Title: Israeli Weapons Makers Absent at Dubai Airshow Amidst Israel-Hamas Conflict
Dubai, UAE: In a surprising turn of events, major Israeli arms manufacturers, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, left their exhibition stands empty at the recently-held Dubai Airshow. Occurring simultaneously with the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, the absence of these companies raises questions and speculation regarding their stance on the ongoing war.
The exhibition stands, strategically positioned near the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state arms maker EDGE, remained unattended, and it remains unclear as to why the Israeli companies did not have any representatives present. Visitors to the event were taken aback, with the IAI’s stand being cordoned off by red ropes, leaving attendees perplexed about the absence of any available staff.
On the other hand, Israel’s Elbit Systems had a manned exhibition stand but declined to respond to any media inquiries concerning their participation at the event. The silence surrounding their involvement only intensified speculations about the Israeli manufacturers’ presence and intentions.
Amidst the heightened tensions in the region, numerous Arab and Muslim countries have been campaigning to halt arms sales to Israel. Their appeals stem from the mounting death toll resulting from Israel’s invasion of Gaza. The absence of Israeli exhibitors at the Dubai Airshow could potentially be interpreted as a response to these calls, although no official statement regarding this matter has been released.
It is worth noting that Israeli companies have only openly taken part in UAE exhibitions and conferences since 2020, following the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two nations under a U.S.-brokered agreement. Despite the international outcry against the war in Gaza, the UAE remains committed to maintaining its diplomatic relationship with Israel.
As the conflict continues to escalate, this unexpected turn of events at the Dubai Airshow highlights the complexities and sensitivities surrounding the Israel-Hamas war. While the reason behind the absence of Israeli companies at the event remains uncertain, it underscores the divisions and differences of opinion within the international community regarding the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
Poh Diaries will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates as more information becomes available.
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