November 2: Visa exemptions and sports agreements
November 2, 2020 news on UAE-Israel relations
November started off with a number of important developments in UAE-Israel relations. In addition to important delegations and important visits, a number of essential agreements have been discussed from sports to visas.
Chevron Middle East deals in spotlight as company reportedly eying importance of Israel,
Qatar and region.
AFP: From hummous to hi-tech: “After normalization of ties between the two countries, covert links between the Gulf nation and Israel’s flourishing technological sector are set not only to come to the surface, but actually expand.” Palm tree tech stands out here, “Ben Hamozeg is the founder and chief executive of Agrint, a company that uses seismic sensors to detect insects that eat — and destroy — palm trees from the inside.”
AP: “Israel’s delegation was led by big-time venture capitalist Erel Margalit and his entourage of 14 startup executives, photographers, foreign journalists and PR people; some Palestinian entrepreneurs had also flown with the delegation.”
Media Line: “A dozen Israeli and Emirati women – including Jerusalem’s deputy mayor and a Hebrew-speaking professor born in Abu Dhabi met last week in Dubai to discuss life, work and the future, creating a space to exchange cultural and business ideas.” For background on this see the Arab News report on October 9 and Israel HaYom on October 11.
F-25 News: Hurdles remain despite Trump support (CNBC) and White House attempt to move forward with sales, Biden team appears to say only Israel should have the plane (TOI), while “Democrats build speed bumps” in Congress (Defense News).