And the deal has flaws. The agreement – the result of lengthy negotiations sponsored by the United States – covers several areas such as energy, tourism, investment, security, telecommunications, health and technology. It calls for the continuation of extensive diplomatic and economic relations, including direct flights, the establishment of embassies with ambassadors. The two countries have also agreed on a partnership to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The Assembly of the Representatives of the Tunisian People criticized the agreement and said it was in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.  Dozens of people protested outside the UAE embassy in Tunis, people who burned Israeli flags and photos of UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan while supporting the Palestinian cause for independence.  Tunisian President Kais Saied later said Tunisia would not interfere in or oppose the deal, but that it stood with the Palestinians.  Yousef Al Otaiba, the Emirati ambassador to the United States, issued a statement on August 13 in which he hailed the agreement as “an asset for diplomacy and for the region,” adding how it would “ease tensions and create new energy for positive change.”   In the region, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan and Oman publicly welcomed Abraham`s agreement. Saudi Arabia has remained silent, although there is considerable speculation among analysts that this non-reaction is a sign that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman supports the deal, but that it is limited because his father, the king, opposes normalization with Israel. Iran, Qatar and Turkey have criticized the deal, with the latter threatening to withdraw their ambassadors from Abu Dhabi. Civil society organizations throughout the region remain firm in their opposition to the normalization of relations with Israel.
These include Gulf groups that have explicitly opposed the Israeli-Emirati deal. For many observers and officials around the world, the normalization agreement was seen as a courageous step towards promoting reconciliation and coexistence and strengthened the UAE`s image as a beacon of tolerance and moderation. The UAE has already planned the construction of the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi, which will house a mosque, church and synagogue. It also expressed the hope that its actions would contribute to facilitating a peace agreement towards the establishment of an independent Palestinian State. The result was a largely oblique response from the Palestinian authorities and other civilians. Even among more moderate Palestinian politicians, no one dared to openly declare their support for the agreement.