Bilateral agreements in the fields of technology, media, sports and other sectors have continued between the UAE and Israel since the signing of the agreement to normalize relations in mid-August, to the point that the Israelis have come to view Dubai as the new “Garden of Eden”.
In his report, which was published by the French newspaper (Le Monde), the writer Benjamin Bart spoke about the busy atmosphere that appeared in a video clip that was circulated on social networks at the beginning of this December for the first Orthodox Jewish marriage to take place in the Emirates, in a scene indicating the relationship The intimacy between both parties since the normalization of diplomatic relations between them.
The normalization agreement – which was announced in mid-August, and was signed one month later in the White House, in parallel with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s recognition of the State of Israel as well – followed by a torrent of agreements in the fields of technology, media, sports, financial services, tourism, scientific research, and air transport between the two parties.
The writer quoted Hussein Ibish, a researcher at the Gulf States Institute in Washington, as saying that the path of normalization between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv is progressing at the highest speed, and is unique in its nature, as the Emiratis want to achieve integration at all levels with Israel, while the rest of the countries that have recognized it bear – Like Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan – far fewer ambitions.
It is noteworthy that the Institute for National Security Studies – which is the most important think tank in Israel – has opened communication channels with its counterpart, the Emirates Center for Policy.
Bank Hapoalim – which holds a heavy weight in the Israeli financial sector – has agreed to cooperate with Emirates NBD.
Along the same path, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Mohammed Bin Zayed University for Artificial Intelligence, among other institutions, walked.
According to Le Monde newspaper, Emirati officials are studying an action plan aimed at getting rid of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) gradually, without making this matter conditional on solving the refugee problem, and by doing so, Abu Dhabi will join the long-term demand of Israel that insists on This organization impedes peace by sponsoring refugees who dream of returning to the lands from which their ancestors were expelled in 1948.
The French newspaper confirmed that the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash did not respond to the newspaper’s request to clarify this point, but what is certain is that there will be no turning back in light of the “emergence of a new strategic axis” that the countries of the region will have to deal with.
The process of crossing red lines and normalizing relations is proceeding in a radical way, to the extent that a member of the royal family in Abu Dhabi found no embarrassment in buying half the shares of “Beitar Al-Quds”, an Israeli football club whose reputation was linked to the anti-Arab slogans of its supporters. 24 News “(i24NEWS) Israeli has signed a contract to exchange media content with Dubai Media Corporation without any regard for the fact that the press in the UAE is tightly controlled by an authoritarian regime.
The writer pointed out that the eyes of the Israelis are heading towards Dubai, as the 30 weekly flights have turned the road between the two countries into a race track towards this emirate, which represents a pole of global tourism and trade, from tech geniuses in Tel Aviv to couples coming to entertainment, owners of small and medium enterprises, and even members of the Haredi sect. In the orthodox Miasharim neighborhood of Jerusalem, everyone wants their share of what they see as the new “dream city” that promises fun, huge contracts and a life of luxury at low prices.
Last week, tens of thousands of residents of the Jewish state visited the Emirates on the occasion of “Hanukkah” or the Festival of Lights, which resembles Christmas for Christians, despite the Netanyahu government warning against traveling to the Gulf for fear that they would be the target of Iranian retaliation after the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
Expressing these developments, Moshe Cohen, a lawyer who came with the delegations that flocked to search for investment opportunities, said that the Israelis are eager to come to Dubai, where they are welcomed and treated well, and between us and the Emiratis there is a warm peace, which is not a cold peace as is the case with Egypt and Jordan. .
“Within a few weeks, there will be more Israelis here than Emiratis,” he joked, referring to the fact that citizens only represent 5% of the 3.5 million residents of Dubai.
For his part, Rafael Nagel, a German-Jewish businessman close to the political and business elite in the Emirates, believes that “after pearls, oil and tourism, the alliance with Israel will be the new engine of growth for the Emiratis. This man who is fond of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu founded the Abrahamic Business Circle, which is a club for men. Business and high-level officials aimed at rapprochement between the Gulf and Israel.
The writer stated that this “romantic” relationship can also be seen in Israel, where videos have spread on social networks in which Emiratis and Bahrainis are shown receiving a warm reception in Tel Aviv, praising the plurality and openness of Israeli society and greeting with the use of the phrase “Shalom”.
This welcome makes the visitors refrain from criticizing the military occupation regime under which the Palestinians are only tens of kilometers away.
This atmosphere – which was amplified by a group of Twitter accounts in support of normalization, which appeared overnight – stems from the fact that the Israeli and Emirati authorities have many points in common, such as hostility to Iran, subservience to the United States, absolute rejection of Islamic currents, opposition to Arab democratic ambitions and the tendency to use covert operations. And power and obsession with the issue of security, and feverish investment in all areas of cyber technology.
Therefore, the harmony appears “shocking” between the hawks of the Middle East: Bibi Netanyahu on the one hand, and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, the strongman inside the Emirates on the other hand, the newspaper adds.
Le Monde confirms that Mohammed bin Zayed does not have to deal with the charged public opinion, unlike his counterparts in Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, and this matter would enhance rapprochement between the two parties.
The majority of Emiratis – of whom a small percentage appears to be politicized – are convinced that their leader has a vision and will bring stability to the region.
The Emirati security apparatus appears to be on standby, not to mention that messages have been passed warning against public criticism of the agreements signed with Israel, and as such, the skeptical elite and hard-line preachers have realized that they have no choice but to remain silent or change their minds.
Under the normalization agreement, Mohammed bin Zayed, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received a “generous reward” in the form of a fleet of US F-35 fighters and MQ-9 Reaper combat drones. -9 Reaper) that would give the UAE control over the Gulf sky, and the UAE Armed Forces are waiting to receive the highly advanced electronic warfare aircraft “Boeing EA-18G.” Mountaineer “(Boeing EA-18G Growler).
According to what was confirmed by political analyst Abdullah Abdul Khaleq – who worked as a former advisor to Mohammed bin Zayed – any other country in the region will not obtain these weapons in the next 20 years, and that would strengthen the deterrent force against Iran.
The writer mentioned that the Emirati leaders dream of the “Iron Dome” air defense system developed by Israel and deployed along the border with the Gaza Strip, and despite their possession of American Patriot batteries, they still feel weak about the Iranian ballistic missile program.
Therefore, it is expected that this military technology will be transferred to the UAE in the coming years, and the Israelis can in return request the deployment of military advisors on Emirati lands, and in this way they will end up on the border with Iran.
In response to their accusation of betraying the Palestinians, Emirati officials say that their position has not changed on the Palestinian issue, and after Netanyahu’s plan to annex the West Bank in exchange for normalization was frozen, the Emiratis still claim to support the establishment of a Palestinian state.
As evidence of this, Abd al-Khaliq points out that his country has in recent weeks supported 7 resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly denouncing the continuation of the Israeli occupation, explaining, “This did not please the Israelis, and they told us that .. But we now have influence over them, and if they engage in actions that we do not like, then it remains.” We can freeze the rapprochement or even reverse it. “
Because of Iran’s growing influence in the region, the pro-normalization lobby – which was forced to remain conservative 20 years ago – now has the highest word with the tacit support of world powers.
According to the Dubai-based Saudi journalist Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed, “Palestinians have the right to establish a state, but their cause is no longer a priority. Normalization agreements were supposed to be signed 20 years ago. The Gulf states have more in common with Israel than many Arab countries.”