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United Arab Emirates warns Israelis directly that annexation could destroy normalization efforts with Gulf Arab states. Senior official writes first-ever op-ed in Hebrew published in Israeli paper and records a video in English. How will Netanyahu and Gantz respond?

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — This is the huge story here in Israel today.

It confirms what I reported in my column in The Jerusalem Post last week, that if Israel moves forward with plans to annex large swaths of the West Bank this summer this will severely damage and possibly destroy the rapidly warming ties between Israel and the Gulf States.

The big question now is: How will Prime Minister Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz respond?

Here is the short video of the UAE Ambassador speaking in English to Israelis.

Here is the English version of the op-ed that was published in Hebrew by Yediot Aharonot, that everyone is talking about today. I encourage you to read it in full.

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Here are just two of the front-page news stories in Israel covering these developments:

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