The Israeli Foreign Minister, Yisrael Katz, secretly visited the United Arab Emirates on Sunday in a new escalation of Abu Dhabi’s involvement in normalization.
Katz, a senior official in the right-wing Likud party and close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, met secretly with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed and discussed several files to promote coordination and normalization between the two sides, the Leaks said.
According to informed sources, the talks between the Israeli minister and Mohammed bin Zayed focused on supporting the UAE in its war on Yemen and its aggressive intervention in Libya, Egypt, Sudan, and other countries.
The sources added that they also discussed the UAE support for the American Deal of the Century which aimed at eliminating the Palestinian issue, especially following the American workshop held in Bahrain a few days ago.
The Israeli minister agreed with Ben Zayed, according to the sources, to promote the pace of normalization between Israel and the UAE in the next stage, especially political cooperation, military, and security.
Katz and Ben Zayed also discussed regional aspects, relations between the two sides, the need for what he called “confronting Iran’s threats in the nuclear issues, missile development, supporting regional terrorism, and Iran’s violence against regional interests.”
The two sides also discussed the joint activity to push forward economic relations between Israel and the UAE in various fields, such as advanced technology, energy, agriculture, and water.
Katz presented the initiative, called the “Tracks to Peace”, to the economic and strategic link between Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries through Jordan, the Israeli train network and the Haifa port on the Mediterranean Sea.
At the end of his visit, Katz said he was “very impressed” by his visit to Abu Dhabi and presented Israel’s interests to the Gulf states. According to him, the talks were about “a serious escalation in relations between Israel and the region.”
He added that he “will continue to work with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to promote the normalization policy from a position of strength, based on Israel’s capabilities, both in the fields of security and intelligence and in the various civilian spheres.”
He said that he sees this as one of the central challenges in his post as foreign minister and intends to continue this policy in the future.
Israel considers the UAE one of its most important allies and has advanced relations with Abu Dhabi in political, security and military normalization as well as modern espionage devices.
In recent months, official and security visits by Israeli delegations to the UAE have increased, as well as Israel’s participation in international conferences hosted by Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Last November, Israel’s Minister of Culture and Sport, Miri Regev, visited the Sheikh Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi while Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara delivered a speech at a conference in Dubai.
Recently, the UAE was the first Arab country to conduct joint military exercises with Israeli pilots in military exercises in Greece, prompting Tel Aviv to celebrate this participation.
Israel will also participate in the Expo 2020, which will be held in Dubai.
The UAE and Israel have secret relations, some of which are disclosed from time to time.
It turns out that the relationship Israel manages with the UAE is through the Ministry of Security, and security export companies, which generates large sums of money to security companies and Israeli businessmen, most of them former security.
Among these companies were Elbit, Security Industries, NSO, Vernet, Logic and Malmut Aeronautics, and security figures such as David Maidan, Matty Kokhavi, Amos Malka, Eitan Ben Eliahu, and others. Within the framework of these secret relations, Israel has sold modern technology, mainly security and intelligence.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has boasted of cooperating with Arab countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, as Israel reaps the sale of weapons and intelligence services for profits other than material profits, including neglecting the Palestinian cause, giving Israel the green light to do what it wants, according to Israeli analysis.