Israel says UAE visit ‘making history’ – Palestinians call it ‘shameful’
Swissinfo:  A group of United Arab Emirates officials became the first Gulf Arab delegation ever to visit in Israel on Tuesday, cementing a normalisation deal in an occasion that Israel and U.S. officials described as historic but the Palestinians called “shameful”.  The UAE and Gulf neighbour Bahrain became the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to establish formal ties with Israel despite ongoing differences over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The deals, forged largely over shared fears of Iran, were brokered by U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of next month’s U.S. presidential election.  “We are making history in a way that will stand for generations,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in welcoming Emirati Economy Minister Abdullah bin Touq al-Mari and Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid al-Tayer.  They were accompanied by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and other American officials on the flight from Abu Dhabi to Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv. The visiting party was restricted to the airport because of concerns over COVID-19.
“I think that the visit of such a high level delegation from the UAE… will show our peoples, the region and the entire world the benefit of having friendly, peaceful and normal exchanges,” Netanyahu said.
Four agreements were signed – on the promotion and protection of investments, cooperation in science and innovation, civil aviation and visa exemptions.
Tayer said the deals offered “great opportunities” to “achieve prosperity for both our economies, and our people”.
Citing discussions on taxation and financial relations, he said there had already been significant progress and added: “We look forward to welcoming you to the UAE in the near future.”