Israel signs its first trade deal with an Arab state

As the Abraham Accords gather momentum, Israel signs its first trade deal with an Arab state (the UAE), and an Israel-based TV network sets up its operations in Morocco:

Israel Economics Minister Orna Barbivai and UAE counterpart Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri sign a free trade deal (Photo: ANUJ TAYLOR/STRAP STUDIOS)

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Israel entered its first-ever free-trade agreement with an Arab state, when Economy Minister Orna Barbivay signed the deal with her counterpart in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

Ambassador to the UAE Amir Hayek succinctly announced the signing of the agreement on Twitter, writing “Done!” in response to a previous tweet on the topic.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett praised the FTA as “historic” and the fastest to be signed in Israel’s history. He thanked Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed Bin Zayed for accelerating the process.

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JNS News reports (with thanks: Michelle):

The Israel-based network i24News is expanding its operations to Morocco, the network announced on Monday evening at a gala event in the nation’s capital of Rabat.

CEO Frank Melloul said the company would be opening bureaus with broadcast studios in Rabat and Casablanca, according to a report by the network.

The company’s headquarters are in Tel Aviv; it launched news channels in English, French and Arabic in 2013.

It also has broadcast studios in France, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

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