Netanyahu sees ‘path to peace’ through normalized ties with Arab states

by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2018

Iran’s “aggression” in the Middle East could lead wary Arab nations to normalize ties with Israel and ultimately result in peace between the Jewish state and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. / AP

“Many Arab countries now see Israel not as their enemy but as their indispensable ally in pushing back Iranian aggression,” Netanyahu said in an interview with Lithuania’s LRT public broadcaster which aired on Aug. 27.

“This has created normalization which can lead to peace. I believe that if we have peace with the broader Arab world, it will help us get to peace with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu said.

Israel currently has peace treaties with just two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan, but recent reports in have indicated that Saudi Arabia has improved relations with Israel.

The Saudi government is said to be “weighing the possible normalization of relations with Israel ahead of a planned Middle East peace program by the Trump administration which aims to not only secure a final status agreement between Israel and the PA, but lead to recognition of the Jewish state by the larger Arab world,” Israel’s Arutz Sheva reported.

Saudi officials have repeatedly denied any ties with Israel, and Saudi King Salman recently reaffirmed “steadfast” support for the Palestinian Arab cause.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an April magazine interview that Israelis, as well as Palestinian Arabs, “have the right to have their own land.”

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