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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s president on Monday invited the United Arab Emirates’ de facto leader to go to Jerusalem, praising his role in achieving a “noble and courageous” deal to normalise relations between Israel and therefore the UAE. The national flags of Israel and therefore the United Arab Emirates flutter along a highway following the agreement to formalize ties between the 2 countries, in Netanya, Israel August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Nir EliasBoth countries announced on Thursday they might forge formal ties under a U.S.-sponsored deal whose implementation could recast Middle East politics starting from the Palestinian issue to handling Iran, the common foe of Israel and Gulf Arabs. The deal drew anger and dismay in much of the Arab world and Iran but a quiet welcome within the Gulf. “In these fateful days, leadership is measured by its courage and skill to be groundbreaking and far-sighted,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote during a letter to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the prince of Abu Dhabi . “I haven’t any doubt that future generations will appreciate the way you, the brave and wise leaders, have restarted the discourse on peace, trust, dialogue between peoples and religions, cooperation and a promising future,” Rivlin wrote. “On behalf of the people of Israel and (me) personally, I take this chance to increase a call for participation to Your Highness to go to Israel and Jerusalem and be our honoured guest,” Rivlin said within the letter, which his spokesman released publicly. The Palestinians have called the deal a “betrayal” by an Arab country that they need long looked to for support in establishing a state in Gaza, East Jerusalem and therefore the occupied West Bank , lands Israel captured within the 1967 Middle East war. “I am hopeful,” Rivlin’s letter went on, “that this step will help build and strengthen the trust between us and therefore the peoples of the region, a trust which will promote understanding between us all. “Such trust, as demonstrated within the noble and courageous act, will set our region forward, bring economic well-being and supply prosperity and stability to the people of the center East as an entire .” Related CoverageU.S. won’t approve Israeli annexations for ‘some time’, Kushner saysPalestine Liberation Organization official Wassel Abu Youssef condemned Rivlin’s invitation, saying “the visit of any Arab official to Jerusalem through the gate of normalisation is rejected.” Any such top-level Arab visit might be politically explosive given Jerusalem’s internationally disputed status. Israel seized the eastern a part of the town in 1967 and annexed it during a move that has not won world recognition. It considers all of Jerusalem its capital. Reporting by Jeffrey Heller with additional reporting by Ali Sawafta in Ramallah and Nidal al-Mughrabi in Gaza; Editing by Mark HeinrichOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.