As of December 2020, 164 of the other 192 UN member states are recognizing Israel. 28 UN member states do not recognize Israel: 15 members of the Arab League (Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen), ten other members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Niger and Pakistan), Cuba, North Korea and Venezuela. [17] In 2002, the Arab League proposed to recognize Israel as part of the resolution of the Palestine-Israel conflict as part of the Arab Peace Initiative. Following Israel`s standardization agreements with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in September 2020, the Palestinian Authority condemned as dishonourable any Arab agreement establishing formal relations with Israel and called it a betrayal of its cause and a blow to its search for an independent state in Israeli-occupied territory. [18] British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the agreement as a path to peace in the Middle East and also welcomed the suspension of the annexation of territories in the West Bank. British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed similar sentiments, with the former adding that it was time for direct dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians, while the latter said it created an opportunity to resume talks. [106] France and Germany saw the agreement as the hope of a two-state solution. [34] German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi to congratulate him. [107] India welcomed the agreement and declared that the two nations were its allies and that it had always supported peace and prosperity in West Asia. Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar had previously said that UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan had called him to discuss the agreement. [125] Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE`s ambassador to the United States, issued a statement on 13 August in which he hailed the agreement as a “victory for diplomacy and for the region,” adding how it “reduces tensions and creates new energy for positive change.” [7] [47] Prime Minister Netanyahu said there was “no change” in his plan to anchor part of the West Bank if approved by the United States, but added that they would be temporarily put on hold. [33] Prior to the agreement, the plan to annex the West Bank by 30% had already been frozen, with the majority of Israelis and government coalition partners Benny Gantz rejecting the plan.