Tensions with Arab allies undermine Netanyahu’s speech to Israeli voters

Tensions with Arab allies undermine Netanyahu's speech to Israeli voters

Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Emirati Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, told The Nation, an Emirati newspaper last week, that the Emiratis are still considering investment prospects but will be “focused on trade and not politically associated ”. The country is “at a very early stage of studying laws and policies in Israel,” he said.

Mr Netanyahu’s failed attempt to travel to the Emirates ahead of Tuesday’s Israeli elections also upended the Arab country’s plan to host a summit meeting of the Abrahamic Accords in April, according to an individual who had been briefed on the details. of the episode.

The rally reportedly brought together Mr. Netanyahu, the leaders of the Emirates and Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan – the other countries with which Israel has signed normalization agreements in recent months – and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.

Mr. Indyk described Mr. Netanyahu’s relationship with Prince Mohammed of the United Arab Emirates and King Abdullah II of Jordan as “broken” and in need of repair.

In the heady first months after the Israel-UAE deal, tech executives and Israeli tourists flocked to Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country, despite pandemic restrictions. . Now, analysts say, the honeymoon is over even though there is no indication that the normalization deal is in danger of collapsing.

The relationship is essentially “on hold,” said Oded Eran, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv and a former Israeli ambassador to the European Union and Jordan.

Beyond Mr. Netanyahu’s election campaign, Mr. Eran said, the Emiratis were upset because as part of the normalization deal, Israel dropped its opposition to the Emirati’s purchase of airplanes. F-35 and other advanced weapons combat in the United States, but that transaction is now blocked and under review by the Biden administration.


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