WSJ: UAE, "Israel" strengthening security cooperation amid Yemeni threats
The Wall Street Journal says the UAE and "Israel" are discussing new ways to "protect" the Emirates from Yemeni operations through advanced Israeli air defense systems.
US newspaper The Wall Street Journal reported that the Israeli occupation and the UAE are accelerating their security and intelligence cooperation following the increasing retaliatory strikes carried out by the Yemeni Armed Forces against targets in the Emirates.
The newspaper mentioned that a year after Abu Dhabi and "Tel Aviv" signed an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations, the two sides are discussing new ways to "protect" the Emirates through advanced Israeli air defense systems, according to sources familiar with the agreement.
Israeli military equipment on Iran's doorstep
The Journal pointed out that this agreement will put Israeli military equipment at Iran's doorstep and reshape the security landscape in the Middle East.
According to the newspaper, the UAE's public acceptance of Israeli military and intelligence support poses a dilemma for it, as it aspires to deepen relations with the Israeli occupation without antagonizing Tehran.
"Israel" will not offer UAE its Iron Dome
However, The Wall Street Journal noted that it remains unclear whether the agreement on installing Israeli air defenses in the UAE will take place soon.
"Israel" is also not expected to offer the UAE its "glorified", yet fragile, Iron Dome system, added the newspaper.
For its part, the Breaking Defense website revealed that "the UAE is seeking the advanced version of the Green Pine radar, part of the Israeli Arrow system that is designed to intercept ballistic missiles."
Amir-Abdollahian: Israeli presence threat to all countries
Last Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian affirmed during a phone call with his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan that "the presence of the Zionist entity in the region is a threat to all countries and the region," pointing out that "efforts must be made to prevent any foothold for the cause of crises in the region."
The Israeli occupation has been recently working on strengthening its security and military cooperation with Arab states that normalized ties with it.
Last Thursday, Israeli occupation Security Minister Benny Gantz signed an agreement with Bahrain that includes cooperation in the fields of intelligence, equipment procurement, and training.
Gantz had also visited Morocco last November, where he signed a memorandum of understanding on security cooperation, which paves the way for military sales and cooperation between the two sides.