In July 2020, israel`s Israeli aerospace industry and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems signed an agreement with technology company Emirati Group 42 to offer “effective solutions” to the COVID-19 pandemic. [63] In June 2020, Etihad Airways of the United Arab Emirates disembarked at Ben Gurion airport and transported medical supplies to assist Palestinians during the COVID 19 pandemic. [64] Later that month, Israel announced a partnership with the United Arab Emirates to cooperate in the management of the COVID 19 pandemic in their respective countries. [65] Frank Melloul, CEO and founder of i24News, said: “As an international information network, we strive to expand cooperation with platforms around the world. This is a new step in our business and we are particularly welcoming because Abu Dhabi Media is a leading partner in the Middle East, a region we have covered extensively. This partnership between i24News and Abu Dhabi Media illustrates the many opportunities that have opened up for us in the wake of the Abraham Accords. Such collaboration between two media will primarily benefit the world`s stars, who will have full media coverage and multiple voices that together optimally reflect the events of the new Middle East. The agreement was formalized on September 15, 2020 with a signing ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. [33] The United Arab Emirates ambassador and close adviser to Mohammed bin Zayed, Yousef Al Otaiba, was one of the main negotiators of the peace agreement. Al Otaiba was one of the well-connected and powerful defenders in the United States, in contact with Jared Kushner, who led the peace negotiations. [34] In August 2020, Al Otaiba issued a statement in which he hailed the Abraham Agreement as a “victory for diplomacy and for the region” and said it “reduces tensions and creates new energy for positive change.” [35] “In a telephone conversation with President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu, an agreement was reached to end Israel`s continued annexation of the Palestinian territories. The United Arab Emirates and Israel also agreed to cooperate and set a roadmap for the establishment of bilateral relations. In August 2020, the United Arab Emirates and Israel concluded a historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which is expected to lead to a complete normalization of relations between the two countries. [54] [55] The agreement officially became an integral part of the Abraham Accords in which the United Arab Emirates and Israel participated and was signed on September 15, 2020.

[56] [57] Security experts in Israel have expressed concern that the agreement has paved the way for the sale of stealth F-35 fighter jets and other sophisticated weapons to the United Arab Emirates, proposed by the Trump administration. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to sell the warplanes and said that Israel`s position vis-à-vis the Middle Eastern states that acquired such high-end weapons did not change. [59] The spokesman for the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hend al-Otaiba, commented on the link between the Abraham agreement and the proposed sale of US F-35 fighter jets to the UAE: “As far as F35s are concerned, this requirement is not something that emerges from the current agreement. Our application for the F-35 has been ongoing for six years. Given that the United Arab Emirates intends to be a partner of Israel and already has a deep strategic partnership with the United States, we hope that this request will be accepted. [60] Later in October 2020, Israel stated, in an obvious reference to the F-35s, that it would not oppose the sale by the United States of weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates. [61] Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Media, the uae`s leading public broadcaster, and i24News, an international news network based in Israel, which broadcasts in Arabic, English and French from studios in Jaffa Port, the United States and Europe, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which the two media companies collaborate on several fronts, including library coverage and content. , as well as the exchange of production.