Space

The Israeli-Arab Extraterrestrial Accords

Israel and the United Arab Emirates pledge to cooperate in space, potentially paving the way for a joint mission to the Moon or beyond.

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The new Middle Eastern accord quite literally reaches for the stars. As part of the deal, inked earlier this week, Israel and United Arab Emirates have committed to cooperate in space exploration.

The Abraham Accords, signed September 15, formally normalized Israel's relationship with both Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. While geopolitical concerns have dominated both the substance of the accords and media coverage of the deal, the signatories also pledged a "common interest in establishing and developing mutually beneficial cooperation in the field of exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes," which may include "joint programs, projects, and activities."

Both Israel and the United Arab Emirates have thriving space programs. The Israeli Space Agency, founded in 1982, has launched a number of satellites—most notably, in 2019, the Beresheet Lander to the moon. Co-designed and built by the Israeli companies SpaceIL and Israeli Aerospace Industries, Beresheet was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and made it all the way to the Moon for less than $100 million dollars.

Unfortunately, the Beresheet lander crashed into the lunar surface due to a mechanical error. Still, the fact that the Israeli Space Agency was able to get that close is significant. The only other nations who have been able to get that close to the lunar surface are the Americans, the Chinese, and the Russians.

The Emirati space program is significant too. Currently rocketing its way from Earth to Mars is the Al-Amal (Arabic for "Hope") satellite, which launched in July. It is expected to arrive in February, when it will begin to investigate Martian weather patterns.

It is too soon to know how the accord will affect the two space programs. But on August 17, before the Abraham Accords were signed, Israeli Minister of Science and Technology Izhar Shay said that cooperation was "imminent" and that "[t]he infrastructure is there for the commercial engagements for the sharing of know-how and mutual efforts." Among the possibilities: Israeli lander technology and the the Emirates' Mars shot could combine to lead to a landing on the Red Planet; Emirati and Israeli astronauts join the U.S. on an Artemis moon mission; the two nations could launch a joint mission to explore the dwarf planet Ceres.

Clearly, space exploration is no longer the exclusive realm of the world's superpowers. And whatever libertarian objections one might have to spending public dollars on space, scientific cooperation is certainly preferable to political rivalry. The Earth is about 42 million miles from Mars. Our human disputes may look a little less significant from out there.

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  1. This is really cool. This could potentially lead to the development of a UAE spaceport on their east coast over the Gulf of Oman, with access for both countries. Right now, Israel only has access to retrograde orbital launches over the Mediterranean. Of course, it would be a little less business for international launch providers (Spacex, Arianespace, Rocosmos, etc) if the countries developed domestic launchers/infrastructure. But hey, the more competition and innovation the better.

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  2. Who the fuck cares about Bahrain and the Emirates?

    The Middle East conflict began the day after Jews supported by the “allies” declared that Palestine had become Israel.

    That was 72 years ago, and every year has marked Israeli oppression of PALESTINIANS who are not part of this “agreement”.

    Miko Peled is an Israeli, an author, a public speaker and the son of a famous Israeli general.

    He is also opposed to Israeli apartheid of Palestinians.

    In the following video he puts into perspective what you won’t see in our western propaganda.

    Between 38:00 and 45:00 in the video he describes Israeli terrorism.

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TOaxAckFCuQ

    1. Everyone, don’t forget, Rob Misek is a Holocaust denier! You can NOT (without endangering your moral-intellectual integrity) believe a damned thing that this ideologically blinded idiot has to say!

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        1. It’s that piece of shit Misek that Sqrls was replying to.

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    2. In the following video he puts into perspective what you won’t see in our western propaganda.

      The Western Propaganda that I’ve always received is that the Jews are Nazis who serially oppress the Palestinians. Does the Israeli General tell a different story?

      1. Listen to his facts and decide.

        If you don’t you’re just another dime a dozen bigot.

        How would you like North Korea, with the help of every other nation, to rename the US, terrorizing everyone bulldozing all neighborhoods, and rebuilding them for North Koreans only?

        That’s what it’s like to be Palestinian.

        Thing is, Palestinians have far more grit than you.

        1. You use “bigot” and “you’re afraid” a lot, your arguments come off as repetitive and lacking depth or nuance.

          1. Maybe you could try refuting them.

            1. Why? I can safely ignore you and your arguments because of your lack or preparation and capability.

            2. You’re a crazy-eyed, hate-filled cultist, you piece of shit. Even if you were there and saw things with your own eyes you’d still stick to your untenable beliefs.

    3. Yep, the game has changed, and the Palestinians ate running out of time to make a beneficial peace agreement, as more and more of their former supporters and benefactors continue to decide “We’ve had enough; we’re moving on without you.”. You certainly don’t have to like it, but you do have to learn how to deal with it.

