Historic: Naftali Bennett travels to the United Arab Emirates on the first visit of an Israeli Prime Minister

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (Reuters)

Naftali Bennett Travel this Sunday to The United Arab Emirates On the The first official visit by an Israeli Prime Minister to the Gulfwhich normalized its relations with Israel in 2020.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is leaving today [domingo] (…) for the United Arab Emirates. it is expected that The Prime Minister will meet tomorrow [lunes] With the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin ZayedBennett’s office said in a statement.

“This is the first official visit by an Israeli prime minister to the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

It is also expected that the two leaders will try toEconomic and regional issues that contribute to wealth, prosperity and enhance stabilityā€¯ between Israel and the Emirates.

The visit comes as negotiations resumed in Vienna to save Iran nuclear deal Between Tehran and the major powers (the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and the United Kingdom). Israel criticized the talks, which Washington called for ending and taking “concrete measures” against Iran.


The deal, which offered Iran to lift some sanctions that choked its economy in exchange for a drastic reduction in its nuclear programme, which is under strict UN oversight, has been moribund since the United States unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018.

Washington reimposed sanctions, prompting Tehran to breach most of its commitments.

The UAE, which shares Israel’s opposition to Iran, remains an important economic partner of the Islamic Republic.

In early December, UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed visited Tehran, in the first visit by a senior Emirati official since relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia collapsed in 2016 after Riyadh executed an influential Shiite cleric.

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After that, the UAE downgraded its diplomatic relations with Tehran.

– Abrahamic agreements –

On September 15, 2020 United Arab Emirates and Bahrain They became the first Arab states in the Gulf to publicly normalize their relations with Israel, under the impulse of then-US President, Donald Trump, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the architect of this strategy.

The so-called Abrahamic agreements also led to the emergence of similar covenants with Morocco and Sudan.

It was signed by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and approved by the current Israeli ruling coalition, then in opposition.

The Palestinians denounced it as a betrayal because resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been a condition for any normalization of relations between Arab countries and Israel.

In June, the head of Israeli diplomacy, Yair Lapid, launched a newspaper The first embassy of Israel in the Gulf, in Abu Dhabi, as well as a consulate in DubaiDuring an unprecedented official visit, Emirati officials did the same in Tel Aviv.

Emirates, which has been diversifying its economy for decades to reduce dependence on oil, has signed a series of agreements with Israel since normalization, ranging from tourism to aviation through financial services.

(With information from AFP)

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