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January 18, 2016 6:35 pm

Israeli Minister Reportedly Holds Secret Meeting in Abu Dhabi Over Iran Threat

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Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz. Credit: Olaf Kosinsky via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli Minister of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Yuval Steinitz. Credit: Olaf Kosinsky via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Yuval Steinitz—Israel’s minister of national infrastructure, energy and water resources—on Monday returned from a secret visit to Abu Dhabi over the weekend.

Israel’s Channel 2 reported that Steinitz, Netanyahu’s point man on the Iran nuclear program, made the visit under “heavy security” to “share concerns” with Arab Gulf leaders and other Sunni Arab states.

The secret meeting coincided with an energy conference in Abu Dhabi that also included Iranian officials.

In a sign of warming ties between Israel and the Arab Gulf states, Israel in November announced plans to open a diplomatic mission in Abu Dhabi as part of the United Nations International Renewable Energy Agency.

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  • Aaron_Merida

    Israeli politicians leak like a sieve. How can any progress in relations occur when the press, including the Jewish press, rush to print any hint of a meeting between an Israeli official and an Arab official? We treat such “secrets” apparently the way former SecState Clinton handled secrets!

  • Lewis Axel

    Israel can’t be seen at this point as being a war monger. Israel must be very careful not add tensions. Just let the card falls for a period of time. Iran will continue its proxy wars.

  • Lewis Axel

    It’s good that Israel reaches out to other nations; the country is too alienated. Plus, these are countries that Obama also stabbed in the back.

    My guess is:

    Obama could not hold the sanctions in place any longer because the business interests of P+1 nations became too difficult to do so. They were likely to pull out and embarrass the US. You can see these countries were positioned to invest in Iran. Obama, being the politician he is, knew a breakdown of sanctions leaving just the US would be an embarrassment to his leadership, so a “a deal was made” to unblock the billions in sanctions at the expense of US allies. No skin off Obama’s nose; he hates Jews, and has no allegiance to US allies. Plus, an opportunity to stick it to Netanyahu he wouldn’t miss. The fact that the countries against the deal are staunch allies and would come to US defense meant zero when it came to Obama wanting to leave office with more than “the first African American President” as his only legacy.

    Of course, Obama, in his prisoner swap, left the Jew in Iran. What optics. That should have been the first card played in the negotiations: prisoners out (all of them) and then the US will negotiate.

    A leopard never changes its spots. They get lighter and darker. but always there. Iran has its money, Obama will be gone, who knows what mess will arise now, like in Iraq after Bush left.

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