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Israel Katz
Photo: Avi Moalem
Israel Katz

Foreign minister postpones Dubai visit over security concern

A top Israeli diplomat says Israel was taking precautions lest Iran tries to target Israel Katz, who was set to attend Expo 2020 in the UAE; earlier reports suggested Israeli intel was used by the U.S. in a mission to kill top Iranian general

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Published: 01.12.20 , 10:50
The foreign minister has postponed a visit to Dubai this month due to security concerns, diplomats said on Sunday, linking the decision to Iran-U.S. tensions.
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  • Israel Katz, who doubles as intelligence minister, had been scheduled to attend mid-month meetings in the Gulf emirate ahead of its Expo 2020 Dubai but "on the instruction of security officials" would defer the visit, an Israeli diplomat said, without giving a new date.
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    Israel Katz
    (Photo: Avi Moalem)
    Another diplomat, who also requested anonymity, said Israel was taking precautions lest its arch-foe Iran try to target Katz as part of retaliation against its U.S. ally. The diplomat did not cite evidence to indicate any specific threat.
    Decades-old hostilities between Tehran and Washington have boiled over in recent weeks, with a U.S. strike killing a senior Iranian commander and Iran firing missiles at Iraqi airbases hosting U.S. forces in response.
    NBC News reported Sunday that Israeli intelligence was used by the U.S. in a mission to assassinate Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy.
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    Iran and Israel have been fierce regional enemies since the 1979 Iranian revolution. Israel has in recent years built up ties with Sunni Gulf states that share its worries about Iran.
    Though it does not enjoy formal relations with the United Arab Emirates, Israel will have a pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which opens in October - participation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described as part of "normalisation with the Arab states".

    First published: 10:50 , 01.12.20
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