Announced on Aug. 13, the ‘normalization’ deal is the first such accommodation between an Arab country and Israel in more than 20 years and was catalyzed largely by shared fears of Iran.Palestinians were dismayed by the UAE’s move, worried that it would weaken a long-standing pan-Arab position that called for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory – and acceptance of Palestinian statehood – in return for normal relations with Arab countries.Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and national security adviser Robert O’Brien head the US delegation. The Israeli team is led by O’Brien’s counterpart, Meir Ben-Shabbat. Officials will explore bilateral cooperation in areas such as commerce and tourism, and Israeli defence envoys are due to visit the UAE separately.Israeli officials hope the two-day trip will produce a date for a Washington signing ceremony, perhaps as early as September, between Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. Topics : That could give Trump a foreign policy boost ahead of his re-election bid in November. In Jerusalem on Sunday, Kushner said the deal was a “giant step forward.”The Trump administration has tried to coax other Sunni Arab countries concerned about Iran to engage with Israel. The most powerful of those, Saudi Arabia, has signalled it is not ready.But in what could presage a more relaxed posture by Riyadh, the El Al plane on Monday will be allowed to overfly Saudi territory to cut flight time.In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive committee, said Kushner and his team were “scrambling to convince as many Arab and Muslim leaders as possible” to give Trump an election boost.”They will be a prop at the backdrop of a meaningless spectacle for a ridiculous agreement that will not bring peace to the region,” she said. Top aides to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fly to the United Arab Emirates on Monday to put the final touches on a pact establishing open relations between the Gulf power and Israel.Even before discussions start in Abu Dhabi, the delegates will have made aviation history by taking an Israeli commercial airliner – the word “peace” printed in Arabic, English and Hebrew above a cockpit window of the El Al Boeing 737 – directly from Tel Aviv to the UAE capital over Saudi territory.”That’s what peace for peace looks like,” Netanyahu tweeted, hailing what he termed a historic flight and describing a deal for formal ties with an Arab state that does not entail handover of land that Israel captured in a 1967 war.
Danny Trevathan will not hit the open market after the Chicago Bears signed the linebacker to a three-year contract extension.The Bears have confirmed Trevathan, 29, has signed new terms on a deal reportedly worth $21.75 million, with $14 million guaranteed. NFL FREE AGENCY: SN’s franchise tag trackerInitially drafted by the Denver Broncos — with whom he won the Super Bowl — as a sixth-round pick in 2012, he has spent the past four years in Chicago.”Bringing Danny back is a key re-signing for us,” said Bears general manager Ryan Pace.”Not only is he a great inside linebacker and great leader on our team, he is a big part of our culture. We are proud to have him under contract in Chicago for three more seasons.”Good [email protected]_59’s BACK. pic.twitter.com/fU7SFfzBTz— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) March 14, 2020Trevathan added: “You never know what’s going to happen in free agency but luckily they brought to me a good offer and they took good care of me. “I feel like it’s something special when you have people having your back. It makes you want to work hard for the common goal, which is to get to the Super Bowl. My work here is not done.”Elsewhere, the New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year extension with special teams star Matthew Slater, who made his eighth Pro Bowl last year.Deals are increasing in frequency as NFL teams finalize their plans ahead of the start of free agency on March 18. read more