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Emirati politician says Israel normalization should not be used in Israeli election

Former Minister of State Anwar Gargash made the bold comments following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again canceling his trip to Abu Dhabi.
A worker hangs election campaign posters for Israel's Likud party bearing a portrait of its leader Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a billboard in the Israeli central city of Bnei Brak, on March 14, 2021. - On March 23, the 71-year-old wily politician faces his fourth re-election contest in less than two years, after repeatedly failing to unite a coalition behind him, despite his devoted right-wing base.

Some Emirati politicians are upset with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he is using United Arab Emirates-Israel relations to bolster his reelection campaign.

Anwar Gargash, who served as minister of state for foreign affairs from 2008 until February, said the point of the normalization agreement between Israel and the UAE is not related to Israel’s election.

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