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Israeli’s Communications Minister Goes to Dubai, Israel Makes Diplomatic Push in Gulf

  • Amanda Casanova

    Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…

  • Updated Oct 30, 2018

The communications minister for Israel asked for “peace and security” as he spoke during a telecommunications conference in Dubai.

"Peace and security in every state... with economic and scientific progress is what guarantees a future for the coming generations," Ayoub Kara said at the conference in the United Arab Emirates.

The Arab areas have long debated whether Israel should be recognized as a state, but many of those Arab states have welcomed Israeli officials.

Kara’s visit comes after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Oman and Culture Minister Miri Regev visit to Abu Dhabi.

"This is the first time that an Israeli minister is here on a visit," Regev said of his visit to Abu Dhabi.

“The whole message here is of unity and peace,” he said.

According to reports, the Israeli national anthem was also played during a judo tournament in Abu Dhabi over the weekend when an Israeli athlete won gold.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s visit to Oman was the first meeting of its kind since 1996, according to NBC News.

Israel and Oman do not share diplomatic relations, but in a statement from both Netanyahu and the Omani sultan said they “discussed ways to advance the Middle East peace process and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.”

Photo courtesy: Getty Images/Uriel/Sinai Stringer