Israeli-Gulf relations
Israel suspends fuel-transport deal with UAE
The environmental decision to halt the fuel-transport deal with the Emirates created the first real diplomatic crisis between the countries since the signing of the Abraham Accords.
Mazal Mualem | Israel | Jul 27, 2021
People and children gather at a Red Sea beach near the EAPC oil terminal by Israel's southern port city of Eilat on Feb. 10, 2021.
UAE likely partner in Israel's moon mission
The funding sources for Israel's ambitious Beresheet 2 have not been divulged, but there are hints that the United Arab Emirates may well be teaming up with Israel on a moon landing.
Danny Zaken | Israel | Jul 21, 2021
Israel’s Lapid, Herzog out to rehabilitate Israel’s global image
Newly appointed Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and President Isaac Herzog are working to boost Israel's diplomatic ties following some tensions under former PM Benjamin Netanyahu.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Jul 15, 2021
UAE opens embassy to Israel in Tel Aviv
The UAE ambassador to Israel called the Abraham Accords "solid" during the historic ceremony.
Al-Monitor Staff | News Brief | Jul 14, 2021
Lapid opens Israeli Embassy to UAE
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has inaugurated Israel’s embassy in Abu Dhabi, his first task in his historic visit to the United Arab Emirates.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Jun 29, 2021
Israel’s Lapid puts Iran talks on table in meeting with Blinken
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is committed to repairing ties with the US administration and opening discrete dialogue channels on the Iranian file.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Jun 28, 2021
Omani FM voices hope Israel's new leaders will advance Palestinian state
Omani Foreign Minister Badr al-Busaidi told his Israeli counterpart that the Gulf country is hopeful the new government in Israel can take "concrete steps" to establish a sovereign Palestinian state.
Al-Monitor Staff | Israel | Jun 24, 2021
New Israeli government jumps to deepen ties with Emirates, Bahrain
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid plans to travel to the United Arab Emirates June 29-30 in the first ever Israeli ministerial visit to the country.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Jun 23, 2021
New environment minister has ambitious plans for Israel
New Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg has announced some lofty goals, including raising the target for renewable energy to 40% by 2030.
Danny Zaken | Israel | Jun 22, 2021
Israel’s Lapid enthusiastic to take on foreign affairs portfolio
Entering his new office, newly appointed Foreign Minister Yair Lapid told Israeli diplomats that he is there by choice and not by default, and that he is eager to start working with them.
Rina Bassist | Israel | Jun 14, 2021
UAE ramps up diplomacy following Israel-Hamas conflict
'There is no worse tragedy than that of Palestine over last 100 years,' Emirati political analyst Abdulkhaleq Abdulla told Al-Monitor.
Rebecca Anne Proctor | Gulf Pulse | May 27, 2021
Israeli-Palestinian conflict forces Biden to put Mideast on agenda
Egyptian and Palestinian Authority leaders are back at center stage of US regional diplomacy.
Week in Review | Israel | May 21, 2021
Environmentalists call Eilat oil shipping disaster waiting to happen
Environmental groups claim that the new project to transport Gulf oil via Eilat to Europe is likely to damage the local unique coral reef.
Danny Zaken | Israel | May 20, 2021
Has war on Hamas given Netanyahu a political lifeline?
Conflict with Gaza proving a political winner, so far, for the embattled Israeli prime minister; Arab states may take center stage in mediation efforts; Al-Monitor’s unmatched reporting from Gaza.
Week in Review | Israel | May 14, 2021
Hamas says some Arab dramas promote normalization with Israel
An Egyptian series starring Egyptian actor Mohamed Ramadan angered Hamas for portraying the Gaza Strip as a drug den in the 1940s; Hamas also is critical of Ramadan over issues involving Arab states' normalization of relations with Israel.
Hana Salah | Palestine | May 13, 2021
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4,000-year-old city discovered in Iraq
Adnan Abu Zeed | Iraq | Jul 9, 2021
Saudi Arabia’s race for Gulf economic leadership takes to the sky
Sebastian Castelier | Gulf | Jul 13, 2021
Ancient fossilized fish found in Egypt that survived in hot waters
Alaa Omran | Culture | Jun 16, 2021
Will Turkey use Syrian mercenaries in Kabul?
Fehim Tastekin | Turkey | Jul 12, 2021
Has Israel’s army become too small?
Ben Caspit | Israel | Jul 13, 2021
NSO officials comment on Pegasus spyware affair: We are self-regulated on right for privacy, transparency  
Ali Hashem on what to expect from Ebrahim Raisi and the rise of the Hezbollahis in Iran
Major General Noam Tibon: IDF needs more boots on the ground 
South Asia security expert Ayesha Siddiqa says Turkey is a natural fit for Afghanistan 
Ambassador Haim Koren: Bennett seeks to boost Israel’s ties with Jordan 
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