by: Ilse Strauss
Thursday, 19 November 2020 | In what Israeli media hailed as the “fruit of peace,” the first display of Israeli produce—including mounds of farm-fresh fruit and vegetables harvested from the Promised Land arranged proudly under the blue and white flag of Israel—appeared on the shelves of a leading United Arab Emirates (UAE) supermarket over the weekend.
The Fresh Market in Dubai’s Ras Al Khor marked the historic introduction of Israeli products into the UAE market on Sunday with an official opening ceremony at the wholesale and retail market. The event was attended by high-ranking UAE dignitaries as well as Shlomi Fogel, Chairman of Carmel Agrexco, Israel’s largest exporters of agricultural produce and the contact point on the Israeli side that enables local farmers to export their produce to the Gulf state.
“We are excited to be part of the growing ties between Israel and the UAE,” Fogel said. “Together with our colleagues in Dubai, we are beginning to see the ‘fruits of peace’ today.”
The UAE is one of the world’s foremost importers of fresh produce. In 2015 alone, Dubai imported a record 21,000 tons of fruit and vegetables per day. The Fresh Market is at the heart of the thriving fresh produce trade in Dubai, with countless customers streaming through its doors to purchase thousands of tons of local and imported agricultural produce.
To date, the bulk of the UAE’s fresh fruit and vegetables came from South Asia and Australia. Israel does, however, present a much more attractive option given the proximity of the Jewish state and speed with which the products can be transported from farm to shelf.
“Within few hours of picking, the fresh produce can reach points of sale,” Fogel pointed out. “It’s a fact that Israeli agriculture is highly advanced and we are confident that everyone will enjoy our produce.”
He added that Israel is eager to share its know-how and expertise with the Gulf state, with Carmel Agrexco investing in agricultural farms in the UAE, incorporating the latest innovations in agricultural technology.
The Israeli products proudly arranged under an Israeli flag in one of the UAE’s top supermarkets—particularly while world bodies and Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) bend over backward to convince humanity to shun Israeli products—is but one of the “fruits” of the normalization of relations between former foes Israel and the UAE.
Dubai’s decision to embrace Israel’s outstretched hand of peace following decades of animosity made the UAE the third Arab country after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994 to recognize Israel.
Posted on November 19, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 19, 2020)
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