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There has been an ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine surrounding the West Bank with the two sides, with Israel seeking to annex the West Bank. This week, Donald Trump announced the peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, allowing for full normalized relations between the two nations.
CNN reports that speaking to the reporters who were present at the White House, Trump revealed that he was in a conference call with the leaders from both countries, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and UAE crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Trump also revealed that during the call, both leaders have reached a peace agreement, which will also see Israel temporarily suspend its plans to fully take control of the West Bank.
“This is a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure, and prosperous Middle East,” said Trump. The president also hinted that other countries are going to do the same as the UAE.
The deal would be known as the Abraham Accord, named after the “father of all three great faiths; Christian, Muslim, and Jewish,” said David Friedman, the US Ambassador to Israel.
However, while Netanyahu expressed his support for the peace deal between Israel and UAE, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas opposed the deal, reasoning that the agreement is betraying Jerusalem. The Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian militant group Hamas also opposed the peace deal made between Israel and the UAE.
“The Palestinian leadership rejects what the United Arab Emirates has done and considers it a betrayal of Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa mosque, and the Palestinian cause. This deal is a de facto recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” said Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Adu Reideneh.
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Trump reasoned that children only suffer from mild symptoms of COVID-19 with a very rare chance of also suffering from complications. Contrary to Trump’s claim, a study made by the Centers for Disease Control found that younger people may still be suffering from the virus for several weeks, even in young adults who do not have existing conditions.