      Those who say “no” to everyone all the time for too long will inevitably find themselves isolated and alone.

      1. Indeed. And President Trump is the first rational person in the WH from that respect who finally realized truth and justice in the Middle East.

        1. “Why can’t we do a mideast peace deal?”
          “Well we’ve tried, but the Palestinians keep saying no.”
          “Okay. Why do we need the Palestinians to agree?”
          “Ummmmm… I guess we don’t.”
          “Alright, then let’s do this thing.”

    4. Wow, you are genuinely retarded, just like Miko Peled.

      There had never been a sovereign state called Palestine. It was a historical name for a geographical region, that just so happened to be under British control after the WW I. Before that, it belonged to the Ottoman Empire for hundreds of years. It was scarcely populated by various people – including Arabs and Jews – and when the British took over it was a desolate, uncultivated and poor place. The Jews only did good for the land, after they purchased various lots from absentee landlords. They drained swamps (literally) thereby stopping malaria, invested into the local economy, infrastructure, transportation, etc… And this all happened in accordance with international law, specifically:
      – the decision at the San Remo Conference which was largely based on the previous Balfour-declaration
      – then the League of Nations decided that the SRC decision is legally binding, and to this day, this is the only relevant international legal document and law that is effect
      – it clearly states that the “close settlements throughout the region” for Jews is to be allowed and supported

      While it was officially the job of the British to help the Jews, and in the beginning they kinda did, they eventually betrayed both the Jews and international law. By limiting immigration of Jews, they breached and betrayed their responsibilities as trustees. As such, the conflict and initial problems are stated to emerge. But even worse than the British, were the local Arab leaders most specifically al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. He literally befriended Hitler and called the Arabs to arms to massacre the Jews. The first such horrendous even was the Hebron massacre. So the whole conflict, the first atrocity, and even the first wars were all started by the Arabs, with some help of the British of course. The Jews literally did nothing wrong: they paid for the trip, they were allowed to be there as per international law, and last but not least, they were literally kicked out from Europe (if they were lucky to survive Europe).

      Furthermore, Israel is of course not, and cannot possibly be an apartheid state for various reasons:
      – apartheid means two difference legal system within the same state: Israel is one state, and the non-state entity that the Palestinians govern are governed by themselves, not by Israel, they have de facto autonomy in Gaza and in the territories too
      – apartheid is based on racial motives: in Israel there is no such motives, Arabs live in Israel, and non-Jews live in Israel too, and everyone is equal under the law, Arabs and non-Jews are present in the higher echelons of society, just as much as Jews (in fact, the US was in the middle of desegregation when Israel had Arab and Druze ambassadors, just to name a few things, or we can also mention that Arabs always had a vote, from day one during elections)

      So the so called Palestinians are of course not oppressed, they aren’t living in apartheid, and they are most certainly responsible for everything that happened to them in their history. Six Arab countries attacked Israel, they wanted to massacre all Jews, they failed to achieve their goals, and now their angry. Understandable, but I’m not willing to be sorry for would-be-genociders. If the Arabs really did wanted to help their “cousins” then they could have done that instead of keeping them in refugee camps and stripping them off of their citizenship. But I guess this is fine and dandy, since it doesn’t really matter if Arabs are killing or oppressing Arabs. But God forbid that Israel dares to defend itself from literal terrorists and fundamentalist crazies.

      1. Then why would jews reference “Palestine” via the Balfour Declaration in their bogus declaration of Israel?

        1. Palestine, as every educated person on this planet knows, is a historical name for a geographic region in the Levant. It was coined by the Romans, and it is derived from a group of people who were the enemies of the Jews at the time, called Philistines. Therefore, it is a historical designation of a geographic region situated inside the Levant.

          1. Palestinians lived there, along with Jews, relatively peacefully, until jews decided to make it their own little apartheid shitshow.

            1. No. The first murder, the first massacre and the first war had all been started by the Arabs. The whole conflict was started by the Arabs because they couldn’t accept peace with the Jews. This is the gist of it all, these are the facts. You clearly don’t like facts since you are a retarded anti-Semite.

              Anyone who believes in the apartheid blood libel is an idiot beyond measure.

        2. I wish you’d make up your mind. Upthread you placed the start of the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948 (not to mention you claim that this is the first mention of Israel). Now you say it started in 1917 with Balfour.

          1. Try to keep up dimwit.

      2. Peled clearly explains the Israeli laws that oppress Palestinians.

        1. And as I have stated previously, Peled is wrong and retarded, and so are you. It can’t be helped: statistically speaking, a certain margin of the population is bound to be retarded. In Israel, these are Miko Peled, Norman Finkelstein, Gideon Levy, Ilan Pappé, etc… In the USA, it is apparently you, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and a large chunk of the DNC and their supporters.

