At the event negotiated by the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain`s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani. President Trump said the agreements to normalize relations marked “the beginning of a new Middle East,” but some analysts said his claims were excessive. Among those present was Trump`s son-in-law and chief adviser, Jared Kushner, who has made middle East peace a central priority in his work in the White House and helped mediate the agreements. The agreements are not “peace agreements,” although Trump and the other signatories used the term several times Tuesday to emphasize the importance of the agreements. The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have never been at war with Israel and their leaders have vowed for years to strengthen ties with the Jewish state. Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a senior adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas, read an official statement in which Palestinian leaders rejected the agreement and called it treason against Jerusalem, the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinians.  The Palestinian Authority (PNA) recalled its ambassador from Abu Dhabi.   Palestinian leaders also said that Hamas leader called Ismail Haniyeh Abbas and rejected the agreement, which Reuters called a “rare manifestation of unity.”  Other leaders and groups, including the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine, unanimously rejected the agreement, according to Al Jazeera. Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Palestinian National Initiative, said they were not surprised by the recent actions taken by the United Arab Emirates and the fact that the Emiratis had never attempted to fight Israel. He added that this could encourage other nations to ignore the Palestinian issue. The head of the Palestine Liberation Front, Wasel Abu Yousef, said the agreement would only give Israel greater influence over its occupation. ANP Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Majdalani said they did not know the agreement in advance and that the UAE was bartering the others, while unilaterally changing the Arab world`s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 The Tunisian People`s Representatives` Assembly criticized the agreement and said it was in solidarity with the Palestinian cause.  Many people protested outside the United Arab Emirates Embassy in Tunis, people burned Israeli flags and photos of UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, while supporting the Palestinian cause for independence.  Tunisian President Kais Saied then said that Tunisia was not interfering in the agreement and would not oppose, but would support the Palestinians.  This figure comes after only a few weeks of open commercial flights between the countries which, in a historic agreement signed in September, agreed to open the diplomatic and tourist floodgates. The texts of the agreements had little to say about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which until now had been an obstacle to diplomatic progress.