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On August 13, 2020, Anwar Gargash, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, announced the UAE`s agreement for the normalization of relations with Israel and said that his country wanted to address the threats facing the two-state solution, including the annexation of palestinian territories, and called on Palestinians and Israelis to return to the negotiating table. He hinted that he did not think there would be an embassy in Jerusalem until there was a final agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis. [30] According to US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “Israel and the UAE will completely normalize diplomatic relations. They will exchange messages and ambassadors and engage in large-scale cooperation in a wide range of areas such as tourism, education, health, trade and security. [31] Before the recent agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan were the only Arab nations to have concluded a formal peace agreement with the Jewish state. Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the agreement would pave the way for peace agreements with other nations and welcomed the suspension of unilateral annexation. Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid hailed the deal as an “important step” for normalization with the UAE and said it showed that mutual agreements are the way forward for Israel`s relations with other nations rather than unilateral measures like annexation. Israeli Labor Party leader Amir Peretz also shared his views and said Israel`s development and security smile in such deals. He hoped for a similar deal with the Palestinians. [37] The lack of meaningful protests in the UAE, Bahrain and Sudan following their agreements with Israel could also help pave the way for Saudi Arabia to follow suit, the Israeli official said.

Despite the temporary humiliation, the episode did not appear to harm Mr. Netanyahu or harm diplomacy between the two countries. Less than two months later, they took full diplomatic relations. Ordinary Palestinians protested the deal on social media and some also insulted the UAE. Meanwhile, Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah`s Central Committee, called the agreement a breakdown of the Arab consensus on the management of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He accused the UAE of betraying Arabs and Palestinians before pushing the NAP to withdraw its ambassador from the UAE, and also called on the Arab League to end the 2002 Arab peace initiative. [68] Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said the deal should be pursued by Israel by abandoning any plan to annex parts of the West Bank and that if the agreement could lead to its withdrawal from the Palestinian territories, it would bring the Middle East closer to peace. . . .

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