by: Kate Norman
Wednesday, 20 October 2021 | Israel and the East African nation of Comoros are in talks to normalize ties, Hebrew media reported Monday.
Comoros is an archipelago nation off the eastern coast of Africa, between the island of Madagascar and the coastal countries of Mozambique and Tanzania. The tiny nation of Comoros has a population of just under 900,000 people and is a Muslim-majority nation.
If the agreements go through, Comoros would become the seventh Muslim-majority nation to normalize ties with the Jewish state, following Egypt in 1979, Jordan in 1994, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan in the US-brokered Abraham Accords in 2020.
The landmark Abraham Accords were established under the administrations of former US President Donald Trump and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Though both since have been replaced after recent elections in their countries, the replacement governments have voiced a shared desire to bring more nations into the fold of peace agreements with Israel.
And other potential countries to join could include Qatar, Malaysia, Oman and Tunisia, Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Issawi Frej told Emirati Erem News earlier this week.
“Every Arab country in the Middle East, even the hostile countries, we have direct and indirect relations with them,” Frej asserted. “I see on the far horizon that all the countries of the Middle East will be within a union.”
Such agreements are a break from the policy of the Arab League—of which Comoros is a member. Previous to the Abraham Accords, Arab League member states had an agreement not to normalize ties with Israel until the Israeli–Palestinian conflict is solved.
The Abraham Accords proved a significant deviation from that long-held protocol—and proved Netanyahu’s staunch belief that peace between Israel and its Muslim neighbors was possible outside of the framework of the Palestinian conflict.
Posted on October 20, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 20, 2021)
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