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As the third Arab country with an Israeli embassy, the United Arab Emirates officially opened its first-ever diplomatic mission on Israeli soil on Wednesday, a symbol of the normalization between the two countries encouraged by the administration of former American President Donald Trump.
The normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates is progressing rapidly. Following the recent inauguration of an Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi, the Emirates inaugurated their first embassy in the Jewish state on Wednesday, July 14 in Tel Aviv.
With the opening of this diplomatic mission in the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange building, the Emirates become the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to have an embassy on Israeli soil.
“The UAE and Israel are two innovation countries, we can use this creativity to work together towards a more prosperous and stable future for both our countries and the region,” said the Emirates’ Ambassador to Israel, Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh, during the inauguration Ali Al Khaja.
“This historic agreement must be extended to other countries that seek peace with Israel,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog, who attended the ceremony in the bourse’s lobby, two floors below the embassy’s offices, added, according to the AFP team Location.
Bahrain and Morocco in process of normalization with Israel
In the summer of 2020, the Emirates and Israel announced that their relations would be normalized, prompted by Donald Trump’s former US administration.
Bahrain, another Gulf monarchy, as well as Morocco and Sudan have also announced normalization deals with Israel in recent months.
At the end of June, the new head of Israeli diplomacy, Yaïr Lapid, traveled to the Emirates to inaugurate the first Israeli embassy in a Gulf state. A move welcomed by the United States, a great ally of Israel, but castigated by the Palestinians.
From Mahmoud Abbas’ secular Fatah to the Islamists of Hamas, the Palestinians have denounced these normalization agreements, calling them “treason” on the part of the Arab countries, considering that this process takes place after and not before the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. .