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Historic: Israel’s national anthem played for first time at UAE’s Presidential Palace

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The Israeli flag was also hoisted for the first time at the palace

By ILANIT CHERNICK

In an incredible moment highlighting peace between Israel and the UAE, Israel’s national anthem was played for the first time ever at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The national anthem, “Hatikva” (The Hope) wad played during the special ceremony in which Israel’s Ambassador to the UAE Amir Hayek became the country’s first ambassador to present his credentials to UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

During this historic moment earlier this week, another milestone was also reached –  it was the first time Israel’s flag was hoisted at the palace.

Hayek described the occasion as a moment of both “record excitement” and “history”.

Commenting on this special occasion, Israel’s Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said that “this is another milestone in our relationship. 

“The economic, technological and political horizon we create together is important to us and the entire region,” Lapid added.

Ties between Israel and the UAE have continued to warm and grow deeper following the Abraham Accords peace agreement, which was brokered between Israel and several Arab countries last year, including the UAE.

May peace between Israel and the United Arab Emirates always prosper. 

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