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Knesset approves UAE normalization 80-13; mainly Arab party is sole opposition

Overwhelming support for historic peace agreement, which now heads to cabinet for final ratification

By RAPHAEL AHREN
October 15, 2020

The Knesset on Thursday approved Israel’s normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates with an overwhelming majority, all but ensuring that it will be ratified in the near future.

Eighty lawmakers voted in favor of the agreement, including many from the opposition.

Only 13 parliamentarians — all from the Arab-majority Joint List — voted against the agreement, criticizing it as a scheme to undermine the Palestinian people.

There were no abstentions, while 27 MKs did not participate in the vote.

View of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, in Jerusalem, on August 13,2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** בניין הכנסת כנסת ירושלים נוף שמיים עצים

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