          1. In his speech, that I linked to, specifically what did he say that is wrong?

            Your silence is deafening.

            1. As I states, you are just as retarded as Peled. Everything that crazy asshole says or states is a blatant lie and hate speech, so I need not to nitpick it all that much. But if you really like to dive into that you might as well google it, check out quore, or any other forums where you can check out the screenshots of his tweets. But then again, who am I talking to. You are the type of anti-Semite who on one hand denies the existence of the Holocaust than in your next sentence you lament the fact that Hitled didn’t manage to kill more Jews in the first place. That’s how irrational and deranged you really are. Just like Peled.

              1. You can’t find a single thing he said that is wrong.

                You’re full of shit.

                1. I have already explained everything and debunked all your lies in my very first and original reply to you. There is no point in repeating historical facts, either you accept them, or you continue to deny reality and remain a retarded anti-Semite. You will certainly continue to do the latter.

      3. Read the Balfour Declaration dipshit.

        1. I have read it several times unlike you who did not.

          1. Foreign Office
            November 2nd, 1917
            Dear Lord Rothschild,
            I have much pleasure in conveying to you, on behalf of His Majesty’s Government, the following declaration of sympathy with Jewish Zionist aspirations which has been submitted to, and approved by, the Cabinet.
            His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.
            I should be grateful if you would bring this declaration to the knowledge of the Zionist Federation.
            Yours sincerely,
            Arthur James Balfour

            Besides the fact that Britain HAD NO RIGHT to promise Palestine to Jews, how have JEWS lived up to this most important paragraph?

            “ being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine“

            1. They had every right to promise it. You might argue they didn’t have the capability to do that at the time, but they certainly had the right.

              The civil and religious rights of the existing non-Jewish communities had never been altered, harmed or threatened in any way, shape or form. In fact, they enjoy rights and freedoms that are literally unknown in the region to this day. Israeli is a liberal democratic free country from the very beginning. None of her neighbors can say the same thing about themselves. In fact, all Arab countries are more or less Judenfrei since they kicked out every single Jew that they could. The PA to this very day has various policies ensuring that e.g. they kill any of their own who dares selling land to a Jew, and they had already declared their “demand” to have 100% Judenfrei states in the future. Luckily, they’re in no position to demand any such thing.

      4. Then read a prominent Jews explanation of the Balfour Declaration.

        This was clearly spelled out by the solicitor and secretary to the UK Zionist organization Samuel Landman in his published 1936 paper Great Britain, the Jews and Palestine.

        A promise between global Zionists and the British government to bring the US into WW1 in exchange for Palestine.

        http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22380583-great-britain-the-jews-and-palestine

        1. Even if that would be true, and it is most certainly not, it wouldn’t mean a thing. The British were free to wage war, just like the Ottomans were. The Jews were free to enter into contracts with whomever they wished, through whichever organization they preferred. And since the so called “exchange” is clearly legal as per international law, this conspiracy theory is totally weightless.

          So as a deranged anti-Semite, you must try harder than this if you wish to demonize the only liberal democracy in the Middle East.

          1. The British weren’t free to promise the homes of Palestinians to Jews.

            1. They were, actually. As per international law the British took the entire Levant square and fair, along with the French. But the Arabs didn’t lose anything, it’s the other way around actually.

              1. Jews duped the US into WW1, that Britain was losing, to steal Palestine as their own still believing today that they are some dipshit “chosen people”.

                Extended WW1 by two years.

                Fucked Germany over, then declared economic war on Germany in 1933 driving WW2.

                Declaring “Israel” starting the Middle East conflict.

                All the while their grubby hands in US pockets for aid.

                1. You are beyond saving.

                  1. Refute any statement I make or fuck off Like a good little delusional dipshit.

                    1. The fact that you can’t even perceive that I have already refuted all your lies is… just sad.

                    2. I’m satisfied with the optics.

    5. The Middle East conflict began the day after Jews supported by the “allies” declared that Palestine had become Israel.

      Yes, there was never any war in the Middle East before those damn Jews went there and started them.

      1. Like always. Dipshits never learn.

    6. Damn it Misek.

      I wish you would only shit up the boards on uninteresting articles.

      1. That and a penny won’t get you anything.

    7. Can any of you brainwashed bigoted dipshits understand why you have such an emotional investment in an apartheid shitshow like Israel?

      1. calling people brainwashed bigoted dipshits online is about the girliest thing you can do man. is this the only place you post your fury?

        1. If the shoe fits.

          1. Or jackboot, in your case, stormfag.

        2. Maybe you don’t realize that you can’t refute my statements if you’re too bigoted to consider them.

          That could be because of the effectiveness of a lifetime of brainwashing.

          You’re a dime a dozen dipshit.

