The National | Byblos Bank Home Latest News Middle East News Israel’s parliament approved on Thursday the U.S.-brokered agreement to establish normalizing diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates. The deal was approved by a vote of 80 lawmakers in favor and 13 opposed. REUTERS/Nir Elias The 13 opposing votes were cast in solidarity with Palestinians by the Joint List, the main Arab-majority faction in the Israeli parliament. This normalization agreement marks the first deal in 25 years, making the UAE the third country in the region to establish official ties with Israel, after Egypt and Jordan. View this post on Instagram A picture is worth a thousand words. . . . #israel #uaeisrael #israeluae #uae #uae🇦🇪 #dubai #abudhabi #peace A post shared by Hananya Naftali 🇮🇱 (@hnaftali) on Sep 1, 2020 at 6:28am PDT According to the White House, more Arab Gulf countries are expected to join the club. In addition, a normalization deal with Bahrain is currently in the process. “The deals reflect a shift in the Middle East, as Arab countries’ shared concerns with Israel over Iran outweigh their traditional support for the Palestinians,” reported the Associated Press. View this post on Instagram Who would have thunk it? This iconic #Israel-#UAE peace photo of two ladies draped in Israel and the UAE’s flags over looking the Burj Khalifa in #Dubai has become the subject of #antisemitism and hate online. Despite death threats and a barrage of hate, #Nazi rhetoric and #antisemitic backlash, #Emirati Norah Al Awadhi says she has no regrets about posing in an image with her #Israeli friend which has become an icon of the historic #AbrahamAccords. #israel #unitedarabemirates #uae #israeluae #abrahamaccords #dubai #burjkhalifa H/T @melanieswanyoga A post shared by HonestReportingCanada (@honestreporting_canada) on Oct 12, 2020 at 9:10am PDT Meanwhile, Lebanon and Israel are holding negotiations over the disputed maritime border in talks deemed “historic” by the U.S. government. These negotiations, as pointed out by Hezbollah and Lebanon’s Foreign Minister, do not signal peacemaking, normalization, or recognition of the state of Israel. President Aoun also stressed that the talks are nothing but technical, pushing away any ideas that Lebanon will be making any deal with its long-time enemy Israel.