Report: Israeli PM Netanyahu secretly met crown prince MBZ in Abu Dhabi in 2018

Netanyahu said he had invited a UAE delegation to visit Israel, where "we will give them a red carpet welcome just as they welcomed us."


The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, secretly visited Abu Dhabi to meet the UAE’s crown prince two years before their countries’ recent deal, according to the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth. 

As per the newspaper’s diplomatic sources, the 2018 meeting with Mohammed bin Zayed was also attended by the director of Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, Yossi Cohen.

Netanyahu has long hinted at covert ties with Arab states and did the same again on Monday in a speech marking a summit in Abu Dhabi that carried the US-Israeli delegation on the first authorized commercial flight between the two nations.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with a UAE official upon his arrival at al-Bateen Air Base in Abu Dhabi, UAE. (REUTERS)

“There are many things that I cannot tell you about, yet I believe that in time they will come to light. You can witness the changes for yourselves – some of them, the tip of the iceberg, you have witnessed them in recent years,” said the Israeli PM.

Netanyahu said he had invited a UAE delegation to visit Israel, where “we will give them a red carpet welcome just as they welcomed us.”

From left, US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, Trump Administration Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash, and Israel’s National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat meeting in Abu Dhabi on August 31, 2020. (Israeli Prime Minister’s Office)

He also listed his recent meetings with Muslim leaders of Sudan, Oman, and Chad.

Monday’s flight received permission from Saudi Arabia to pass over its airspace, which has also been seen as a thawing of relations with Israel.

Israel’s flag carrier El Al before its first historic flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday. [Christopher Pike/Reuters]
This week’s summit strengthened the newly official diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE and was attended by the White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner.

A man wearing a mask bearing the flags of the US, Israel, and the UAE, watches a ceremony after an El Al plane from Tel Aviv, Israel landed in Abu Dhabi, UAE, August 31, 2020. (Nir Elias/Pool via AP)

Israel and the UAE agreed on Tuesday to set up a joint committee on financial services cooperation to promote investment between the two countries, an Israeli statement said.

(Malay Mail)

Emirati and Israeli officials meeting in Abu Dhabi signed the understanding, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the statement.

Palestinian Authority (PA) PM Mohammad Shtayyeh denounced the first commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi on Monday.

“It is harrowing to see today the landing of an Israeli plane in the UAE in a clear violation of the agreed Arab stance on the Arab-Israeli conflict,” PA news agency Wafa quoted him as saying.

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  • Gulf arabs have always been secret allies of Israel, thats why palestinians comtinue to suffer, Arab rulers are munafiq.

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