Israel to open mission in the U.A.E. over renewable energy

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Israel to open mission in the U.A.E. over renewable energy

Israel is to open an official mission in the United Arab Emirates, in the latest sign of warming relations between the Gulf States and Jerusalem.

The two countries have no diplomatic relations, and this will remain so, despite the new mission, which will represent Israel at the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), headquartered in Abu Dhabi. 

However, it does mean that, for the first time, Israel will have a resident diplomat in the Gulf. Qatar has previously allowed an Israeli trade office to operate in the country but ordered its closure following a 2008-2009 military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Dore Gold, director of Israel’s foreign ministry, visited the oil-rich city state last week to finalise details. When asked by an Al-Jazeera journalist whether he would like Israel to have full diplomatic relations with the UAE, he said: “Yes, we would love to. We would like to have diplomatic relations with everyone in the region.”

Israeli security experts have long spoken of a “silent alliance” between Israel and some Arab states with which it has no diplomatic relations, such as Saudi Arabia, and contact has increased in recent months over shared fears of Iranian regional ambitions.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish News also produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: