The measure received overwhelming support from lawmakers in an 80 to 13 vote
The Israel Parliament (Knesset) Thursday evening officially ratified a historic normalization agreement signed between Jerusalem and the UAE last month at the White House.
The measure received overwhelming support from lawmakers, passing through the chamber in an 80 to 13 vote.
In remarks delivered to Knesset before Thursday’s vote commenced, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the landmark agreement proved that Jerusalem could pave a new path with the Arab world without having to first compromise with Ramallah.
“The new order says you don’t wait for the Palestinians to make peace,” Netanyahu quipped. “This deal brings Arab and Muslim countries closer to us, who have formed a united front against Iran.”
The US-brokered treaty, known as the Abraham Accords, officially normalizes diplomatic relations between Israel and two if its Gulf Arab neighbors, the UAE and Bahrain.
“This peace will eventually expand to include other Arab states — and ultimately, it can end the Arab-Israeli conflict once and for all,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during the White House ceremony on September 15 and standing alongside US President Donald Trump.
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