Israel-UAE Cooperation in 2019: Warming Relations, Also in Civilian Affairs

Author
Moran Zaga
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Mitvim: The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies
Abstract
The relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel are primarily characterized by mutual interest and cautious rapprochement steps. The rapprochement can be attributed to the pragmatic character of the two states and their shared interests, including, inter alia, opposition to the Iranian nuclear program, opposing religious extremism, regional trade, modernization processes, handling similar environmental issues, and participation in global events and projects. The cautious approach and the limitations in these relations derive mainly from the UAE’s avoidance of official normalization with Israel due to the latter’s conduct regarding the Palestinian issue.
Topic
International Relations, Diplomacy, Regional Cooperation, Conflict, Rapprochement
Political Geography
Iran, Middle East, Israel, Yemen, Palestine, United Arab Emirates