Israeli Minister, Miri Regev visits Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi

First Israeli senior figure to visit UAE: Miri Regev, who is an Israeli Minister of Sports and Culture paid a visit at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi on Sunday. She is the first Israeli senior figure to have paid a visit to the landmark location of UAE.

Even though Israel and UAE do not have any diplomatic ties yet Regev joined the team that was heading towards the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam. The Israeli Minister went on to social media to post her pictures and videos.

She was invited to UAE: In a video message, she told her viewers that she was invited by an official representative of UAE. Her visit to the landmark mosque was also because she received an official invitation for it.

On her visit, she was wearing an abaya topped with a veil. She also signed in Hebrew at the Mosque’s guestbook. She added that her visit that had finished was an exciting and powerful one. This visit had bought respect and pride among the two nations.

The national anthem of Israel was banned in UAE: The UAE in past had banned Israeli anthem to be played at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam. The Israeli athletes were not allowed to represent their country at the Abu Dhabi Judo Grand Slam nor did their flag appeared at the medal ceremony. Their anthem was not played when the winners received the medal.

However, when the international Judo Federation told that it would not allow Abu Dhabi to host the contest, the state agreed to respect the Israeli participants. This year, thereby the Israeli contestants were allowed to enter under their flag representation and for the first time, the Israeli anthem was played when one of the Israeli contestants named Sagi Muki received Gold Medal.

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People reaction: While many appreciated the Israeli’s Minster presence at UAE grand Mosque, there were mixed reactions on her visit. While some people said that UAE welcomes all and that this was a great initiative, some recalled the news when she called the prayer (Adhan) “crying dogs of Muhammad (Prophet Muhammad).”

People said that it is a shame to see such a woman at a mosque. People questioned that after such statements how come she visited the mosque.

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Israeli PM visited Oman: Few days before, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also paid a visit to Oman: A Gulf country. He meets the ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said.  It is said that the two held talks upon “very important talks for Israel's security.”

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