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Israeli defence firms strengthen Gulf ties at IDEX 2023

24th February 2023 - 14:30 GMT | by Harry Lye in Abu Dhabi

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Rafael showcased its Iron Beam laser weapon at IDEX. (Photo: Israeli MoD)

Following the Abraham Accords, Israeli and Gulf defence firms have forged ever closer bonds.

Israeli defence companies were ever-present in Abu Dhabi for the IDEX defence show, showcasing equipment and signing deals with Gulf partners.

The relationship between Israel and most Gulf countries has dramatically shifted since the Abraham Accords' signing in 2020.

Negotiated by the US under the Trump administration, the agreement normalised relations between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel and opened the door for cooperation on all things defence.

Speaking to Shephard ahead of the Emirati defence exhibition, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems' Naval Warfare Systems Directorate VP Ran Tavor said the company was constantly working on building the relationship with the

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Harry Lye

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Harry Lye


Harry Lye was Senior Naval Reporter at Shephard Media.

Harry joined the company in 2021, …

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