Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit Middle Eastern Islamic state for the first time in history
DUBAI – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the United Arab Emirates by tomorrow, ten days before the fourth election in two years.
According to the latest reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting UAE for the first after normalization of their ties.
Israel's Haaretz newspaper said Netanyahu would meet with Emirati Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and return to Israel on the same day.
It was not immediately clear if he would also travel to Bahrain, as he had planned to do during the previously scheduled trip to the Gulf in February.
In early February, Netanyahu delayed his trips to the UAE and Bahrain for the third time, due to the restrictions on air travel as part of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Israel established formal relations with the UAE and Bahrain last September as part of a US-brokered agreement. The three countries share common concerns about Iran.
Since signing the peace agreement, Israel and UAE have started direct flights and discussed several business deals. The countries have also started talks over an oil pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean, whose operations Israeli officials treat as top secret.