UPDATED 8:00 PM PT – Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the United Arab Emirates’ first ambassador to Israel met for the first time. Netanyahu and Mohamed Al Khaja met in Jerusalem on Tuesday, one day after the envoy arrived in the country to begin his new role.
Their meeting came after Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize relations under agreements brokered by the Trump administration. The pair reportedly had a warm meeting, with the two discussing a range of bilateral and regional projects.
“We are making history, and making history requires wisdom, courage and confidence,” Al Khaja stated.
I had the pleasure of meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. We discussed UAE-Israeli relations and bilateral cooperation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. I thank the Prime Minister for the warm welcome I have received in Israel. pic.twitter.com/YIG1rqOwpz
— Mohamed Al Khaja (@AmbAlKhaja) March 2, 2021
Netanyahu added, “and I would say competence too. Competence is also important, but we have all that in abundance so you’re going to have your hands full and we’re going to make sure you do.”
Since August, the U.S. has helped restore diplomatic ties between Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.