After UAE and Bahrain, which Arab countries will recognize Israel?
On September 15 the United Arab Emirates and Israel signed at the White House the peace agreement between with the State of Israel. The Abraham Accord signed the beginning of a new era of peace for the Middle East. In the same day, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister also signed a separate peace declaration with Tel Aviv. The Abraham Accord was reached by Israel and the UAE after almost eighteen months of talks, today the majority of Arab countries are following the UAE leadership in the normalization of relationships with Israel.
At the signing ceremony, Trump affirmed that the deal will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region, highlighting that Muslims worldwide can now pray at Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that thanks to UAE, five additional countries want to establish relations with Israel. Netanyahu affirmed that discussions were already underway. So, which are the next Arab States to recognize the State of Israel?
On Thursday, outgoing US President Donald Trump announced that Morocco and the government of Israel have agreed to establish “full diplomatic relations” in a tweet.”Today, I signed a declaration recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Morocco’s serious, realistic and serious proposal for self-government is the only basis for a just and lasting solution to achieve lasting peace and prosperity!” The Donald said in a second post, adding that “Morocco recognized the United States in 1777. Therefore, we should recognize their sovereignty over Western Sahara.”
Morocco confirmed that diplomatic relations with Israel will be resumed as soon as possible. The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, described Washington’s decision to recognize Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed Western Sahara as a historic position. The monarch said during a phone call with US President Donald Trump: “The resumption of official bilateral contacts and diplomatic relations as soon as possible” with the Jewish state, according to a statement released by the royal court.Mohammed VI thanked Trump for his recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara, considering it a “historic position” and “frank and absolute support.”
Relations between Cairo and Tel Aviv are underway, commercially and from the point of view of cooperation in defense and security. Particularly in the fight against terrorism in the Sinai Peninsula. The two countries carry out joint military campaigns against terrorist groups, including Daesh and Al-Qaeda, also exchanging intelligence information. Yesterday, Israeli media reported that Netanyahu is preparing to make an official visit to Cairo in the coming days.
The objective of the trip should be the meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with the aim of further tightening relations between the two countries, among which there is a peace agreement, in anticipation of their arrival at the White House by Joe Biden and also the Iran dossier. Netanyahu’s last visit to Egypt occurred in 2001 while he met Sisi in 2017 as part of the UN General Assembly. The date of Netanyahu’s arrival in Cairo could be December 23. The day in which the time established by the law to approve the 2020 budget expires.
The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia spoke yesterday of “an imminent turning point in the Gulf crisis.” Advisor and son-in-law OF the U.S. president Jared Kushner stated on Thursday that the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel is a matter of time. “The rapprochement between Israel and Saudi Arabia and the full normalization of relations between them at this stage is inevitable, but the timetable should be established,” Kushner told reporters. So, from the leaked rumors, Riyadh could also follow its allies in the Gulf.
The Kingdom of Jordan could soon reaffirm the peace process and talk about normalization with Israel.On 26 October 1994, Jordan and Israel signed the peace treaty in a ceremony held in the Arava valley of Israel, north of Eilat and near the Jordanian border.The peace treaty consists of a preamble, 30 articles, 5 annexes, and agreed minutes. It settles issues about territory, security, water, and co-operation on a range of subjects.
Talks are also underway between Israel and Lebanon, despite the opposition of Hezbollah. Bayreuth could find herself rediscovering Israel very soon in an agreement on the waters and the southern borders, as well as to protect her energy interests. Finally, among the countries that already have relations with the Jewish state, there are Algeria and Mauritania, while Sudan has already formally recognized Tel Aviv.