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What more than surrender does the UAE want from Palestinian Authority?

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During his visit to the UAE, Israeli Foreign Minister and Alternate-Prime Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi, met with his counterpart Mohammad Bin Zayed and signed an agreement on finance and trade cooperation. Lapid celebrated his visit and described the inauguration of the embassy as "historic."

"We are standing here today because we chose peace over war, cooperation over conflict, the good of our children over the bad memories of the past. Agreements are signed by leaders but peace is made by people. Israel wants peace with all its neighbours," he said.

The Israeli minister stressed: "We are not going anywhere. The Middle East is our home. We are here to stay. We call on all countries of the region to recognise that, and come talk to us."

Speaking to Israeli journalist Barak Ravid, the reporter of Israeli Wallah news website, Bin Zayed said the big challenge for the normalisation process is how to get the Palestinians to join in.

Bin Zayed suggested that Israel "should" work on improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza and avoid irresponsible steps in Jerusalem to prevent a new escalation in order to strengthen the PA as a........

© Middle East Monitor

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