Israel says normalization deals need U.S. president tough on Iran

Israel says normalization deals need U.S. president tough on Iran
Israel's Economy Minister Eli Cohen works at his office in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in ...

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are expected to develop ties with Israel within the scope of a regional reconciliation initiated by the U.S. President Donald Trump, the Israeli official confirmed Monday.

Eli Cohen, intelligence minister, said the execution of more normalization agreements could rely on the next President demonstrating continued “resolve” against Iran. He mentioned this while straying from Israel’s wariness about the U.S. election on Tuesday.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden seeks to rejoin the 2015 Iranian nuclear pact. An agreement the Republican incumbent revoked, to the delight of Israel and certain Gulf Arabs.

Trump answered questions last week about which countries will join in normalizing relations with Israel. “We’ve got five,” he replied. Besides, Trump handled his Middle East diplomacy while campaigning for re-election. 

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Cohen said that Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Morocco, and Niger were “on the agenda.”

“These are the five nations,” he said to Ynet TV. “And we would be willing to enter additional deals if the Trump strategy persists.”

Moreover, Cohen claimed that Trump’s approach encouraged Arab and Muslim countries to pursue an agreement with Israel. He said this while not directly endorsing any U.S. Presidential nominee.

Israel talks about the next President stance on Iran

If the next president “does not express resolve vis-à-vis Iran, so what’s going to happen is that they’re taking their time. They will neither hurry nor take any side, Cohen said. A concessionary approach is going to stall the peace deal.

Furthermore, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Superpower, and the cradle of Islam, silently acquiesced to the UAE and Bahrain agreements with Israel, concluded on September 15. Yet Riyadh fell shy of endorsing them and indicated an unwillingness to follow suit.

The Saudis were the pioneers of an Israeli-Arab peace plan in 2002 asking for the evacuation of Israel from occupied land to make room for a Palestinian state.

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