Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020

Israel Seeking a Peace Agreements with Gulf States


Source: ReutersSource: Reuters - Reported by Aljazeera, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz has said he is seeking "non-aggression" agreements with Gulf states, as relations between the two sides warm against common foe Iran.

The Israeli minister, who met Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa in July, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that the aim was to eventually forge future peace agreements with the Arabs.

All 22 Arab countries - except Egypt and Jordan - do not recognise Israel over the latter's illegal occupation of Arab lands in Palestine and Syria.

It is seen as the latest push by Israel to improve relations with Gulf states who do not formally recognise Israel and do not have formal diplomatic relations.

Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories has been a major obstacle in forging peace deals with Arab countries but common concerns over Iran have brought them closer in recent years.

Iran's support for proxies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen have been worrying many, including Israel and Saudi Arabia.

At the UN General Assembly in late September, Katz stressed that Iran was threatening stability and security in the Middle East.





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