Dates orchard near Kibbutz Niran in the Jordan Valley. (Kobi Richter/TPS) (Kobi Richter/TPS)
Dates orchard near Kibbutz Niran in the Jordan Valley

This is one of the latest developments in the rapidly budding relations between Israel and the UAE.

By Aryeh Savir, TPS

After receiving official approval from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities last week to export fresh agricultural produce and propagating material from Israel to the Emirates, the first shipment of agricultural produce from Israel departed for the UAE.

The shipment included about 200 kg of dates.

Following a series of meetings and coordination between Israel’s Minister of Agriculture Alon Schuster, and the Director-General of his office, Dr. Nahum Itzkovich, and their colleagues in the UAE’s Office for Climate Change and the Environment, Israel received official approval from the Emirates to export fresh agricultural produce and raw materials.

This is one of the latest developments in the rapidly budding relations between Israel and the UAE.

Israel, the UAE and Bahrain signed a historic peace agreement at the White House on September 15, the first agreement to be signed between Israel and an Arab country in 25 years.

The UAE was the first major Arab state to recognize Israel since the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty was signed in October 1994.

Announced on August 13, the Abraham Accords is the first between a Gulf state and Israel and is expected to lead to similar agreements with other Arab countries, possibly Oman or Saudi Arabia.

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