"Israel" lobbies UAE against Russia
Does the normalization agreement between the UAE and "Israel" entail dictations from the latter?
"Israel" lobbied the United Arab Emirates on behalf of the United States to vote in favor of the resolution presented at the UN General Assembly to condemn Russia over its special operation in Ukraine, Axios reported Thursday citing US and Israeli officials.
The report pointed out that the UAE was undecided about condemning Russia in the UN General Assembly vote but eventually decided to support the resolution, following Israeli pressure.
The UAE had previously abstained from supporting a similar US-led resolution in the UN Security Council last week.
Abu Dhabi reportedly withheld support for the resolution because of its disappointment in the Biden administration's response to a Yemeni Armed Forces missile and drone attack on the capital several weeks earlier.
Israeli news website Walla quoted an Israeli official as saying that the Israeli occupation Foreign Minister Yair Lapid telephoned his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to urge the UAE to vote in favor of the UN resolution.
After having UAE support the resolution, US Ambassador to "Tel Aviv" Tom Nides thanked "Israel" in a statement.
“Enormous thanks to Israel for helping rally more members to stand with Ukraine in today’s historic UN vote,” Nides Tweeted.
Enormous thanks to Israel for helping rally more members to stand with Ukraine in today’s historic @UN vote. Over 141 votes to hold Russia accountable. Diplomacy matters. pic.twitter.com/ZIsO8XYe0z— Ambassador Tom Nides (@USAmbIsrael) March 2, 2022
The UAE had asked Washington to re-designate the Yemeni Ansar Allah movement as a "terrorist" organization, the report mentioned.
It is noteworthy that the United States brokered a deal in 2020 aimed at normalizing relations between the Israeli occupation and a few Arab states
The UAE and Bahrain joined the so-called "Abraham Peace Accords" and Morocco and Sudan later followed suit.
The agreement entailed resumption of embassy operations, opening direct flights, and lifting the ban on tourist trips and official visits.