The Israeli regime has reportedly approved a request to sell surface-to-air missile systems to the United Arab Emirates.

Reports indicate that Tel Aviv has agreed to supply the UAE with SPYDER mobile interceptors manufactured by Rafael.

The reports added that the Israeli technology would allow the Persian Gulf country “to prevent a repeat of the drone attacks that hit Abu Dhabi earlier this year”.

The Israeli-made SPYDER system can act against low-altitude threats, including drones, cruise missiles and helicopters, sources said, adding that these interceptors are mounted on vehicles and used against short-range and short-range threats. Long range.

Details of the deal are unclear, and the number of interceptors to be supplied by Israel and whether they have already been shipped have not yet been identified.

Asked about the deal on September 20, the chairman of the Israeli parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee, Ram Ben-Barak, declined to comment on the matter and said only that there was broad cooperation between the Emirates. United Arabs and Israel.

According to Reuters, the United Arab Emirates rushed to boost its air capabilities after a series of airstrikes and drone operations in January and February carried out by the Yemeni armed resistance forces.

The UAE is an active partner in the Saudi war against Yemen and an influential member of the Saudi coalition.

Saudi Arabia and a number of its allies launched the war on Yemen in March 2015 to eliminate the grassroots Houthi Ansarullah movement from Yemen and reinstall a former Saudi-backed regime.

The UAE had stepped up military operations in Ma’rib and Shabwah provinces as well as airstrikes across Yemen, killing more civilians, including children.

In retaliation, the Yemeni armed forces have intensified their operations against the Saudi-led aggressors and have carried out several rounds of counterattacks against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in recent months.

Israel and the United Arab Emirates have signed a series of agreements in various fields, including aviation, financial services and tourism since they reached a controversial normalization agreement brokered by the United States in August 2020.

In June 2021, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid inaugurated the Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Israeli Consulate in Dubai during a two-day visit.

In January 2022, Israeli President Isaac Herzog arrived in the United Arab Emirates in the first such visit. Also on January 18, Israel offered security and intelligence support to the United Arab Emirates against Yemen’s retaliatory drone attacks.


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