The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement stressing that as a member of the UN Security Council and the Quartet, it supported the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He noted that the agreement suspended the annexation of parts of the West Bank, which he described as an important element of the agreement, and said that the annexation plans were a major obstacle to the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.  Russian President Vladimir Putin said on August 24 in a telephone conversation with Netanyahu that he hoped the agreement would strengthen the stability and security of the Middle East.  Unlike the handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the White House or the Camp David agreement between Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Menachem Begin of Israel in 1978, this agreement is more pragmatic, less historic and symbolic, rather than a product of calculation than history. Every page gets something, every page gives up something. It`s a market that`s been boiled by bad relations. A4: Contrary to some comments, these agreements are more important to the Arab world than to Israel. Israelis can derive some degree of emotional security from the fact that they feel less isolated in the region and they could benefit from some marginal advantages that they would not otherwise have been able to obtain in their struggle with Iran. But it will radically change the way Arab states deal with each other and their problems. In many ways, this is a declaration of independence from the Arab world, which it apparently has not concluded to meet one of the challenges they face and lead them into struggles they cannot win. The Emiratis believe that they have the strength and confidence to treat every country in the world bilaterally without 20 other countries supporting them.
If the pact were respected, the UAE would be only the third Arab country to have normal diplomatic relations with Israel, with Egypt, which signed a peace agreement in 1979, and Jordan, which signed a treaty in 1994. It could reorganise the long-running impasse in the region and perhaps lead other Arab nations to follow suit by forging an increasingly explicit alliance with Israel against their mutual enemy in Iran, while at least for the time being removing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s explosive annexation plan.
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