Israeli Professor Knows UAE from Close Up

(Ha'aretz) Israel Fisher - Prof. Ron Robin, currently president of the University of Haifa, knows the UAE from close up; he resided there to help recruit faculty for New York University's Abu Dhabi campus over a decade ago. "The people who I dealt with understood I was Israeli. I didn't hide it because people would have assumed I had something to hide. Their immediate reaction was surprise and afterwards immense curiosity." He describes Emiratis as different from the Arabs in Israel's neighboring countries. "They are religious, but the Islam of Abu Dhabi is a lot more moderate than the Islam we know of Saudi Arabia or even our region." Emiratis support the Palestinians, but they are far more concerned with domestic issues and economic development.

2020-09-29 00:00:00

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