- Netanyahu met with UAE officials this week.
- White House adviser, Jared Kushner, was in attendance.
- He held talks with Qatar’s leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly met United Arab Emirates leader, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in 2018. This is according to a new revelation by Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. The publication has additionally revealed that Yossi Cohen, the head of the Mossad intelligence agency was in attendance.
The latest report highlights the behind-the-scenes happenings of the covert UAE – Israel relationship. The two countries recently struck a pact that will see the two nations forge greater cooperation in matters that include trade and intelligence sharing.
The treaty has made the US government more open to the sale of F-35 stealth fighter jets to the UAE. The Arab nation has for a long time now sought to have the stealth fighter planes in its military arsenal, but has regularly encountered major legislative red-tape.
Earlier this week, Netanyahu attended a conference in the UAE to discuss the latest peace deal between the two nations. He was accompanied by White House adviser, Jared Kushner.
Netanyahu highlighted the significance of the peace accord during the meeting, which he said was for the greater good of the Middle East region.
“This is a victory for the doctrine of peace for peace. If the Jewish state is strong the majority of the Arab world will make real peace with it. This concept stands in stark contrast to the notion that Israel has to appease the Arabs,” he said.
Kushner flew to Doha after the Abu Dhabi meeting to meet Qatar’s leader Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The Qatari leader affirmed that his nation supports a two-state solution that will see East Jerusalem become the capital of the sovereign Palestine state. The Qatari leadership sees this as one of the few ways to resolve the decades-old Israeli – Palestinian conflict.
According to the latest reports, the US government is brokering talks between Israel and other Muslim nations that wish to forge closer ties with Israel.
The UAE Reiterates Its Stance
In the aftermath of the meeting with US and Israeli officials, the UAE issued a statement reassuring Palestinians that the establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel does not in any way undermine the kingdom’s push for an independent Palestinian state.
The following is an excerpt from the statement issued by UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday in relation to this.
“The UAE’s stance will remain supportive of the Arab stand calling for establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
We will continue to support the Palestinian cause based on our historic stance that stems from a deeply rooted, unshakable belief that will never change as a result of any considerations.”
The Palestinians have lambasted the Emiratis for accepting a peace deal with Israel. The move is likely to undercut the UAE’s standing with other Arab nations in the region. This is because its collaboration with Israel will ultimately lead to a weaker union between Muslim states, especially when dealing with Israel.