The U.S. military will start carrying out airdrops of food and supplies into Gaza in the coming days, joining other countries like France, Jordan and Egypt that have done the same.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is standing firm in its decision to maintain diplomatic relations with Israel, even amidst the ongoing conflict involving the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
Anwar Gargash, a diplomatic adviser to the UAE presidency, emphasized the long-term strategic nature of this decision during a conference in Dubai.
Gargash acknowledged the challenges and obstacles faced when making strategic decisions and stressed the importance of addressing major obstacles.
While the deadly conflict in Gaza has prompted some Arab states to reconsider their diplomatic ties with Israel, the UAE remains resolute in its stance.
The UAE, along with Bahrain, established diplomatic relations with Israel in late 2020 as part of the US-brokered Abraham Accords.
Anwar Gargash emphasized the need for a political solution to end the Israeli occupation, highlighting that the Arab confrontation with Israel has not achieved the desired outcomes.
The UAE is actively working to support the Palestinians by increasing Arab political coordination and exerting pressure on Israel to seek a political resolution.
The UAE has demonstrated its commitment to aiding the Palestinians by sending humanitarian aid, establishing a field hospital, and setting up a desalination plant to provide essential resources to the besieged Gaza Strip.
Despite the challenges and complexities of the situation, the UAE remains dedicated to its strategic decision of maintaining relations with Israel while also working toward a political solution in the region.
By Marcel Abi-Rached
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