Hebrew newspapers reveal: Why did Israel refuse to supply the Emirates with the “Iron Dome”?
Occupied Jerusalem- Israeli sources reported that Tel Aviv refused to sell the UAE air defense systems to intercept ballistic missiles, despite the close rapprochement between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi and the statements of the Israeli political leadership, which expressed its willingness to provide security and intelligence assistance to the UAE following the attacks carried out by the Houthi group.
After announcing Israel’s readiness to provide security and intelligence assistance to the UAE to counter the attacks and threats of the Houthi group, according to what Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, the Israeli military analyst, Alon Ben David, revealed the Israeli security services’ refusal to sell the UAE air defense systems, most notably the “Iron Dome” and “David’s Sling”, through an article he published in “Maariv” newspaper.
According to the newspaper “Maariv”, the Israeli side refused to sell the UAE defense systems despite the value of the deal, estimated at 3.5 billion dollars, as “the return of the deal could have reduced the cost of producing these systems, and provided many job opportunities for the Israeli military industries.” .
Israeli security assessments attributed this refusal to the fear of leaking technological and military information regarding the manufacture and development of the Israeli air defense systems, “Iron Dome” and “David’s Sling”, to other parties, in reference to Iran and the Houthi group.
This refusal comes as Israeli President Isaac Herzog heads to Abu Dhabi today, on the first visit of an Israeli president to the UAE, at the invitation of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, where the visit comes, according to the official Israeli television “Kan”, “At a sensitive time”, after the Houthis bombed targets in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi, and they hinted at the possibility of bombing the “Dubai Expo”.
According to a statement from the Israeli President’s office, during his two-day visit, Herzog will meet with a number of Emirati officials, including the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, and the ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
During his visit, Herzog will inaugurate Israel Day at Expo 2020 in Dubai, and he will also meet with representatives of the Jewish community in the UAE.
According to Ben David, the Israeli Ministry of Defense showed a remarkable reluctance to allow the sale of military technologies to its “new partners”, especially air defense systems, “which these countries desperately need,” according to the military analyst.
Ben-David explained that “the Mossad, which paved the way for the agreements, appealed to the leaders of the Israeli security services to stop looking at these countries as “Arabs”… this is another thing.”
In some areas, the military analyst said that “the Israeli Ministry of Defense was forced to retreat from its refusal position and allowed the sale of some technologies, such as offensive cyber equipment, but it remained firm in its refusal to sell systems in the field of air defenses.”
In light of the Israeli refusal, Ben David says, “The UAE went to buy an air defense system from South Korea.”
He pointed out that Israel missed the opportunity to sell the “Iron Dome” and “David’s Sling” systems, and set them up in the face of the Iranian threats that strike the UAE,” according to Ben David.
The military analyst believes that Israel was given another opportunity to provide a quick supply of air defense systems, interceptor missiles and radars, as the installation of advanced Israeli radars in the Gulf could be the cornerstone for building a regional defense system near Iran, giving Israel an early warning of any operations or attacks that might be launched from Tehran.
The same position is adopted by the military analyst of the newspaper “Israel Hayom” Yoav Limor, who confirmed that Israel refrains from selling air defense systems, specifically the “Iron Dome” and “David’s Sling” to the UAE, for fear of leaking technological and military information on how to manufacture, develop and operate these systems to other parties.
The military analyst believes that the Israeli security services are “wrong” for their refusal to sell the Israeli military air defense systems to the UAE, as despite the slight fears of technology and information leakage, such a deal will strengthen the relations and alliance between the two countries and consolidate Israel’s position in the Gulf.
Limor sees the UAE’s sale of Israeli air defense systems to counter Houthi attacks as an opportunity for the Israeli security establishment – apart from financial profit – to better deal with the latest Iranian weapons with regard to its various developments, most notably cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, drones and others, “which are now being distributed collectively in the region, which at some point will also strike here in Israel,” according to the military analyst.
Limor continued by saying that it is better for Israel to also “grant licenses for the sale of offensive cyber capabilities in the Gulf. The fear of American anger is clear, but Israel is a sovereign country, which must first and foremost take care of its interests,” noting that the Israeli fear of a Gulf transition From almost complete dependence on Israeli technology to dependence on Chinese technology.