Israel and UAE space agencies sign space exploration agreements
As part of the deal, the UAE will work on Israel’s second landing attempt after its first – the Beresheet 1 mission – crashed in 2019.
The agreement between the two countries will also allow UAE and Israeli universities to launch research collaborations on space data. [Getty]
The United Arab Emirates and Israeli space agencies signed agreements to strengthen cooperation in scientific research, space exploration and knowledge transfer during Expo 2020 Dubai Space Week.
UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology Sarah Al-Amiri met with her Israeli counterpart Orit Farkash-Hacohen to sign the first-of-its-kind deal aimed at accelerating economic growth and human progress, according to the Emirates news agency. WAM report.
The UAE will work on Israel’s second moon landing attempt – the Beresheet 2 mission – as part of the deal, developing scientific instruments to land a spacecraft on the moon by 2024, after the 2019 Beresheet 1 lander crashed before reaching its target.
“Sharing knowledge and expertise is a key part of the UAE’s vision (…) if you look at the most successful global space programs in history, the common denominator is collaboration,” said said Al-Amiri.
A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of outer space was signed today between the #UNITED ARAB EMIRATES and #Israel. The memorandum of understanding was signed by SE @ sarahamiri1 and he @FarkashOrit. #UAEinIsrael pic.twitter.com/RiosduKX66
– Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Israel (@UAEinIsrael) 20 October 2021
“Israel has a globally recognized space industry and the development of bilateral and multilateral partnerships has never been more important as we enter a new era of space exploration,” Al-Amiri continued.
The agreement, which sets the stage for a mutually beneficial strategic partnership to strengthen efforts to collect and analyze scientific space data, will also enable UAE and Israeli universities to jointly initiate research collaborations.
On his return to Jerusalem, Farkash-Hacohen thanked Al-Amiri in a tweet for her “warm hospitality”, declaring that she looks forward to welcoming him, alongside the UAE Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Ahmad Belhoul, to Jerusalem “soon for new mutual collaborations”.
“Governments sign agreements, but the people and collaborations are the ones who really make peace,” said Farkash-Hacohen.
Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalize their relations in 2020, under the United States-sponsored Abraham Accords, alongside Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
The Palestinians condemned the agreements, saying they reward Israel as it continues to occupy the West Bank and besiege the Gaza Strip. Opinion polls have also shown massive public disapproval in Arab countries.