Following normalizing relationships, the United Arab Emirates announced Thursday that it would be setting up a $10 billion investment fund targeting key sectors in the Israeli economy.
The UAE plans to use the allotted funds to “invest in and alongside Israel across sectors including energy, manufacturing, water, space, healthcare and agri-tech,” the state-run Emirates News Agency reported.
The funds aim to support “development initiatives” and strengthen UAE-Israel regional economic cooperation, the agency said, adding that “fund allocations will derive from government and private sector institutions.” (RELATED: ‘More Than Just A Peace Deal’: Leading Security Expert On Israel-United Arab Emirates Deal)
The Emirates announced the establishment of the funds after a phone call between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, and de facto ruler of the UAE Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the state agency reported.
Netanyahu had planned to visit the Emirates in what would have been the first publicly-known visit to the UAE by an Israeli prime minister, Arutz Sheva reported. However, the trip had to be postponed after Jordanian authorities refused to allow Netanyahu’s plane to fly over Jordanian airspace apparently because of a dispute “stemming from the cancellation of the Jordanian Crown Prince’s visit to the Temple Mount due to a disagreement over security procedures at the site,” Netanyahu’s office stated.
Netanyahu told Radio Haifa that the UAE decided to establish the $10 billion fund due to “the [Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi’s] belief in my economic leadership,” adding that the investments will help Israel’s post-pandemic economic recovery, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Relations between the UAE and Israel have been improving at an unprecedented rate ever since the two countries signed the Trump-brokered Abraham Accords Peace Agreement at the White House in August 2020, according to Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor. (RELATED: Why These Peace Deals Are Way Bigger Than The Media Is Willing To Acknowledge)
After becoming the third Arab country to normalize relations with Israel, followed by Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Israel openly announced several agreements between Israeli and Emirati authorities, businesses, and institutions, going “beyond normalization,” CNN reported.