UAE newspaper splashes Smotrich’s comments across its front page

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The front page of the UAE-based 'The National' on March 22, 2023.
The front page of the UAE-based 'The National' on March 22, 2023.

Amid serious turbulence in the Israel-UAE relationship, the English-language Abu Dhabi-based The National leads with Smotrich’s comments over the fold.

“Concern at Israeli Minister’s Palestine Insults,” reads the headline.

The newspaper is officially a private outlet, but it is owned by UAE’s deputy prime minister Mansour bin Zayed, brother of President Mohamad bin Zayed, and as such can be seen as a reliable expression of government sentiments.

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