Details of Israeli Deal With UAE, Bahrain Only to Be Revealed on Tuesday, Official Says

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Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat elbow bumps with an Emirati official as he makes his way to board the plane to leave Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, September 1, 2020.
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Noa Landau
Noa Landau
Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – The details of the agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and the United States will only be revealed on Tuesday because of understandings reached between the four countries, an official traveling with the Israeli delegation to Washington has told Haaretz.

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Earlier on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli delegation landed in the United States ahead of a ceremony to sign agreements normalizing ties with the UAE and Bahrain. 

The official said that since four countries are involved, the details remain sensitive, but did however say that there will be two seperate signings; a peace treaty with the Emirates and a declaration of peace with Bahrain, which will follow the usual procedure of past international agreements and will be brought for the approval of the government and Knesset.

A senior American official later told reporters that an identical agreement will be signed between all parties (dubbed "The Abraham Accord"). Separate bilateral agreements will be signed at a later date, the official said. 

Concerning the sale of F-35 jets, the official said such a deal is being considered while taking into account Israel's security and qualitative military edge. 

Both agreements mention collaborations in diverse fields, however, regarding the Emirates, all issues of normalization and civic cooperation will not be signed Tuesday, but will be added to the agreement later on, the official said. 

The source also added that the difference between these agreement and the ones with Egypt and Jordan is that they do not end a war or dispute. "Everything related to political issues, including the Palestinians, will be published later," he said, adding that Netanyahu will be signing the agreements in front of U.S. President Donald Trump and the ministers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Omar Saif Ghobash, an aide to the UAE's minister of foreign affairs, said on Monday that "Peace with Israel will also serve the Palestinians. We could serve the Palestinian agenda much better than if we were standing at the sidelines."

The Israeli delegation does not include any members of Defense Minister Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan party, Netanyahu's coalition partner, as both Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi have been excluded from the delegation.

According to a letter from the Attorney General to the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu intends to bring the agreements to the Knesset for approval. Up until now, it was customary that after the government's approval and the signing ceremony, international peace agreements and treaties are submitted for Knesset approval, although this has never been regulated by direct legislation and is therefore not binding.

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