A report by the British Financial Times newspaper confirmed that the UAE was publicly stunned by the determination of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to exploit the bilateral relationship for electoral gains.
She added that the UAE has reduced contact with Israel in the dispute over the elections to be held next week.
The report says that since the announcement of the so-called Abraham Accords – the normalization agreements – last August. “The UAE has enthusiastically embraced the transfer of its previously secret commercial and strategic ties with Israel to open relations. And that quickly promotes culture, tourism and investment. ”
The newspaper recalls that two Israeli officials said, “The Emiratis were particularly disturbed when Netanyahu’s office leaked plans to the Israeli media.” Before the first visit of an Israeli leader to the Emirates. It was sold to them as a secret discussion focusing on Iranian aggression. ”
The newspaper quotes Israeli officials as saying that “Netanyahu’s team’s insistence on promoting what was supposed to be a quiet visit to something close to a state visit and bringing his wife with him, angered the Emiratis.” The flight, which was scheduled to take place last week, was canceled at the last minute.
The newspaper indicates that Israeli and Western officials said that the UAE “has since reduced official contacts with its Israeli counterparts to a minimum, at least until the heat of the elections dissipates and a clear winner appears.”
Anger over the elections will weaken the foundations of the deal
The newspaper explains that officials and analysts suspect that anger over the elections “will weaken the foundations of the deal, such as security cooperation against the common enemy Iran, bilateral investment and tourism opportunities.”
“It is imperative that such a relationship is with Israel,” says Cinzia Bianco, research fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. That remains controversial for many in the Arab world. Subject to political interference and will remain so, and some public disagreement is normal.
She added, “The Emirati interest in partnering with Israel in the fields of biotechnology, finance and artificial intelligence should not be underestimated,” according to the newspaper.
The newspaper notes that Israeli and Western officials said that the UAE “has since reduced official contacts with its Israeli counterparts to a minimum. At least until the heat of the elections dissipates and a clear winner appears.
The newspaper explains that officials and analysts suspect that anger over the elections “will weaken the foundations of the deal.” Such as security cooperation against the common enemy Iran. “Bilateral investment and tourism opportunities.”
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