With the escalation of Israeli violations in the occupied city of Jerusalem, and the occupation launched a war on the Gaza Strip that lasted 11 days, the train of Emirati normalization with Israel continued its accelerated steps and did not stop.
Normalization activities varied between political and economic meetings, signing agreements and memoranda of understanding, and exchanging student missions between April 13 and June 1.
On April 13, the situation in Palestine erupted as a result of Israeli violations in Jerusalem, and the escalation in May extended to the West Bank and Arab cities within the Green Line, and turned into an aggression on Gaza that resulted in 290 martyrs, including 69 children, 40 women, 17 elderly, and more. Of the 8900 infected.
following report lists the most prominent steps of normalization between the UAE and Israel during this period:
- April 16: Greek Cyprus witnessed a four-way meeting that included its foreign minister, Nikos Christmastides, his Greek counterparts, Nikos Dendias, and the Israeli, Gabi Ashkenazi, in the presence of the diplomatic advisor to the UAE President, Anwar Gargash, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry statement.
- April 19: Emirati Group 42 and Israel’s Rafael Defense Industries announced the conclusion of an agreement to establish a joint venture to market artificial intelligence technologies and big data solutions to multiple sectors. The agreement was signed in Herzliya, in the presence of the UAE Ambassador to Israel Muhammad Al Khaja.
- April 21: UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed received Israel’s foreign minister’s envoy to the Gulf states, Tzipi Hefetz, and they discussed ways to enhance joint cooperation, according to the Emirates News Agency.
- April 26: Delek Keduhim, the concessionaire of Israel’s offshore Tamar natural gas field, signs a memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala International Petroleum.
- May 2: The Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange Group announced that it has obtained approval from the (governmental) Israel Securities Authority to allow the latter’s eligible companies to trade on the Dubai Commodities Platform.
- May 6: Emirati journalist Mahmoud Al-Awadi revealed the launch of an Arab-Hebrew media platform inside Israel, which he is the editor-in-chief of as the first Gulf Arab to head an Israeli media outlet, and is funded by Israeli businessmen.
- May 30: Israeli Finance Minister Israel Katz said that his country and the UAE have signed a joint tax agreement, as part of the two countries’ efforts to strengthen joint trade relations.
- May 31: The Israeli Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported that a huge Emirati cargo ship arrived at the port of Eilat, the first to reach the port from the Persian Gulf in more than 15 years, carrying about 4,000 tons of iron.
- May 31: The Emirati ambassador to Israel visited Al Khaja, the spiritual leader of the religious Shas movement, Rabbi Shlomo Cohen in the occupied city of Jerusalem. The Israeli Kan channel reported that the latter presented the ambassador with a gift and greeted him with the blessing of the priests.
- May 31: Israel and the UAE agreed to launch exchange programs for student scholarships in the field of education, and the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s Israel Arabic account stated that this came in the first meeting between Israeli Education Minister Yoav Galant and the UAE ambassador.
- June 1 : The Foreign Trade Department of the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry announced that it will open during the summer of this year a new economic office in Abu Dhabi, and the UAE had signed the normalization agreement with Israel in the American capital, Washington, on September 15, 2020, and since then, Signing dozens of agreements between Israeli and UAE governmental and private companies and institutions.