On Thursday, an Israeli citizen born in the United Arab Emirates received the nation’s first-ever Israeli passport from the Israeli consulate in Abu Dhabi.
The parents of Mateo David, who was born in May of this year, accepted the passport from Ambassador Amir Hayek in person, praising the “wonderful event.”
Danielle, the mother, is wed to a Belgian. She told the Ynet news site, “Because I am a Zionist, I stated to my husband I want to get the Israeli passport then the Belgian one after.”
There is a lot of respect for Israel in the United Arab Emirates. When I announce I’m Israeli, I get a lot of respect. She continued, “I’m pleased to say it here and to be here.
The first Israeli to be born in the UAE last year was the daughter of Ilan Sztulman Starosta, who oversees Israel’s first consulate in Dubai. At that time, the Gulf nation was unable to issue Israeli passports.
After signing the Abraham Accords, which were mediated by the US, together with Bahrain, Israel and the UAE resumed diplomatic relations in 2020. Shortly after, Morocco established full diplomatic relations with Israel separately, but Sudan joined the agreement just as a show of support and has not yet established diplomatic relations with Jerusalem.