Following last week's dramatic diplomatic breakthrough, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are moving quickly to normalize ties.

Direct phone links have been established and Israelis are already inquiring about flights and holidays in the oil-rich Gulf state.

KAN's Mark Weiss spoke  with Dr Gadi Hitman , a lecturer at the Middle East and Political Science department at Ariel university and asked him why the UAE had decided to normalize ties with Israel at this juncture.