israel and the UAE, calling it the "most significant" step to peace in the region in a quarter of a century.

"The Abraham Accords represent the most significant step towards peace in the Middle East in 25 years. The UAE is the first major Arab state to recognize Israel since Jordan did so in 1994."

"Soon these two powers in the region will exchange ambassadors and begin cooperation on a broad range of deals, including education, health care, trade, security and finance. Combining Israel's innovation and creativity with the UAE's financial centers and capital is going to establish something that is truly incredible for the Middle East."

"On the religious and cultural front, Muslims who wish to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque will be able to fly from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv, where they will be welcomed. Israel's security continues to be strengthened."

"We believe that other Arab countries will soon follow the United Arab Emirate's lead and normalize relations with Israel."

"A new era is commencing today. Tomorrow we will take off on an El Al flight from Ben Gurion and land at Abu Dhabi International Airport. This will be the first-ever commercial flight between these new partner nations."

O'Brien mentioned the Trump administration's moves over the past three years vis-a-vis Israel, including recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and reversing the Obama-era policy of viewing Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria as being illegal under international law.

"The Trump administration concluded that the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not per se inconsistent with international law, notwithstanding what the United Nations' claims."

President Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner said the president has been "writing a script for a new Middle East, has been standing strongly with America's friends... he has reversed 20 years of bad outcomes in the Middle East."

"Today we celebrate a historic breakthrough for peace, and it has been a long and winding road to get here."

"This is an accomplishment that does not happen often and does not happen easily."

Like O'Brien, Kushner highlighted Trump's pro-Israel bona fides, and emphasized the administration's efforts to block Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

"President Trump immediately stood up for Israel at the United Nations against the rampant anti-Semitism by injecting common sense and pragmatism into the debate and really pushing things forward."

"Just two weeks ago, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the snap-back of all United Nations sanctions against Iran."

"President Trump kept his promise and recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and quickly moved his embassy here in Jerusalem."

"President Trump then recognized Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights."

"On January 28th of this year, we released President Trump's vision for peace, which is a pragmatic and realistic blueprint of how we can have peace in this region. It is based on the facts as they exist. It shows that the United States understands Israel's security needs."

"This shows the world that Israel was ready to make peace. And the offer that's been made to the Palestinians is a very gracious, realistic offer. And when they are ready to make peace, they now have the opportunity to do so."



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