          1. He’s right though. Now fuck off back to Al Jazeera.

    8. IOW you admit that Israeli terrorism is so insignificant that it can be hidden, while Muslim terrorism is too big to hide.

      1. Who taught you that

        The Balfour Declaration was the contract between the UK and global Jews to bring the unwitting US into WW1 in exchange for Palestine.

        Globally Jews declared economic war on Germany in 1933 to force us all into WW2.

        That objective forensic review of the evidence is a crime in every nation where the holocaust allegedly occurred.

        Shown any of the gruesome details about victims of US policy around the world.

        Your beliefs are manipulated with propaganda and brainwashing to in turn manipulate your behaviour.

    9. He is also opposed to Israeli apartheid of Palestinians.

      Palestinians are free to make peace with Israel any time they like. The longer they wait, the less land they will be left with.

      1. “The longer they wait, the less land they will be left with.“

        That’s the Israeli plan.

    10. Ah, the resident anti-semite is back. As soon as I saw the article, I knew the anti-semite Misek would be attracted to it like a moth to a fire. It never fails. Every…single…time.

      Misek, you would be comical if you weren’t so sclerotic.

      All I have to do is breathe, and I have defeated you. Long after your sorry, pathetic, meaningless existence has ended, we Jews will live on. Assholes like you have been vanquished and relegated to complete and utter irrelevancy by people like me for five millenia now.

      Here is my response: Am Chai Yisrael!

      1. Your false narrative is defeated with the recognition of truth, reality, Kol Nidre dipshit.

        People are instinctively drawn to the truth when it is offered as an alternative to lies.

        You’re just another dime a dozen bigot.

        1. Enjoy living your completely irrelevant and meaningless life.

          L’Shana Tovah

          1. I’ll happily share the truth while you live in fear of it.

  3. “scientific cooperation is certainly preferable to political rivalry.”

    I don’t necessarily agree with this. Some of the greatest advancements in space exploration came about as a result of national pudding matches, while some of the most expensive wastes of time have been the result of cooperation.

    1. Ha, *pissing matches*

      1. I’d like to see a pudding match.

        1. It’s a spring break thing.

        2. Just remember you ask for it.

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          1. You’re a monster

            1. Webb Hubbell thought H was hot enough to do.

    2. 97% of scientists agree that scientific cooperation is superior to science denialism.

  4. This is just a a way for the Arab Emirates to trick Jews into going to the moon.

    1. You know if you’re on the Moon it’s real easy to chuck rocks at the Earth?

  5. Our human disputes may look a little less significant from out there.

    SPACE BALONEY! You can rocket me to Pluto and I’ll still look back at our beautiful blue marble and hold in contempt that I shared it with the City of Filthacrapia and the pushers of dark chocolate.

    1. Dehydrated NY-style “pizza”? Don’t make me go all Hyperdyne Systems model 120-A/2 on your ass!

      1. Yeah nobody in their right mind would eat it St Louis style. Provel barf.

  6. So the Palestinians will finally get a homeland?

  7. HOLY SMOKES!

    Someone at Reason has mentioned the Israeli-Arab peace agreements!

    1. It is a sight to behold.

  8. Jews In Space?

    1. hilarious.

    2. I came here to see if anyone would use that joke.

  9. Yes we should colonize space. However we also need to colonize the earth: billionaires should create resort communities where people can retire and leave jobs for others to work and support themselves and thereby obviate big government and charity. In return the residents vote for small government and low taxes – libertarian paradise.

    As for the Palestinians, they are being left behind in the dust. All of their allies are abandoning them. Soon they will have no choice but to demand one state with full freedom and equality. Then they can join the USA in paradise. Don’t knock it til you try it.

    1. As for the Palestinians, they are being left behind in the dust.

      Palestinians have their own political leadership to blame for their plight.

  10. kewl. step closer to Starfleet.

  11. So I guess they won’t have any space pork chops in their joint missions?

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  13. Waiting to see what they can come up with.

    Very cool.

    And there is nothing to be gained from debating neo Nazi racist anti Semitic trolls. They are here to make a libertarian website look like them.

    1. L’Shana Tovah Echospinner.

      1. You too. My wife is preparing her legendary chicken soup as we speak. Things are different this year of course but there is still much to be thankful for.

      2. So I have always wondered if you are in space how would you know what time Yom Tov starts?

        1. You use Jerusalem time or the time zone of where you normally reside on Earth, depending on the tradition of your rabbi.

          Same applies to living where there’s no sunset, such as South Pole scientific observatory during the winter, or northern area of the Arctic Circle in its winter. You’d go by the times of a city in the nearest temperate zone.

  14. So, a crossover with “Dune” and “History of the World, Part 2.”

    Or…

    SEE: JEWS… AND… ARABS… IN… SPAAAACE!!!

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