Israel has established diplomatic relations with many countries in the Middle East in recent years. Countries like Bahrain, Kuwait and UAE have restored relations with Israel and now Saudi Arabia may be the new country in this list. Reports indicate that Israeli and Saudi officials are working to finalize the agreement and that the US Joe Biden government is behind it.
‘The question is not whether Saudi will accept Israel as a neighbor’
Saudi Arabia does not yet recognize Israel and there is no diplomatic relationship between the two countries, but a Wall Street Journal report states that behind-the-scenes talks between Saudi Arabia and Israel continue, and if successful, in Middle East politics. Big changes can be seen. At the same time, decades of animosity between the two most influential countries in the region may come to an end. Officials say the question now is not whether Saudi Arabia will accept Israel as a neighbor, but when.
It may take time for the relationship to return to normal
The report says that Saudi Arabia has allowed many Israeli businessmen to visit Saudi Arabia because the two countries want to deepen their economic ties. The Saudi government is taking this step because of growing support among the Saudi public for relations with Israel. However, experts are not denying that official diplomatic relations could be years away.
The Abraham Agreement is the turning point
Reports indicate that through the Saudi-Israeli agreement, the United States is also working to mend strained relations with Saudi Arabia. David Makowski, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, has said that Israel wants to normalize relations with Saudi Arabia and that Saudi Arabia wants to normalize relations with the Biden administration.
The United States is taking the initiative to build Arab relations with Israel before the Israeli-Palestinian agreement. Although Saudi Arabia and Israel have been enemies for decades, relations between Israel and the Arab world have begun to develop since the Abraham Accords in 2020.
The two countries want normal relations
The Wall Street Journal reports that Israeli officials have visited Saudi Arabia several times in recent years. It also includes a visit by former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting with Netanyahu included then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Earlier, Yossi Cohen, the head of Israel’s intelligence service, also tried to normalize relations between the two countries.
The attitude of the leaders
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said last week that “we believe that the process of normalization with Saudi Arabia is possible.” It is in our interest. In a recent interview, Saudi Prince Salman said he supports working with Israel – a situation that would have been unimaginable a few years ago. “We do not see Israel as an enemy, we see it as a potential ally, with many interests that we can pursue together but we need to address some issues before we get to that,” he said. Have to solve
Disillusionment of Saudi Arabia with the Palestinian Authority?
“We are disillusioned with the Palestinian Authority run by President Mahmoud Abbas,” a Saudi official told the Wall Street Journal. We oppose Iran’s support for Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip. If Hamas builds a relationship with Iran to protect itself, why can’t we build a relationship with Israel against Iran to protect ourselves?