This is a truly historic moment. Since the signing of the Israeli-Jordanian peace treaty more than 25 years ago, progress towards peace in the Middle East has not been as great. So there`s this politically cornered prime minister, where he really, really has to appeal to his right flank, the right wing in Israel. And the way he wanted to do it was to take this very aggressive stance on annexation. It`s very popular with the right. It is very popular in the settler movement. And he had decided that this would be his trajectory. This would buy him a political lifeline. Since I obtained this mandate, I have worked continuously, openly and secretly, to form a vast government of national unity. That`s what people want. And that`s what Israel needs. In the months leading up to the deal, Israel had cooperated in secret with the UAE to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Nabil Abu Rudeineh[ar], a senior adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas, read an official statement in which the Palestinian leadership rejected the deal and called it a betrayal of Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinians.
 The Palestinian Authority (NPC) recalled its ambassador from Abu Dhabi.   Palestinian leaders also said that Hamas leader called Ismail Haniyeh Abbas and rejected the deal, which Reuters called a “rare demonstration of unity.”  On the other hand, some members of the Israeli right have expressed anger at Mr. Netanyahu for breaking his promise of annexation. . . .