Arabic Daily: Saudis & Egypt push Arab countries to engage Israel

Al Araby Al Jadeed rReport says Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman discussed how to encourage Arab countries to develop trade relations with Israel as part of President Trump’s regional peace plan.

By Tal Polon


The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt are working together to convince other Arab countries to take steps toward developing economic relations with Israel and making progress in political relations, in accordance with Israel’s demand as part of the US peace plan, according to a report this morning in the UK-based Arabic newspaper Al Araby Al Jadeed.

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman – Wikimedia

According to the report, extensive meetings held between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman during the latter’s visit to Cairo this week dealt largely with the US “Deal of the Century” peace plan. The two reportedly discussed how to bring an end to the Palestinian issue in a way that would lead to as many Arab countries as possible making a fresh start in relations with Israel.

Some Arab Quartet states stopped their donations in mid-2016 in order to pressure PA President Mahmoud Abbas to initiate political reforms that will lead to peace with Israel. – IsraelandStuff/PP

Among possibilities the two discussed was the Egyptian proposal to hold a summit including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority.

Sources cited in the report said that while PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has voiced opposition in the past to such a proposal out of fear that el-Sisi would force him to make concessions in a future peace agreement, the Saudi Crown Prince is likely to express enthusiasm for such a summit, which would strengthen his status amid the reports of his involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to the report, Jordan also supports holding such a summit, and the United Arab Emirates would be interested to join it as well, so as to appear a significant player in the Palestinian issue.


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