Days after the deal with United Arab Emirates to normalize mutual relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the country as an ‘advanced democracy’, Anadolu Agency reported.
Netanyahu was hosted by the UAE-run Sky News Arabia on Monday to glorify the normalization agreement between Israel and UAE.
“The deal connects the UAE with Israel; both of them are advanced democracies and their societies are advanced,” Netanyahu was quoted by Haaretz as saying when asked about how the deal will serve regional peace.
Netanyahu later uploaded a video of the interview on his official Twitter account, but deleted it shortly afterwards.
The UAE is a hereditary monarchy with very limited political freedoms. The Gulf state is rated as ‘not free’ by Freedom House, a US research group that studies democracy and political freedom throughout the world.
In the latest survey, the UAE was given a score of 17 out of 100 in terms of freedoms and 5 out of 40 in terms of political rights, a score less than Iran, China and Russia.
There are no election in the UAE as all legislative, executive and judicial authorities are in the hands of the UAE’s Federal Supreme Council, a body consisting of the leaders of the seven emirates of the UAE.
Last week, US President Donald Trump announced a deal between Israel and the UAE to normalize their relations. The so called ‘Abraham Agreement’ was condemned by Turkey, Iran, Ghana besides the Palestinian leadership across the divide.
The UAE is the first Gulf state and third Arab nation – after Egypt and Jordan – to establish full diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
With inputs from Anadolu Agency
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