On Monday, Israel and the Muslim-majority republic of Kosovo announced the normalization of relations between the two countries, and Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his Kosovar counterpart Melisa Haradinaj Stubla signed a joint declaration to normalize relations between Pristina and Tel Aviv through the Zoom app.
Gabi Ashkenazi stated that he agreed to "Kosovo's official request to open an embassy for Kosovo in Jerusalem," and in return for this normalization, the Republic of Kosovo obtains Tel Aviv's recognition of Kosovo's independence from Serbia, which took place in 2008.

And Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and his Kosovar counterpart, Melisa Haradinai Stubla, signed a joint declaration on the normalization of relations through the implementation of Zoom, in a move considered a violation of the consensus of Islamic countries. Ashkenazi said he agreed to "Kosovo's official request to open an embassy in Jerusalem."
In the past few months, several Arab countries signed agreements to normalize relations with the Hebrew state, all of which were mediated by the United States. In mid-September, the UAE and Bahrain signed a historic agreement to normalize relations with Israel, the first between the Hebrew state and the Gulf states, and the third Arab after Egypt ( 1979) and Jordan (1994). Sudan and Morocco joined them.

 However, all of these countries confirmed that Tel Aviv would be the headquarters for their diplomatic missions, in a position in line with the international consensus against recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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In return for establishing its diplomatic mission in Jerusalem, Kosovo will obtain Israel's recognition of Kosovo's independence from Serbia, which took place in 2008.

 Historical links

For her part, Kosovan Foreign Minister Melisa Haradinaj Stubla thanked Israel for being the 117th country that recognizes the independence of its country, to join most of the countries of the Western world.
Kosovo has yet to gain independence from China, Russia and five European Union member states. "Kosovo has waited a very long time to establish diplomatic relations with Israel," the foreign minister said. She added, "We celebrate a new chapter of historical ties between our two countries, which went a long and challenging road to exist as a people and a state." In September, former US President Donald Trump announced during a summit to conclude an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, Kosovo and Israel were determined to establish diplomatic relations.
The State Department thanked former US President Donald Trump, whose administration announced in 2017 the transfer of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and his successor, Joe Biden, said that he does not intend to backtrack on this step, while officials said in his presidential campaign that he is seeking to reopen an American mission in Jerusalem. Sharqiya to serve the Palestinians who consider the occupied eastern part of the city the capital of their future state.

 'Great pain'

 That summit saw Kosovo announcing that it would recognize Israel, while Serbia said that it would follow Washington’s example in moving its embassy to Jerusalem.
During the ceremony, Ashkenazi affirmed Israel's commitment to work for "the stability of the Balkans," but Monday's announcement is expected to cause diplomatic consequences, and the head of the Balkan states department at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Dan Orian, told reporters this week that recognition of Kosovo causes great "pain" to Serbs. .
The Serbian-Kosovar conflict is one of the most complex conflicts in Europe, as Serbia refused to recognize the independence of Kosovo since the secession of the region in the bloody war (1998-1999) that ended with NATO bombing targets for Serbian forces.
And killed in the war more than 13 thousand people, most of them Kosovar Albanians, who form a majority in the former region. The two sides have been holding EU-led talks for a decade to normalize their ties, but little progress has been made .