This would never have been done without Saudi Arabia`s agreement. The Saudis were behind the Arab peace plan that called for Palestinian independence. Kelly Craft, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, celebrated the announcement and called it a „huge asset“ to President Trump and the world, and said diplomatic relations show „how hungry we are in the world“ and how Middle Eastern countries understand that they must „strongly oppose a regime that is the state`s primary sponsor of terrorism – Iran.“  Well, the U.A.E. has always been open to a closer relationship with Israel. But there were things holding him back. And the most important was the emergency situation of the Palestinians. As long as there was a consensus in the Arab world that the Palestinians were oppressed by Israel, there was no way for the U.A. to get closer to Israel, even if they were interested because they felt they had this common enemy in Iran.
President Trump`s „Deal of the Century“ to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians is a non-launcher. Sultan Qaboos bin Said of Oman hosted Mr. Netanyahu in 2018 for a state visit that Mr. Cohen placed in the absence of diplomatic relations between the two nations, and Bahrain`s tiny island empire hosted a white house-chaired conference last year to launch Mr. Trump`s plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. So quiet, Jared Kushner basically said to Netanyahu, cool. Don`t sweat it. Don`t do that now. The reason, which was sort of the moment that erupted, is an unacceptable step for the United States and the other Gulf Arab countries. They simply failed to get Israel to do that. But the fact that Netanyahu was so provocative when he said he was going to do it actually offered an opening to the U.S.
A.e.. This gave them the opportunity to make an offer to Israel. And in fact, Yousef Otaiba, our dinner character at Cafe Milano, is the guy who conveys the message. Today, for the first time in nearly 30 years, an Arab country has begun full diplomatic relations with the State of Israel.