Union with North American foundation leads to blue-and-white international success.
Hatikvah was heard after Israeli gymnast won the gold medal during the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup series.
Sagi Muki and Peter Palchik both won gold medals at the completions where the Israeli national anthem was played in in Abu Dhabi for the first time.
For many years, the toxic mixing of sports and politics went unchallenged. But in recent years that began to change.
The visit is part of a seemingly new chapter in warming Israeli ties with Dubai.
The trigger for the latest round of threatened diplomatic warfare was, of course, the passage on July 19 of Israel’s Nation-State Law.
Since its founding in 1948, Israel has grappled with the conundrum of being both a Jewish nation-state and a democracy. Is it even possible?