The Dec. 13 visit of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in Abu Dhabi clearly reflected tightening bilateral relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. But are relations between Qatar and Israel also changing? A recently reported agreement in the diamond trade suggests they might be.
Qatar and Israel do not have diplomatic ties. Trade relations were first established in 1996, following the Oslo Accords, but were severed in 2009. Furthermore, the Gulf country kept its distance from the 2021 Abraham Accords, normalizing ties between Israel, Bahrain, the UAE, Morocco and Sudan.