Jerusalem24 – Hebrew media reported that the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, canceled the visit that he was expected to make, today, Thursday, to the United Arab Emirates, for two reasons, the first of which is related to his wife’s sickness, and the second is a dispute with the Kingdom of Jordan, which refused the passage of the flight through its airspace .
The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation quoted a political source as confirming the cancellation of the visit, due to the transfer of Netanyahu’s wife, Sarah, to the hospital due to her appendicitis.
In addition, the source confirmed that the Jordanian authorities refused, shortly before the start of the supposed visit, to organize Netanyahu’s expected trip to the Emirates via its airspace, which would have increased the flight duration by more than 2.5 hours.
Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, indicated that the Jordanian refusal is due to the cancellation of the visit of the Jordanian Crown Prince to Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday, as a result of disagreements over security and safety arrangements.
In this respect, Deputy Prime Minister and Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriate Affairs Ayman Safadi said that Crown Prince Al-Hussein bin Abdullah canceled his visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to preserve the right of Palestinians to perform prayers in the blessed mosque without restrictions.
Al-Safadi added, commenting on the crown prince’s cancellation of his visit to Jerusalem: “He wanted to visit Al-Aqsa Mosque to perform the prayers on the night of “Isra and Mi’raj” (Islamic event), but Israel changed the program of the visit and wanted to restrict the Jerusalemites, so His Highness decided to cancel the visit in order to preserve the right of the Palestinians to perform the prayer without restrictions.”
According to Israeli and Western press reports, Netanyahu was originally scheduled to meet in the UAE, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, as part of his first foreign visit since the signing of the “Abraham Accords” last September.
Israeli media also claimed that Netanyahu may also meet in the UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Reuters denied these allegations, citing a Saudi official) and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok.