Israel and the UAE announce diplomatic deal

August 13, 2020

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announces full diplomatic ties will be established with the United Arab Emirates during a news conference on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Jerusalem.

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