The North African country Morocco on Thursday established relations with Israel under the mediation of US President Donald Trump. Although US arbitration has become public, Saudi Arabia has also been implicated in the process. Israeli media reported on Channel 12 on Friday, citing sources.
Other Israeli media outlets have also reported involvement in the Riyadh deal. However, the details were not known.
According to Channel 12, Saudi Arabia itself is leaning towards establishing relations with Israel. But before that, Riyadh was pressuring other Muslim countries to establish relations. After Morocco, countries such as Indonesia and Oman can be added to the list.
Meanwhile, Riyadh has allowed commercial flights to Israel in the United Arab Emirates to use its airspace. Earlier, an Indian airline was also allowed to use Saudi airspace to fly to Israel.
Rumors have been spreading since Riyadh’s allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, have established relations with Israel; Saudi Arabia is going to follow the same pattern. Riyadh is pushing in front of allies without first appearing. Rumors have been circulating since the news of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s secret meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recently.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Israeli-Saudi relations are unlikely to be established before US President-Elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20. After Biden took power, Riyadh could try to establish good relations with the new US administration by signing an agreement with Israel.
Once in power in Middle East politics, the UAE and Bahrain entered into a formal agreement with Israel in mid-September. Since the birth of Israel, most Arab states have considered it an empowered power. As a result, they have long been boycotting Israel. However, in recent years, there has been a notable change in their policy.
In April 2016, in an interview with US-based magazine The Atlantic, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman clarified that Saudi Arabia has shared interests with Israel on many issues. At the same time, he spoke in support of the US Alliance, but said that maintaining some independence was important to Israel. Two years later, Riyadh’s two allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, established relations with Israel. Officials in the country, including US President Donald Trump, have said that Saudi Arabia will soon establish an open relationship with Israel. Source: Wall Street Journal, Purse Today