Yesterday, Thursday, the UAE and Israel announced the formal normalization of their relations, which developed over the years behind the scenes, and their intention to sign cooperation agreements in several areas.
According to a joint statement, US President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed, in a phone call, to fully normalize relations between Israel and the UAE.
In recent years, in particular, what is like a race between some Gulf countries, led by the UAE, in order to normalize its relations in official and overt ways with Israel, which is ruled by a right-wing authority that is the most violent in its history.
In the last three years, the process of normalization has accelerated, through visits, invitations, meetings and statements, between Arab countries and Israel, which the peoples of the region regard as "occupiers of Palestine and other Arab lands."
In this report, we collect information on the path of normalization in Israeli-Emirati relations that preceded the announcement of the new agreement.
The sequence does not include secret visits by the Israeli Prime Minister to the Emirates as part of the contacts to formulate an agreement to normalize relations, and it has not been announced previously.
According to Israel Today, during the past two years, Netanyahu has made at least two visits to the UAE, and the two visits took several hours, and he was usually accompanied by National Security Council Chairman Meir Bin Shabat.
Media reports revealed a meeting between Mohammed Dahlan, the security advisor to the UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, whom the Palestinians accuse of serving Israel, with the far-right Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in Paris in 2015.
- September 2016
The UAE army participated in joint military exercises with the Pakistani, Spanish and Israeli air forces in the US state of Nevada on September 2, 2016.
- March 2017
The UAE army participated in joint military exercises with the US, Greek, Italian and Israeli air forces in March 2017.
- July 21, 2017,
the Hebrew newspaper Haaretz wrote that Netanyahu met Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2017 in New York, USA.
The newspaper stated in a report that Netanyahu and the Emirati minister stayed at a hotel and went up to a specific section of the upper floor via a special elevator.
- October 2018,
the Emirati administration allowed Israeli athletes to participate and raise their country's flag in the judo tournament hosted in the capital, Abu Dhabi, in October 2018.
The Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports, Miri Regev, visited Abu Dhabi to watch the championship, and then shed tears while listening to her country's national anthem during the medal ceremony.
- 30 October 2018
, the Israeli Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara, participated in the telecommunications conference that was held in Dubai, UAE, on October 30, 2018, and delivered a speech there.
- July 2019
, former Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs and Intelligence, Yisrael Katz, visited Abu Dhabi to participate in the climate conference organized by the United Nations in July 2019.
In the same month, the Emirati government extended an invitation to Israeli companies to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai.
- August 20, 2019
, Haaretz newspaper said in a report that Israel and the Abu Dhabi administration have cooperated significantly, worth $ 3 billion, to provide them with modern intelligence tools, including spy planes.
- 20 May 2020
, the Emirates airline Etihad Airways launched its first flight to Israel to deliver medical supplies to support Palestine in combating Corona.
- June 6, 2020
As a result of the rapprochement between the UAE and Israel, nearly three thousand Jews from different countries residing in the Emirates created an official account for the Jewish community on Twitter.
The account, which identifies itself as the official account of the Jewish community in the UAE, was opened last May.
- 10 June 2020
, Etihad Airways launched a second direct flight to Israel, claiming it provides medical aid to Palestine.
- June 16, 2020
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in an online conference organized by the American Jewish Committee, "The UAE believes that keeping channels of communication open with Israel will lead to better results for both countries."
- 25 June 2020
, Netanyahu announced that Tel Aviv will sign an agreement with the UAE, with which his country does not have diplomatic relations, regarding cooperation to combat the Corona virus.
- 26 June 2020, the
UAE sent 100,000 corona diagnostic packages to Israel as part of their cooperation in combating the virus.
Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that an Emirati plane carrying 100,000 diagnostic devices landed in Tel Aviv on June 26.
The UAE announced the launch of a joint project with Israel in the framework of combating Corona.
The official Emirates News Agency stated that two private Emirati companies have launched projects in the field of medicine and combating Corona with two Israeli companies.
- 3 July 2020
, two Israeli companies signed an agreement with the Emirati "G42" (G42) to develop technological solutions in combating Corona.
- 10 August 2020
, a Yemeni Jewish family met with the rest of its members after parting 15 years in the Emirates, which maintains good relations with Israel, and granted Emirati citizenship to the Yemeni family.