The Emirati and Israeli sides are proceeding with accelerated steps to activate the normalization of relations we announced, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the terms of the agreement and his difference from the previous Israeli-Arab agreements.
In a televised speech on Sunday, Netanyahu said, "This is the first peace agreement between Israel and an Arab state in 26 years, and it differs from its predecessors in that it relies on two principles: peace for peace, and peace out of strength."
He added, "According to this doctrine, Israel is not required to withdraw from any lands, and the two countries will reap together the fruits of full, open and open peace in all fields of investment, trade, tourism, energy, health, agriculture, environment, and in other areas, including security."
He stressed that the agreement stipulates the extension of "sovereignty" over a large area of the West Bank, and that there has been no change to the plan to annex lands from the West Bank, after the initial announcement of normalization indicated that the annexation plan was "frozen".
In other statements today, Netanyahu said that it is important to adopt secrecy regarding the subsequent steps that Israel seeks to achieve, as happened in the agreement with the UAE.
The British newspaper The Independent quoted Emirati officials as saying that the UAE had not obtained guarantees from Israel to stop annexing parts of the West Bank.
The newspaper quoted Omar Ghobash, assistant to the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs for Foreign Affairs, Culture and Public Diplomacy, as saying that there are no conditions related to his country's agreement with Israel.
Ghobash added, in response to Palestinian criticism of the agreement, that "the UAE is an independent state, and it is not the Palestinians who determine the nature of its relationship with Israel."
Dispatching Mossad and launching communications
In the same context, Israeli radio confirmed that the head of the Mossad, Yossi Cohen, would travel to the Emirates to meet with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, in order to finalize the agreement to normalize relations between the two countries.
The two sides announced today the launch of direct phone calls, as the Director of Strategic Communication at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hind Maneh Al-Otaiba said - in a tweet on Twitter - that the UAE Foreign Ministers Abdullah bin Zayed and Israel Gabi Ashkenazi "have inaugurated the lines of communication between the UAE and the State of Israel, and exchanged congratulations. They affirmed their commitment to fulfilling the terms of the peace treaty between the two countries. "
Bahrain, Oman and Sudan
In light of the expectations of other countries making normalization with Israel, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said in a statement to the Israeli Army Radio today, "Other agreements will be signed with more Gulf countries and Islamic countries in Africa."
He continued, "I think that Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman are definitely on the agenda. In addition, in my estimation, there is, in my estimation, an opportunity already next year for a peace agreement with other countries in Africa, especially Sudan."
As for the biggest target in the path of normalization, it is Saudi Arabia, according to the statements of US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien in an interview with the US "NBC" channel.
O'Brien said that the Emirati-Israeli agreement "constitutes a great achievement, and it requires great courage from the leaders, and there is hope to build on what has been achieved."
In response to a question about whether Saudi Arabia could be the next country to conclude an agreement with Israel, O'Brien said that it is possible and that he hopes that “King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will see this achievement, and realize that it will be great for Saudi Arabia and the Arabs. And Muslims. "
The US official added that the exit from the nuclear agreement signed with Iran in 2015 was the basis for the normalization agreement between the UAE and Israel.
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas affirmed - in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron - that neither the UAE nor any other country has the right to speak in the name of the Palestinian people.
He added that if any other Arab country took a similar step, the same position that was taken towards the UAE would be taken, stressing that he would not accept that the Palestinian issue be used as a pretext for normalization.
Abbas indicated that Netanyahu had explicitly confirmed that the annexation plan was still on the table, and that what had happened was a temporary suspension.
For his part, Macron explained that his country welcomed the trilateral agreement between the United States, Israel and the UAE, because it will contribute to pushing the peace process forward in the region according to his opinion, and reiterated the need to reach a political solution in accordance with the two-state vision and international law.
The Al-Jazeera correspondent confirmed that the Palestinian ambassador to the UAE, Essam Masalha, arrived this afternoon in Ramallah after being summoned, in protest against normalization between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv.
The Secretary of the Palestinian Fatah movement, Jibril Rajoub, confirmed in an interview with Al-Jazeera Mubasher that the authority had withdrawn the ambassador from the UAE, and that he would not return.
In the context of the Palestinian reactions, the Palestinian ambassador to Iraq, Ahmed Akl, said - in an interview with Al-Jazeera Net - that "despite our knowledge of the relations between the UAE and Israel since 2015, the surprise is the way in which the UAE announced its agreement after Trump's failure in the deal of the century."
Aql added that the agreement, which both Trump and Netanyahu considered a historic peace agreement, was made via a phone call, "and this gives the impression that Trump's electoral fortunes are low, which prompted him to do this in order to achieve progress in his international foreign relations."
He stressed that all the terms of the agreement are not in the interest of the Emirates, and have nothing to do with the Palestinian issue, noting that the Israeli annexation plan was stopped before the announcement of that agreement.
Meanwhile, tension between the UAE and Iran increased following the announcement of normalization with Israel, as the Emirates News Agency said today that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Chargé d'Affairs at the Iranian embassy in Abu Dhabi, to inform him in protest against the speech of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The agency quoted the Iranian Chargé d'Affairs to a "strong protest note" due to "this unacceptable and inflammatory speech that carries serious repercussions on security and stability in the Arab Gulf region."
In his speech on Saturday, Rouhani said that the UAE had made a "big mistake" by agreeing to normalize relations with Israel, strongly condemning what he described as "a betrayal of the Muslims, the Palestinian people and Jerusalem."
Iranian Chief of Staff Muhammad Bagheri warned today that Iran's dealings with the UAE will change radically after the normalization of its relations with Israel.
The Iranian Defense Minister, Major General Amir Hatami, also said that the agreement to normalize relations between the UAE and Israel is a betrayal of the Palestinian people and the peoples of the region.