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Dermer said to make secret visit to UAE ahead of possible Netanyahu visit

Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer arrives at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on December 29, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer arrives at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on December 29, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer made a secret visit to the United Arab Emirates yesterday, the Walla news site reports.

Dermer, who was instrumental in negotiating the Abraham Accords deal that saw Israel normalize ties with Abu Dhabi when he was ambassador in Washington, is the first Israeli minister to visit the UAE since the establishment of the new government.

The report says one of the main goals of the trip was to discuss a possible visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu was set to visit several times before leaving power in 2021, but ultimately did not make the trip.

The report also says Dermer’s visit was aimed at reassuring the UAE regarding some of the far-right members of the new government, in particular after National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir made a controversial visit to the Temple Mount.

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