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Israel and UAE face off in rugby

(JTA) — In what was likely the first-ever friendly sports match between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, their national rugby squads squared off Friday in Dubai.

In the first game, Israel defeated UAE 33-0. The teams mixed players for a second game.

The countries have warmed previously nonexistent relations since signing the Abraham Accords last year, which opened up formal diplomatic relations and trade, tourism and other agreements.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin congratulated both teams in a tweet and said that Israel hopes to host the Emirati squ...



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