Israel‘s foreign ministry has reactivated a “virtual embassy” aimed at promoting dialogue with the Gulf countries.
First launched in mid-2013, the embassy had been active on Twitter for less than a year before going offline in early 2014.
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يسرنا أن نعلن عن إعادة إطلاق صفحة "إسرائيل في الخليج" بهدف تعزيز الحوار بين إسرائيل وشعوب الخليج. نأمل أن تسهم هذه السفارة الافتراضية في تعميق التفاهم بين شعوب دول الخليج وشعب إسرائيل في مختلف المجالات pic.twitter.com/eaoLyc8fJm
— إسرائيل في الخليج (@IsraelintheGulf) February 5, 2019
“We are pleased to announce the relaunch of ‘Israel in the Gulf’ page which aims to promote dialogue between Israel and the Gulf nations,” the ministry said on Tuesday.
“We hope this virtual embassy will contribute to deepen understanding between the peoples of the Gulf and the people of Israeli in various fields,” it added.
Ofir Gendelman, a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, took to Twitter before the relaunch to urge the Gulf followers to follow the page “with a view to promoting dialogue between you and us”.
While Israel does not maintain any diplomatic relations with any of the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) nations, analysts say some of the countries are not opposed to normalising ties with Tel Aviv.
Shortly after that visit, Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev attended a judo tournament in Abu Dhabi, where the Israeli anthem was also played.
Other Israeli officials who recently visited the Gulf include Communication Minister Ayoub Kara, who gave a speech during a telecommunications conference in Dubai on October 30.
Netanyahu has frequently spoken about growing Arab-Israeli relations over the last year.