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According to Israeli media, a UAE delegation is expected to arrive in Israel on October 20 to discuss accord details.

Israeli parliament Knesset on Thursday ratified the UAE-Israel peace agreement to normalise relations between the two countries.

UAE and Bahrain are the third and fourth Arab states to sign peace agreements with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan.

The cabinet had earlier on Monday unanimously approved the U.S.-brokered peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates that was signed at the White House on September 15.

After the Knesset vote, the agreement will be returned to the cabinet for ratification after which it will enter into force in Israel. After the UAE ratifies the agreement, both countries can formally establish diplomatic relations. The Knesset began at 11am (Israeli time) with opening remarks from Speaker Yariv Levin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented the UAE-Israel peace agreement. 

“This is a day with few like it in the history of the country; a day when a peace agreement with an Arab state is brought for approval by the Knesset,” the prime minister said in his opening remarks.
“We are presenting a peace agreement that does not contain secret addenda, it does not contain concealed appendices. Today we are tightening our relations with the Emirates and doing so during to our constant struggle against coronavirus,” he said.

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid also delivered an address.

The 120 members of the Parliament attended the debate that lasted for more than eight hours. 
Member of Knesset Michal Cotler-Wunsh stated that the “paradigm shift taking place in the Middle East challenges the misconceptions we have all been held hostage to for years, potentially marking the official ‘beginning of the end’ of the “Arab-Israeli Conflict.”

“The Abraham Accords represent a fundamental pivot from the rejectionism manifested in the ‘Three No’s’ of the 1967 Khartoum Conference and reflect a historic transition towards the ‘Three Yes’s’ – YES to Recognition, YES to Negotiation, and YES to Peace.” She added, “The Abraham Accords are founded upon the values we share – as religions and as peoples. Rather than emphasizing our differences and sounding extremist voices, they reflect the views of ‘the silent majority’, striving for normalization, dignity, and tolerance.”

Minister of Aliya and Intergration MK Pnina Tamano Shata shared, “For an elected official it is an honour to serve during a period when historical agreements take place. I am full of hope that we will be able to lead to further agreements and accomplishments in order to strengthen regional security and stability in the Middle East as a whole, and for the citizens by whom I was elected.”

On Monday, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Netanyahu spoke over phone and both leaders discussed strengthening bilateral ties and the prospects for peace in the region.

The two sides also discussed a number of various issues including strengthening cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus, ways to empower youth in the region, the principles or tolerance and cooperation and the importance of dialogue in building friendships and lasting peace, State media WAM reported.

According to Israeli media, a UAE delegation is expected to arrive in Israel on October 20 to discuss the details of the 18 separate normalisation agreement. The Emirate delegation will attend meetings at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry to finalise the deal.

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Anjana Sankar


Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.







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