Netanyahu delays first trip to UAE, Bahrain days before takeoff — report

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s upcoming visit to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain has been delayed due to the Israeli lockdown that began Sunday, the Walla news site reports citing Israeli and Emirati sources.

It is the second time in a month that a historic first official tour of Gulf countries by an Israeli leader — following the recent normalization agreements — has been postponed days before takeoff.

The visit was scheduled to take place next week, the report says.

A trip to Bahrain planned for earlier this month was previously pushed off, reportedly at the request of the Bahrainis who wanted the visit to be part of a larger regional tour that includes the UAE.