Israel lobbying Biden for Houthi terror listing, at UAE’s behest

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Israel lobbying Biden for Houthi terror listing, at UAE’s behest
Jerusalem says Abu Dhabi initiative an opportunity to curb Iranian hegemony, as Biden weighs desire to align with allies against concern over humanitarian fallout
By Jacob Magid
15 February 2022

WASHINGTON — Israel has been pressing the Biden administration to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels as a terror group, at the United Arab Emirates’ behest, two officials familiar with the matter told The Times of Israel. The Iran-backed Houthis have been blamed for a series of drone and missile attacks on the UAE and Saudi Arabia, which has ramped up in intensity over the last month. Amid the uptick in attacks, Abu Dhabi has stepped up its lobbying for the terror designation and has enlisted Israel in the effort. Jerusalem has agreed, telling Biden officials that reimposing the terror designation would curb Iran’s “reckless” influence in the region, an Israeli official said. “We’re not doing this only for the Emiratis. We believe such a step is in everyone’s interest,” the official added.

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