The Israeli parliament on Thursday, October 15, approved an agreement to normalize relations between the Jewish state and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This was reported by the Israeli radio station Kan.
The document was supported by 80 out of 120 members of the unicameral parliament. Now the agreement must be ratified by the country’s government.
The agreements were signed on September 15 by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdel Latif al-Zayani. The event was held at the White House in the presence of US President Donald Trump, his wife Melania, and invited guests.
One of the points of the document implies Israel’s suspension of the extension of its sovereignty to Jewish settlements in the West Bank of the Jordan River. This condition is spelled out in Washington’s plan for the settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
The signing of the agreements was condemned in Palestine. They recalled their ambassador to the UAE and called the actions of Abu Dhabi aggression against its people and disregard for their rights and shrines.
On October 7, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said that at least three or four more countries could join agreements on normalizing relations with Israel in the next two months.