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Newsline: UAE to open embassy in Israel in 3-5 months

A senior Emirati official has said that his country will open an embassy in Israel within three to five months, according to an Israeli daily on Friday. Israel Hayom quoted an unnamed UAE Foreign Ministry official as saying: “I think the Israelis will be able to obtain travel visa to the UAE from an embassy that will open in Israel after three to five months from now.” (https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/uae-to-open-embassy-in-israel-in-3-5-months-official/1963410) Earlier this week, the Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that officials from both sides discussed opening embassies in Israel and the UAE during talks that took place in Abu Dhabi with the participation of US officials. The same Israeli newspaper also quoted the Emirati official as saying: “Abu Dhabi is considering opening a consulate in Haifa or Nazareth that works alongside the embassy in Israel.” On Monday, the first Israeli commercial flight landed in Abu Dhabi as a practical step in implementing the normalization deal with Israel, also passing over Saudi airspace. On Aug. 13, the UAE and Israel announced a US-brokered agreement to normalize their relations, including opening embassies in each other’s territory.

Newsline: UAE to establish embassy in Israel’s Tel Aviv

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will establish an embassy in Tel Aviv, its Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash said at a video conference with U.S.-based Atlantic Council think-tank. Gargash said when a normalization agreement with Israel announced last week is signed, “Abu Dhabi will have its embassy in Tel Aviv based on international consensus to a two-state solution.” “The embassy will be in Tel Aviv. This is very clear,” he said. (https://www.dailysabah.com/world/mid-east/uae-to-establish-embassy-in-israels-tel-aviv) Asked about achievements reached in the deal, he said: “The most concrete achievement was to stop the annexation of Palestinian lands” and reiterated the UAE’s commitment to a two-state solution. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, however, has said he agreed to delay annexation in the occupied West Bank as part of a normalization deal, but the plans remain “on the table”. The agreement has long-term gains, said Gargash, and “certainly, this step will create opportunities. Our economy is bigger than Israel’s. Israel has great opportunities here (in the UAE).”

Newsline: Israel and the United Arab Emirates reach historic deal to normalize diplomatic relations

Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal on Thursday that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement that U.S. President Donald Trump helped broker. Under the agreement, Israel has agreed to suspend applying sovereignty to areas of the West Bank that it has been discussing annexing, senior White House officials told Reuters. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-emirates-trump/with-trumps-help-israel-and-the-united-arab-emirates-reach-historic-deal-to-normalize-relations-idUSKCN25926W) The peace deal was the product of lengthy discussions between Israel, the UAE and the United States that accelerated recently, White House officials said. The agreement was sealed in a phone call on Thursday between Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, crown prince of Abu Dhabi.