Surveillance ties | Underreported

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Only days after the United Arab Emirates and the Israeli regime agreed to establish full diplomatic ties, the head of the regime's foreign intelligence service made a quick trip to Abu Dhabi.

In fact, the first visit to the UAE by an Israeli official was made by Mossad Chief to discuss cooperation in the field of security and issues of common interest.

Long before the new chapter of relations between Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv, the Emiratis had worked with Israeli surveillance experts and firms. Now with normalized ties, and given a history of cooperation between the two sides, there are fears that the agreement might pave the way for more repression of Emirati journalists and rights activists at home, and of course, an uptick in cyber-attacks and surveillance operations in the region and beyond.

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