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Israel at Dubai Air Show
By Micah Halpern

Sunday November 14, 2021
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The Dubai Air Show was the perfect place for Israel to further advance the Abraham Accords.

Individuals and companies and - most importantly, countries from all over the world come to the air show to check out what’s available and to buy military equipment. Israel is on the cutting edge of many of these products and so Israeli representatives were involved in numerous conversations, meetings and exhibitions.

The Israeli companies present in Dubai for the air show were national defense companies. In other words, companies that are a branch of the government, often the defense ministry or the science ministry. The Israeli delegation was led by Brig. Gen. (res.) Yair Kulas, head of Sibat, the defense ministry’s weapons exports department.

Speaking of his attendance at the show, Kulas said: “Opening a national Israeli booth in Dubai represents a new and historic element in the strengthening of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. We are pleased with the opportunity to take part in this important exhibition and to present Israeli defense contractors’ advanced technological capabilities … During the exhibition, we plan to hold many meetings and discuss advancing new partnerships.”

In all, seven Israeli contractors went to Dubai. They are Elbit Systems, the Israel Aerospace Industries, Rafael, Astronautics, Nir-Or, UVision and Tomer, which manufactures rockets.

This is a huge step forward for all the parties involved. It is initiative that will, hopefully, lure more regional players to join the Abraham Accords.

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14 November 2021 09:19 PM in Thoughts

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