Israel’s Herzog urges more nations to follow UAE lead on Abraham Accords
The Israeli president spoke at Expo 2020 Dubai during the first presidential visit to the United Arab Emirates, after the Gulf state said it intercepted a missile fired by Houthi rebels.
The Israeli president spoke at the Expo 2020 world expo in Dubai during the first presidential visit to the United Arab Emirates, hours after the Gulf state said it intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthis from Yemen.
“I hope and believe that more and more nations will soon follow the UAE’s lead and join the Abraham Accords,” Isaac Herzog said at an event on Monday amid tighter security than usually on the Expo site.
The United Arab Emirates became the first Gulf state to normalize relations with Israel under a US-brokered normalization deal dubbed the “Abraham Accords” in 2020. The Gulf neighbor, Bahrain, followed.
Herzog said 250,000 Israelis had visited the UAE so far and he hoped the Emiratis would return the favor once Covid-19 restrictions eased.
“Our trade has already exceeded $1 billion, over 120 agreements have been signed and a $100 million fund (research and development) has been established recently,” he said in a speech at the meeting. six-month World Expo in the Emirate of Dubai.
The flags of the United Arab Emirates and Israel were raised during the event and the national anthems of both countries were played.
Israeli president seeks to strengthen Gulf ties in historic visit to UAE
Grateful to the Sheikh @MohamedBinZayed for the warm welcome and hospitality in his palace. The Middle East has entered a new era thanks to the wise and courageous decision of the Crown Prince and other leaders to normalize relations. We discussed the future of the bold new partnership between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. 🇮🇱🤝🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/xTDn9q5mJB
— יצחק הרצוג Isaac Herzog (@Isaac_Herzog) January 30, 2022
Herzog landed in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on Sunday, where he discussed security and bilateral relations with the de facto leader of the United Arab Emirates.
At 12:20 a.m. that night, the UAE said it intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi group – the third such attack on the U.S.-allied UAE in the past fifteen days.
UAE authorities did not say whether the missile was aimed at Abu Dhabi or Dubai.
The presidency in Israel is essentially a ceremonial position. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visited the United Arab Emirates in December.
UAE ‘destroys’ Houthi ballistic missile during Israeli Herzog’s visit