Israeli PM declares ‘cooperation’ with UAE to struggle coronavirus

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has introduced Israel will be part of forces with the United Arab Emirates within the struggle towards the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of the dearth of diplomatic ties between the 2 international locations.

“This collaboration will be in the areas of research and development and technology, in areas that will improve health security throughout the region,” Netanyahu stated in an announcement on Thursday. 

Netanyahu stated a proper announcement on working along with the UAE on confronting coronavirus was imminent and can be made by the UAE and Israeli well being ministers.

The announcement comes at a time of robust Arab opposition to Israel’s plans to annex components of the occupied West Bank – territories that kind an integral a part of a state Palestinians have lengthy sought. 

Last week, the UAE’s minister of state for international affairs, Anwar Gargash, stated it might work with Israel on some areas, together with the battle towards the coronavirus and on know-how, regardless of political variations.

Addressing a army ceremony in southern Israel, Netanyahu stated the trouble stemmed from intensive contacts with the UAE in latest months.

The UAE’s state-run information company WAM confirmed that two corporations from the UAE can be working with two Israeli corporations on medical tasks, together with these to fight the brand new coronavirus. 

Israel has no diplomatic relations with Arab international locations within the Gulf, however widespread issues about Iran’s regional affect have led to a restricted thaw in relations.

In May, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad made the primary identified flight by a UAE service to Israel, carrying coronavirus-related assist for the Palestinians.

Speaking to a convention of the American Jewish Committee advocacy group on June 16, Gargash stated Israel can not count on to normalise relations with Arab international locations if it annexes West Bank land. He additionally stated cooperation with Israel on the COVID-19 pandemic wouldn’t have an effect on the UAE’s opposition to annexation.

Israel is due on July 1 to start a cupboard debate on extending Israeli sovereignty to illegally constructed Jewish settlements within the West Bank.

The United States-backed plan has sparked Palestinian anger and has been met with rising opposition by a lot of the worldwide group.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information companies