The Knesset, Israel’s 120-member parliament, will vote next week to ratify the peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates, a source close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells ALL ARAB NEWS.
The historic deal, brokered by President Donald Trump, was first announced on Aug. 15th.
The Abraham Accords were signed by the UAE, Bahrain, Israel and the United States at a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 15.
The Accords spelled out the broad principles of agreement between the countries.
However, the minute details of the actual full peace treaty between Israel and the UAE have been a subject for negotiation between the two countries for the past two months.
UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and his younger brother Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, have overseen the negotiations for the Emirates.
Netanyahu, the Mossad chief and the head of the National Security Council have been the primary drivers of the negotiations on the Israeli side.
Other Israeli Cabinet officials and ministries have also been involved both in the details of the treaty, as well as plans to implement the treaty.
Ofir Akunis, Israel’s Minister for Regional Cooperation, for example, held a phone call yesterday with his counterpart, Reem Al Hashimi, the UAE’s Minister for International Cooperation.
“It was an excellent conversation,” an Israeli official told ALL ARAB NEWS. “Both Ministers are excited to begin working together and to meeting in person.”
The ministers are planning high-level delegations and to expand joint ventures in a range of areas, including the economic and agricultural cooperation, inter-faith religious dialogue and youth empowerment.
Special attention will focus on working together to promote tourism with holy sites in both countries.
The UAE is currently building the “Abrahamic Family House” in Abu Dhabi that will consist of a mosque, a church and a synagogue.