Tag Archive for Arabs – Israel

WSJ: Various Arab Gulf states are prepared to improve ties with Israel


The Wall Street Journal reports that should Israel freeze settlement construction and relax trade restrictions with Gaza, steps toward normalizing ties would be made by a number of Sunni Gulf States.



Various Arab Gulf nations are reportedly prepared to improve ties with Israel if Jerusalem takes what they deem as significant efforts to relaunch the stagnate peace process with the Palestinians, The Wall Street Journal on Monday cited sources close to the matter as saying.

As part of the normalization process, the Gulf states would reportedly be willing to set up telecommunication lines between the countries, allow for Israeli businesses to trade with their Arab counterparts and allow for Israeli planes to fly over their airspace. Continue Reading »

Following Hezbollah’s lead, Hamas accuse Saudis of ‘undermining Palestinians’


In response to the delegation of Saudi businessmen & academics visiting Israel, Hamas calls on Kingdom to end ‘normalizing visits’ to Jewish State since it ‘undermines rights of Palestinians.’

By i24news


Hamas on Sunday called on the Saudi government to prevent “normalization” visits to Israel after a visit to the Jewish state by former Saudi General Anwar Eshki and a delegation of Saudi businessmen and academics earlier this month.

In a statement posted to its website, Hamas requested that Saudi Arabia “take measures to prevent these normalizing visits that [Israel] uses to undermine the rights of Palestinians and penetrate into the [Muslim] nation in thought and culture,” the Times of Israel reported.
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Saudi delegation member in Israel: Israelis “wants coexistence & wants peace”


Abd al-Mujid al-Hakim tells BBC Arabic, “In Arab societies, the picture of Israeli society is that it embraces a culture of death, wants to spill blood & does not believe in peace… The Israeli society that I encountered embraces a culture of peace… wants coexistence & wants peace.”



Abd al-Mujid al-Hakim, a member of the Saudi Arabian delegation that recently visited Israel and the Palestinian territories, told BBC Arabic on Friday that he believes Israeli society wants peace.

Former Saudi general Dr. Anwar Eshki and a group of Saudi businessmen and academics in Jerusalem, July 22, 2016.

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Saudi Delegation Visit Jerusalem to Meet IDF, Foreign Ministry Officials


Retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki visits Israel with businessmen & academics to promote the 2002 ‘Arab Peace Initiative’, including a meeting with the IDF’s head of the unit that coordinates Israeli activities in the West Bank & Gaza.



The head of a rare Saudi delegation to Israel and the West Bank met a senior Israeli government official during his trip, the Foreign Ministry told AFP on Sunday.

Gold in a previous meeting with Eshki

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the meeting between retired Saudi general Anwar Eshki and ministry Director General Dore Gold took place at the prestigious King David hotel in west Jerusalem but did not give further details. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu: Many Arab countries now regard Israel as an ally, not the enemy

Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu says rise of radical Islam has brought Israel closer to important Arab states in the region; “Advancement of relations with the Arab world could help to promote a sober & stable peace between us and the Palestinians.”

By Lilach Shoval & Israel Hayom Staff


Countries in the region understand that due to the rise of radical Islam, whether it be the Shiite Islamic extremism of Iran or the Sunni Islamic extremism of the Islamic State group, Israel is not an enemy, but rather an ally … against this common threat that endangers us all,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday at a National Security College graduation ceremony in Glilot, just north of Tel Aviv. Continue Reading »

Iran-U.S. nuclear deal should herald improved covert Israel-Arab cooperation

Former Arab affairs adviser to Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office: When it comes to the Arab world and the Jewish State, there is “no love, only interests.”


If a nuclear deal is reached between world powers and Shi’ite Iran, it could stimulate covert cooperation between Israel and Sunni Arab states.

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