It’s a first for a high-ranking Gulf dignitary, no nation of which has official diplomatic relations with Israel. The column printed in Hebrew in "one" of Yediot Aharonot by Yousef Al-Otaiba, the influential Emirati ambassador to the USA, is a coup within the midst of the hubbub of reactions to the challenge of annexation by the Hebrew State of part of the West Financial institution, the 1er July. Pretending to boost his voice by touchdown in "Staunch defender of the Palestinian folks", Yousef Al-Otaiba warns: annexation, a breach of worldwide legislation which might condemn the two-state resolution, "Will undoubtedly and instantly overthrow Israeli aspirations to forge stronger ties" with the Arab world and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
New on the shape, the tribune can also be on the underside. It shatters a number of taboos of the official Arab discourse on Israel. On three events, the diplomat talks about "Standardization". This time period, " “Tatbi”, in Arabic, stays a foul phrase ", tainted with a shameful connotation, remembers Ian Black, British historian and creator ofEnemies and Neighbors: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017 (2017). Yousef Al-Otaiba additionally brazenly sweeps away the doctrine of the Arab League: the withdrawal of Israel from the occupied Palestinian territories is not a prerequisite for getting nearer to the Hebrew state. "He doesn’t complain about the established order of the occupation for fifty-three years, however warns that normalization between a Gulf state and Israel shouldn’t be taken with no consideration", continues the historian.
It isn’t shocking that this delicate and unprecedented communication operation was entrusted to Yousef Al-Otaiba. This 46-year-old diplomat, son of the Emirates' oil minister, is a part of a small circle of overactive commoners, like Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, the boss of the Mubadala funding fund, who has the ear and the boldness of Mohammed Ben Zayed, often known as "MBZ", the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and powerful man of the monarchy.
In workplace for twelve years, the ambassador, who’s as well-known for his receptions, the place All-Washington rushes, as for his propensity to enlist the companies of lobbying companies, performed a key position within the tightening ties between his nation and the USA. It’s largely due to him that the Emirates acquired the picture of the perfect Arab ally, politically steady, liberal from the perspective of morals, with an environment friendly military and crates filled with petrodollars. .
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