Israel has reached a third peace treaty with the Arab world, and the first with a Gulf Arab state. The United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties in exchange for the Israelis suspending their planned annexation of West Bank territory in Judea and Samaria. 

The two sides agreed to the deal while on a phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, marking Israel’s first peace treaty with an Arab country in 25 years. President Trump was happy to announce the deal on Thursday on Twitter. He told reporters in the Oval Office that it was “a truly historic moment.”

“Now that the ice has been broken I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates,” Trump added.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent a strong message of support for the deal.

“This is a remarkable achievement for two of the world’s most forward-leaning, technologically advanced states, and reflects their shared regional vision of an economically integrated region,” he said in a statement. “It also illustrates their commitment to confronting common threats, as small — but strong — nations.”

“Blessed are the peacemakers. Mabruk and Mazal Tov,” he added.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said that “the UAE’s offer to publicly recognize the State of Israel is a welcome, brave and badly-needed act of statesmanship. Annexation would be a bloody blow to the course of peace.” He added that he opposed annexation now and would do so again if he is elected president.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the deal “full, formal peace” with “one of the strongest countries in the world.” He sent a message in Arabic to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed: “Salam Aleykum v’Shalom Aleynu,” which translates to “peace unto you and peace unto us.”