Middle East Monitor / November 12, 2020
A delegation of Israeli settlers from illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank have met with UAE businessmen in Dubai to discuss trade and cooperation opportunities, Israeli media revealed on Wednesday.
The settlers’ delegation arrived in the UAE on Sunday for a five-day visit. Yossi Dagan, the head of the settlement council which represents settlements in the northern occupied West Bank, led the delegation.
“The business people heard from [the settlers] about the unique needs of the region and discussed with them cooperation, particularly in the fields of agronomy and water desalination,” reported Ynet News.
According to Dagan, “The UAE is an advanced country at the forefront of development and investment, and it is our honour to forge trade and industry ties with them.” The Jerusalem Post said that he wrote on his Facebook page, “Coming soon – direct export from Samaria [sic] to the UAE!”
Emirati businessman Yusuf Beidon said that the meeting opportunity was an honour. “Especially after the peace agreement with Israel was signed. This is an exciting moment for all of us, thank God for our leaders who brought us to this place.”
In a report in the Jewish Press, he added: “I could not believe that I would get to see this thing in my life. For us, brothers and sisters from both sides, from Israel and Dubai, sitting around the same table. It is a great honour.”
All of Israel’s settlements are illegal under international. Moving citizens onto occupied territory and building settlements is, in fact, a war crime.