President Herzog during his meeting with Sheikh Ben Zayed (Photo: Itay Beit On) (Maariv)
Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, in Abu Dhabi this evening (Monday) - while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has not yet been invited to an official meeting.
A source privy to the details of the meeting said that it lasted almost three hours.
This is the fourth meeting between Bennet and Zayed in a year and a half.
Prime Minister Netanyahu was supposed to visit Abu Dhabi in January, but his visit was canceled and no new date has been set since then.
Bennett met Bin Zayed at his palace in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and talked with him about strengthening cooperation between the countries.
During the meeting, Bennett told the President of the United Arab Emirates that he hopes that relations between the countries will strengthen even under the current government in Israel.
The two discussed the developments in Israel surrounding the protest against the legal revolution.
Bennett told Ben-Zayed that in his opinion the country would actually become stronger as a result of the events and that the demonstrations were "a sign of an Israeli society that wants life".
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Bennett and the President of the United Arab Emirates, this evening (photo: official website, no)
During the day, former Prime Minister Bennett held a series of five meetings with the heads of the Emirati administration and economy, including Sheikh Khaldoun Al Mubarak, CEO of Mubadala, and Sheikh Hamad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Last week, the Syrian
President Bashar Assad arrived on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates, for the second time since the outbreak of the war 12 years ago. Bin Zayed welcomed the Assad couple at the airport, and they were given an honor guard. The UAE foreign minister joined the letter of the Gulf countries along with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain,
Oman , Kuwait and Qatar, condemned to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken the statements of Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich that "there is no such thing as a Palestinian people" and that "Havara should be erased." "We call on the Biden administration to respond to the steps and statements of the Israeli government against the Palestinian people ", they wrote to Blinken.
Muhammad bin Zaid al-Nahyan
United Arab Emirates