by: Kate Norman
Thursday, 24 September 2020 | Another Arab state will soon join the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in normalizing ties with Israel, according to US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft.
“Our plan is to bring more countries, which we will have more being announced very soon,” Craft told Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news channel. “One in the next day or two.”
The historic Abraham Accords were signed in Washington on September 15, making the UAE and Bahrain the third and fourth countries to sign peace agreements with Israel, following Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.
Media speculation has narrowed the potential countries down to Oman, Morocco and Sudan. Saudi Arabia—though it has strong ties to Washington, who brokered the Abraham Accords—has applauded the newfound peace but distanced itself as a potential new partner in keeping with the traditional Arab policy of holding off normalization with the Jewish state until the Palestinians have their own state.
The recent developments and shifting dynamics in the Middle East prove that more and more moderate Arab states are willing to overlook the Palestinian issue to join hands with Jerusalem in standing against increasingly aggressive Iran.
“Obviously, we would welcome Saudi Arabia to be next,” Craft told Al Arabiya. “But what’s important is that we focus on the agreement and we do not allow the [Iranian] regime to exploit the goodwill of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates or Israel.”
“We want to bring everyone on board in hopes that this will allow the Iranian citizens to see that people really want peace in the Middle East, and they are part of this peace,” the American ambassador continued.
While Saudi Arabia will most likely not bring its Israeli ties to light anytime soon, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz had harsh words about the Islamic regime in his speech before the UN General Assembly on Wednesday. The king criticized Tehran for using the 2015 nuclear deal to “intensify its expansionist activities, create its terrorist networks and use terrorism [to produce] nothing but chaos, extremism and sectarianism.”
“Our experience with the Iranian regime has taught us that partial solutions or appeasement will not stop its threats to international peace and security,” King Salman continued. “A comprehensive solution and a firm international position are required to ensure fundamental solutions to the Iranian regime’s attempt to obtain weapons of mass destruction and its ballistic missile program.”
The Arabian kingdom might not be ready yet to officially join hands with the Jewish state, but they certainly hold the same anti-Iranian stance. So which Arab state will be next?
Posted on September 24, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 24, 2020)
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