Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said the agreement would pave the way for peace agreements with other nations and welcomed the suspension of unilateral annexation. Yesh Atid`s chairman Yair Lapid welcomed the agreement as a “important step” for normalization with the UAE and said it showed mutual agreements are the path to be path to be path for Israel`s relations with other nations, instead of unilateral steps like annexation. The president of the Israeli Workers` Party, Amir Peretz, also shared this view and said that Israel`s development and security were in such agreements. He hoped for a similar agreement with the Palestinians.  One of the agreements stipulates that Israelis do not need visas to visit the United Arab Emirates and the Emiratis can also visit Israel freely. As direct flights are expected to begin in January, Israel`s tourism industry, hit hard by COVID-19, expects 250,000 Emiratis a year. Some Israeli tour operators already sell trips to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement stressing that as a member of the UN Security Council and the Quartet, it supported the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He noted that the agreement suspended the annexation of parts of the West Bank, which he described as an important element of the agreement, and said that the annexation plans were a major obstacle to the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.  Russian President Vladimir Putin said on August 24 in a telephone conversation with Netanyahu that he hoped the agreement would strengthen the stability and security of the Middle East.  It is for all these reasons that I say no to this agreement, as well as anyone who deals with justice.
Peace, security, equality and respect for the long-awaited rights of the Palestinian people: this agreement is exactly the opposite. You condemned Abraham`s accords as treason. The new agreement breaks a long-standing Arab consensus that the price of normal relations with Israel is the independence of the Palestinians. Tomorrow, the Israeli Parliament will vote on the agreement to normalize relations with the United Arab Emirates. A large majority will accept an extremely positive step towards the Israeli government`s objectives: the maintenance of its systematic violations of international law and the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. Parliamentarians who believe in justice and equality will vote against this agreement.