Israel hopes to establish ties with wider Muslim world

By Monitoring Desk
Tuesday – October 13, 2020
JERUSALEM (Israel): The Israeli cabinet unanimously approved, on Monday, Israeli prime minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to submit United Arab Emirates (UAE) peace agreement for Knesset (the Israeli parliament’s) approval.

According to a press release, Israeli PM Netanyahu held, “This agreement is based on peace from strength, not peace from concessions that will weaken Israel and endanger it.”

The Israeli cabinet agreed on Israeli PM Netanyahu’s proposal to submit the “Abraham Accords Peace Agreement: Treaty of Peace, Diplomatic Relations and Full Normalisation between the UAE and Israel” to Knesset approval prior to its submission to the cabinet for ratification.

Israeli PM Netanyahu said, “Today, I am submitting the historic peace agreement with the UAE to the cabinet. This is the first peace agreement that Israel has signed in over 25 years. We are also completing the agreements with Bahrain, meaning that we will be making peace with two Arab states at the same time.”  

He continued, “This agreement is different from its predecessors in that Israel is not conceding any territory whatsoever. Second, the economic component in it is very dominant, and the economic aspects will be very good for all citizens of Israel.”

Israeli PM Netanyahu added, “Third, this agreement is accompanied by the opening of the skies, the opening of Saudi Arabian skies to Israeli planes. This means that Israel is no longer a cul-de-sac but is becoming a main hub. It is also important to say that this is changing not only in geographic terms but in geopolitical and economic terms as well.”

He mentioned, “I have no doubt that one of the by-products of this historic move is an additional historic change: Chevron, one of the largest energy companies in the world, has decided to enter Israel and invest in extracting gas from the sea which will also add billions to state coffers, and they have always been sensitive to what is happening vis-a-vis the Gulf states’ relations with Israel.”

Israeli PM Netanyahu said, “Over the weekend, I spoke with my friend, UAE crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. I invited him to visit Israel. He invited me to visit Abu Dhabi.”

  He informed, “We discussed the cooperation that we are advancing in investments, tourism, energy, technology and in other areas. We will also cooperate, and we are already cooperating, in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19). This is already happening. It will happen to a much greater degree. This will greatly assist us in defeating the pandemic.”  

Israeli PM Netanyahu continued, “I told UAE crown prince bin Zayed that this week we will approve the historic peace agreement, in the cabinet and afterward in the Knesset. These agreements express the dramatic change that we have made in Israel’s status in the region.”

He held, “The Arab states want to make peace with us because they see how we have turned Israel into a major power. They also see how we are standing against Iran, sometimes alone, against the entire world. They understand that we can assist them in many areas. They see that Israel is neither a burden nor an enemy — but a vital ally all the time, especially now.”  

Israeli PM Netanyahu concluded, “I have no doubt that we will soon see agreements with additional Arab and Muslim countries.”