Israel-UAE deal: What they said

Palestinian officials say the US-brokered Israel-UAE peace deal 'stabs their people in the back'.
Palestinian officials say the US-brokered Israel-UAE peace deal 'stabs their people in the back'.

The announcement that Israel and United Arab Emirates will establish full diplomatic ties, in a peace deal brokered by the US, aroused a range of reactions.

Here's what some of the key players said:

"HUGE breakthrough today! Historic Peace Agreement between our two GREAT friends, Israel and the United Arab Emirates," President Donald Trump tweeted.

"Today we usher in a new era of peace between Israel and the Arab world," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. "There is a good chance we will soon see more Arab countries joining this expanding circle of peace."

UN Chief Antonio Gutteres welcomed 'Any initiative that can promote peace and security in the middle east region.'

Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden described the deal as a historic step and the UAE'S decision to recognise Israel as 'A welcome, brave, and badly-needed act of statesmanship'.

UK PM Boris Johnson described the decision to normalise relations as 'hugely good news'.

Among Arab neighbours, Egypt and Jordan, which both already have active ties with Israel, welcomed the deal as a step toward bringing peace to the middle east.

"If Israel dealt with it as an incentive to end occupation ... it will move the region towards a just peace," Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said.

However Palestinian representatives were outraged by the development.

Top official Hanan Ashrawi, wrote on Twitter- "The UAE has come out in the open on its secret dealings/normalisation with Israel. Please don't do us a favour. We are nobody's fig leaf!"

"This announcement is a reward for the Israeli occupation's crimes," said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. "The normalisation is a stabbing in the back of our people."

Australian Associated Press