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'This is Just the Beginning': UAE Officially Opens Embassy in Israel


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JERUSALEM, Israel – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) officially opened its embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog attended the historic event hosted by UAE Ambassador to Israel Mohammad al Khaja. The occasion included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, flag raising, and a reception.

“To see the Emirati flag in the skies of Tel Aviv would have seemed a distant dream. Today it is a reality,” Herzog said.

Khaja said it is “a great honor” for his country to open an embassy in Israel.

 “This is just the beginning. Both countries are innovative nations and we will harness these new approaches for the prosperity of the countries,” he said.

Last month, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated Israel’s embassy in Abu Dhabi and opened the Israeli consulate in Dubai.

“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,” Lapid said at the opening ceremony of the embassy.

The embassy openings come nearly a year after Israel and the UAE announced they would normalize ties in an agreement known as the “Abraham Accords.” Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco also agreed to normalize ties.

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle