Telephone service begins between UAE and Israel as ties open

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Summary generated on August 16, 2020

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel began working Sunday as the two countries opened diplomatic ties, part of a deal brokered by the U.S. that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex West Bank land sought by the Palestinians for a future state.

    Israeli news websites that had previously been blocked by UAE authorities, like the Times of Israel, the Jerusalem Post and YNet, could be accessed without using means to bypass internet filtering in the Emirates.

    Some in Israel used Palestinian mobile phone numbers with +970 numbers, which those in the UAE could call.

    The connection of phone service represents the first concrete sign of the deal between the Emiratis and Israelis.

    The agreement will make the UAE the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to have full, active diplomatic ties with Israel.

    The countries announced it in a joint statement, saying deals between Israel and the UAE were expected in the coming weeks in such areas as tourism, direct flights and embassies.

    Early Sunday, the Emirates' state-run WAM news agency announced a UAE company had signed an agreement with an Israeli company for research and study of the coronavirus pandemic.