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Israel Proposes Training its Imams in UAE

Israel Proposes Training its Imams in UAE

Wednesday, 6 October, 2021 - 05:15
Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked gives a statement at the Knesset (Parliament) in Jerusalem on July 5, 2021. (AFP)

Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, who is on an official visit to the UAE, announced on Tuesday that an agreement to cancel entry visa requirements for both states’ citizens had been signed between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi.

The agreement goes into effect on Oct. 10.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Executive Director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, met at Wahat Al Karama with Israeli Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked and the accompanying delegation.

According to the state-owned WAM news agency, Shaked also wrote a word in the visitor’s log, expressing her utmost respect and appreciation for the brave martyrs of the UAE.

Wahat Al Karama is Abu Dhabi’s national and cultural landmark designed to commemorate the sacrifices and heroic deeds of UAE martyrs to defend their homeland and protect its achievements.

Shaked made her first official visit to the UAE, where she met her counterpart Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on the sidelines of the Dubai Expo 2020 on Monday.

Shaked revealed having suggested to her Emirati counterpart that Palestinian imams in Israel could be trained and educated in the UAE on “religious moderation, tolerance, and combating violence.”

The Israeli interior minister had proposed “training and educating Muslim imams who are citizens of Israel in Sharia colleges in the Emirates.”

The Israeli interior ministry oversees the appointment of around 300 imams who are Palestinian citizens of Israel across 270 mosques in Arab towns.

Shaked also reportedly highlighted the importance of the strategic relationship between the two countries and called on continuing ties and implementing agreements signed to strengthen bilateral ties.

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