Israeli settler delegation visits Dubai following UAE accord

A delegation of Israeli settlers is visiting Dubai, where they are meeting with Emirati business people to discuss commercial opportunities following the United Arab Emirates’ establishment of formal ties with Israel.

The visit angers the Palestinians, who view Israeli settlements as a major obstacle to peace and a violation of international law.

The delegation is being led by Yossi Dagan, the head of the Samaria Regional Council, which represents settlements in the northern West Bank. They arrived on Sunday and plan to remain in the Emirates until Thursday.

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

A council statement says the delegation held “marathon business meetings” with around 20 individuals and companies working in agriculture, pest control and plastics.

“The business people heard from them about the unique needs of the region and discussed with them cooperation, particularly in the fields of agronomy and water desalination,” it said.

Nabil Shaath, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, says it is “painful to witness Arab cooperation with one of the worst manifestations of aggression against the Palestinian people, which is the Israeli settlements on our land.”

— AP

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