The United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates) and Bahrain have signed agreements to normalize relations with Israel as part of a strategic reorientation of The Middle East countries vis-à-vis Iran. On 16 August 2020, Israel and the United Arab Emirates opened direct telephone services. [15] The emigrating company APEX National Investment and the Israeli group Tera have signed an agreement on partners in research on COVID-19, making it the first commercial contract between the companies of the two countries since the normalization of relations. [137] Mossad Director Yossi Cohen arrived in the United Arab Emirates on 18 August to discuss security policy cooperation, regional developments and issues with national security advisor Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan with National Security Adviser Tayoun al-Zayed Al Nahyan. It was the first visit by an Israeli official since the agreement was announced. [138] The United Arab Emirates officially ended its boycott of Israel on 29 August. [139] The agreements are the first such agreements between Israel and an Arab state since 1994, when the Jewish state established diplomatic relations with Jordan. They are also a further step towards the formation of a de facto alliance between Israel and the Sunni Arab monarchies of the Gulf against their common enemy, Shiite Iran. Pressure on Iran was a central focus of Trump`s foreign policy, and Trump officials worked to build a common regional front against Tehran, in which Saudi Arabia played an important role. Ordinary Palestinians turned to social media to protest the deal and some also insulted Vae.

Meanwhile, Abbas Zaki, a member of Fatah`s Central Committee, called the agreement a breakdown of the Arab consensus on the management of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He accused the United Arab Emirates of betraying Arabs and Palestinians before asking the ANP to withdraw its ambassador from the United Arab Emirates and also called on the Arab League to cancel the 2002 Arab peace initiative. [68] U.S. President Donald Trump held a White House ceremony On Tuesday that launched a dramatic month of capping the ceremony, as the United Arab Emirates and then Bahrain declared their readiness to normalize relations without resolving Israel`s decades-long conflict with the Palestinians who condemned the agreements. Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have signed agreements to establish formal relations, ending a decades-long taboo in Arab diplomacy that in fact pushes priorities in the Middle East. Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the agreement would pave the way for peace agreements with other nations and welcomed the suspension of unilateral annexation. Yesh Atid`s chairman Yair Lapid welcomed the agreement as a «important step» for normalization with the UAE and said it showed mutual agreements are the path to be path to be path for Israel`s relations with other nations, instead of unilateral steps like annexation.