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Lapid meets UAE foreign minister in Italy, amid hiatus in high-level visits | TOI - Aug. 8, 2023 |

No senior Emirati officials have been in Israel since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government came to power in late December.

Lapid, along with his wife, is in Italy for vacation this week on a flight paid for by his Yesh Atid party.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, Knesset sources say the funded trip was not approved by the ethics committee. Lapid's office said he received all the necessary approvals. [meeting with the enemy?]

Netanyahu was due to visit the UAE shortly after returning to office as his first state visit, but the trip was canceled after National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir's visit to the Temple Mount holy site in Jerusalem, which Abu Dhabi denounced as a "storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyard."


Bin Zayed visited Jerusalem in September, marking two years since the signing of the Abraham Accords, the US-brokered agreement that normalized ties between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain. Morocco followed suit and normalized relations with Israel soon after.

The Emirati foreign minister was also in Israel in March 2022 for the Negev Summit along with Bahraini, Moroccan, Egyptian and US counterparts, where they agreed to form a regional forum to discuss regional issues. Lapid initiated that forum, which has yet to reconvene.

Return of Netanyahu Defines End of Democracy | by Oui on Oct 30th, 2022 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 9th, 2023 at 07:43:53 PM EST
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