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Following Soleimani’s death, Israel’s Foreign Minister Katz cancels planned trip to Dubai

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Following Soleimani’s death, Israel’s Foreign Minister Katz cancels planned trip to Dubai

Following Soleimani’s death, Israel’s Foreign Minister Katz cancels planned trip to Dubai

Israeli security organizations pressure Foreign Min. Katz to cancel upcoming trip to United Arab Emirates.

Arutz Sheva Staff, 11/01/20

Yisrael Katz

Yisrael KatzKobi Richter, TPS

Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) has delayed his planned trip to Dubai, as per instructions by Israel’s security organizations, Channel 12 News reported.

According to the report, Katz was scheduled to travel mid-January to hold policy meetings in preparation for the 2020 Expo, which Israel is scheduled to participate in. The visit was expected to be the first time in 20 years that an Israeli foreign minister had visited the United Arab Emirates on an official visit.

However, since the elimination of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, terrorist leaders have threatened both the US and Israel.

On Friday, US President Donald Trump told Fox News that Iran had been planning to bomb four US embassies before Soleimani was eliminated.

At the same time, the Washington Post reported that US forces tried to eliminate Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and key commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force who has been active in Yemen, on the same day Soleimani was eliminated. The report, confirmed by four Washington officials, said that the attempt had not resulted in Shalhai’s death.

Katz said to postpone diplomatic trip to Dubai due to regional tensions

Foreign minister had planned to discuss his initiative for non-aggression treaty between countries, but was instructed by security officials to delay, TV news reports

By TOI STAFFToday, 11:37 pm  0

Foreign Minister Israel Katz arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting, at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on June 24, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Israel Katz arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting, at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, on June 24, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Israel Katz has postponed a planned visit to Dubai amid regional tensions following the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, Channel 12 news reported Saturday evening.

Katz was told by national security bodies to delay the trip due to the sensitive timing, the report said.

The visit to the United Arab Emirates was to be the first by an Israeli foreign minister in over 20 years.

Katz’s visit was set to focus on his plans to advance non-aggression treaties with several Arab countries in the Gulf. Katz has said the move aims to “end the conflict and enable civilian cooperation until the signing of peace agreements.”

A previous Channel 12 report said the deal in the workings is designed to provide for friendly bilateral relations, cooperation in a variety of fields, and no war or incitement, as both Israel and the Gulf states face an increasingly belligerent Iran.

Washington is also believed to be promoting the initiative.

View of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 29, 2018. (Aijaz Rahi/AP)

Channel 12 reported Saturday that Israeli officials believe Soleimani’s killing may actually open up new opportunities for closer ties with Gulf nations, amid the US standoff with Iran and Gulf states’ reliance on US support in countering Tehran. It did not provide further details.

Katz, who is also intelligence minister, has previously met with senior Arab officials at least twice: In early July, he met an unnamed senior Emirati official during a visit to the Gulf city of Abu Dhabi. Later that month, he shared a photograph with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa during an event hosted by the US State Department in Washington. It marked the rare instance in which a top Arab official is publicly documented meeting a senior Israeli figure.

In his speech at the UN in September, Katz stressed that Israel “has a clear policy to advance ties, and normalization with the Arab Gulf States.

“We have no conflict with the Gulf states, and we have common interests in the field of security against the Iranian threat as well as in developing many joint civilian initiatives,” he said.

“Israel has a lot of capabilities in many areas, including hi-tech, innovation, agriculture and water technology, which can help the Gulf states, and the Gulf states have a lot of capabilities that can help Israel as well,” he noted. “I hope that this cooperation will lead to the signing of peace agreements between our countries, as we did with Egypt and Jordan.”

Katz’s visit to Dubai was also intended to deal with Israel’s participation in the upcoming Expo 2020 world fair in Dubai, which begins in October.

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