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Bennett cheers for ‘groundbreaking’ Abraham Accord on 1-year anniversary

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the Abrahamic Agreement, lauding the “groundbreaking” agreements in which Israel normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco.

Bennett, who has not commented publicly on the agreements since becoming prime minister, called the “new and important chapter in the history of peace in the Middle East” established under the previous US administrations led by his predecessors Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump. praised.

“The State of Israel will continue to develop, deepen and expand ties between countries, as well as work to develop ties with other countries in the region,” Bennett said.

His remarks come hours before US President Joe Biden’s administration met on Friday to celebrate normalization deals with Israeli and Arab leaders.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s virtual meeting with his counterparts in Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco is symbolic of former President Trump’s full embrace of what he sees as one of his top foreign policy legacies.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said earlier this week that the administration was “thrilled” to celebrate the anniversary of the Abraham Accords, using the name given by the Trump administration, which the Biden team had previously attended.

“We strongly support these agreements and we look forward to pursuing other opportunities to enhance cooperation between Israel and countries around the world,” Price said.

“We also hope that as Israel and other countries in the region join in a common effort to build bridges and create new avenues for dialogue and exchange, we will continue to advance the peace of dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians. have been able to make concrete progress towards the goal of the

Critics of Trump’s approach accused him of pursuing Arab reconciliation with Israel as an alternative to meaningful efforts to advance the rights of the Palestinians, who had refused mediation by the previous administration, which they called biased. as seen.

The United Arab Emirates, followed by Bahrain and Morocco, became the first Arab state in decades to normalize relations with Israel, which only had peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan.

Notably absent from Friday’s commemoration will be Sudan, whose new civilian-backed government – desperate for US support – promised Trump last October to move forward with Israel, but has since hesitated due to public protests. Is.

Biden’s National Security Council director for the Middle East, Barbara Leif, told Jewish leaders last month that the White House was working on bringing the Sudan-Israel deal “over the finish line” but that no progress had been made.

Sudanese protesters burn Israeli flags during a rally against the signing of their country’s recent agreement on normalizing ties with the Jewish state, outside cabinet offices in the capital Khartoum on January 17, 2021 (Ashraf Shajli/AFP)

Sudan declined an invitation by the Israeli mission to the United Nations to attend a one-year anniversary event along with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco on Monday. However, its ambassador to the US, Nooreldine Satti, was present on Tuesday at a similar event hosted by Trump’s former senior adviser Jared Kushner. He quickly exited, managing to avoid a group photo of representatives of the countries involved in the normalization agreements.

Arab states’ warmth for Israel came as Trump broke long-standing US policy by promising the United Arab Emirates state-of-the-art F-35 warplanes and recognizing Morocco’s claims to Western Sahara.

Biden has not changed any of the decisions, although his administration says it is overseeing the sale to the Emirati military.

Jacob Magid contributed to this report.

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