New leader of UAE is key to Abraham Accords, Israel ties - analysis


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New leader of UAE is key to Abraham Accords, Israel ties - analysis
Over the last two decades, since he was appointed deputy crown prince and then crown prince, he has been important for the UAE as it manages its affairs in the shifting Middle East.
Published: MAY 16, 2022

Israeli President Isaac Herzog landed in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to express his condolences to the new United Arab Emirates president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, on the death of his brother, the late president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. This was important, and Herzog was one of many dignitaries who went to the UAE to express their condolences over the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. “The president was joined on his flight by representatives of the government of Israel, Regional Cooperation Minister Esawi Frej and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel,” Herzog’s office said.

The symbolism is important. The Abraham Accords took place in 2020, and since then, Israel and the UAE have had positive relations. This builds on previous shared interests. It is also part of the broader shift in which Israel made peace with Bahrain, has new ties with Morocco and is working with Egypt and Jordan. On Monday, the new UAE president received foreign leaders for a second day, UAE-based The National newspaper reported.