Visit latest sign of Israel and Arab neighbors strengthening ties over shared interests, regional instability
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon reportedly made a surreptitious visit to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates earlier this week to attend a conference hosted by the world body.
According to a report by Israel’s Channel 2 on Thursday, Danon traveled to the UAE in order to attend a conference as chairman of the UN Legal Committee, an appointment he received in June.
The Israeli official’s visit to the oil-rich nation was kept a secret and was conducted under strict security to avoid criticism by local government officials and citizens.
The UAE’s hosting of a high-level Israeli official is significant in that the two nations have a traditionally acrimonious relationship and no formal diplomatic relations. Israeli passport holders are not allowed to enter the Emirates.
That said, the visit can be seen as the latest sign of Israel and Arab neighbors making efforts to align over shared interests in an increasingly unstable region.
Israel and Saudi Arabia, for example, have admitted to holding secret talks concerning Iran since 2014.
Diplomatic efforts have become increasingly more public, with Saudi and Israeli delegations having met openly in both Washington and Israel. Saudi public discourse has also recently taken a decidedly more favorable stance towards the Jewish State.
Israel has long viewed the Islamic Republic as one of its main threats in the region, while Sunni Saudi Arabia considers the Shi’ite nation as a contender for dominance in the Middle East.
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