The consequences of melting ice in the relationship between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are now coming to the fore. The UAE has opened the first embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. No country in the Gulf has had an embassy in Israel so far. Israeli President Isaac Hergos was also present at the opening ceremony of the embassy.
Despite Iran's unease, US efforts last year led the UAE and Bahrain to normalize relations with Israel under the Abrahamic Agreement. The then US President Donald Trump also contributed to the normalization of Israel's relations with Sudan and Morocco. After Israel opened its embassy in the UAE a month ago, the UAE Embassy has now been opened on the Stock Exchange of Tel Aviv.
President Isaac Hergosz said the opening of the embassy "is an important milestone in our shared journey towards a future of peace, prosperity, and security for the Middle East." Two weeks earlier in June, Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid-UAE where he inaugurated the Embassy of Israel in Abu Dhabi. Israel and the UAE formally established diplomatic relations last year after decades of secret relations.
UAE Ambassador Mohamed Al Khaza started it by unfurling his country's flag on the building. Israel's President Isaac said on the occasion that this day is a milestone for the relations between Israel and the UAE. Till a year ago, hoisting the UAE flag in Israel was a dream, which is being fulfilled today.
The agreement was signed at the White House
The two countries signed an agreement on the White House lawns of the US in September. The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates is located in the heart of Tel Aviv's business district, in the tower of the Stock Exchange of Israel. Most countries open their embassies in Tel Aviv because the status of Jerusalem is disputed. The US also established its embassy in Jerusalem in 2018. Israel took control of East Jerusalem during the 1967 war. He called it his part which was not even recognized by the international community.
Israel's important offices are in Jerusalem
Jerusalem houses the Parliament of Israel, the Supreme Court, and several government offices. While the Palestinians call it the capital of a future independent country. The Ambassador of the UAE to Israel is Mohamed Al Khaza. He said the embassy will "become the basis for continuing to build on our new partnership, for dialogue, dispute resolution, building a new paradigm of peace and providing a model for conflict resolution in the Middle East."