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Reports about an Israeli minister visiting UAE to raise finance for a military operation in Gaza denied
Israeli occupation minister of energy Silvan Shalom in Washington, DC on December 9, 2013 (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm)
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Gaza, ALRAY - A political analyst denied the reports quoted from Israel Channel 2 that Israeli minister intends to raise finance for a military action against the Gaza Strip.

Professor Saleh al-Naamy, an expert and in Israeli affairs, said the news originally reported by an Egyptian newspaper is unfounded; even it didn’t appear on the Channel 10 website or in TV shows.

Israeli occupation minister of energy traveled on Friday to the United Arab Emirates to attend a conference on renewable energy, AFP reported.

Silvan Shalom, a member of Netanyahu's Likud party, will head a delegation to the International Renewable Energy Agency's conference in Abu Dhabi, a spokesman was quoted by AFP.

In January 2010 Hamas military commander Mahmud al-Mabhuh was found dead in a Dubai hotel room, in what investigators in the UAE believe was an assassination carried out by Israel's Mossad spy agency.

Israel TV channel 10 said that the real aim of the visit was not the conference, but a political agenda. The visit was a move to arrange for a war on the Gaza Strip.

Channel 10 claimed that the UAE accepted an Israeli demand to finance a new military operation against Gaza should Israel completely end the rule of Hamas.

According to channel 10, Shalom met the UAE crown sheikh Mohamed bin-Zayed. Palestinian dismissed Fatah leader Mohamed Dahlan, who is renowned for his close relationship with Israel, attended the meeting.

Middle East Monitor contributed.

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