Israel: Other Gulf States, Sudan, Could Follow UAE

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the support of the Egyptian president and the governments of Bahrain and Oman.
  • Some countries in the region, such as Turkey and Iran, condemned Israel's peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates.
  • Kuwait's position on Israel has not changed. 

Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said in an interview with Israeli army radio on Sunday that agreements with Bahrain, Oman, and Sudan could soon follow the recent UAE-Israel diplomatic agreement. Bahrain and Oman welcomed the UAE-Israel diplomatic agreement but did not comment on their relationship with Israel.

The Israel–United Arab Emirates peace agreement, or the Abraham Accord, was agreed to by Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 13, 2020. If an agreement is signed, the UAE will be the third Arab country, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, to formally normalize its relationship with Israel, as well as the first Persian Gulf country to do so.

“In the wake of this agreement will come additional agreements, both with more Gulf countries and with Muslim countries in Africa,” Cohen said of the Israel-UAE agreement, according to Reuters.

“I think that Bahrain and Oman are definitely on the agenda. In addition, in my assessment, there is a chance that already in the coming year there will be a peace deal with additional countries in Africa, chief among them, Sudan,” he reportedly added.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised the support of the Egyptian president and the governments of Bahrain and Oman after his country reached an agreement with the United Arab Emirates, but the two Gulf Arab states have not yet spoken about establishing diplomatic relations with Israel. The Israeli Prime Minister has met with the leaders of Oman and Sudan over the past two years.

The Israeli intelligence minister has said that Bahrain and Oman have put relations with Israel on their agenda and that next year, Muslim African countries, including Sudan, will reach an agreement with Israel. The rapprochement between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi is apparently part of the Trump administration’s “Deal of the Century” plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, colloquially known by his initials as MBZ, is the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. Like his Saudi counterpart, Mohammad bin Salman, MBZ is seen as the de facto ruler of the UAE.

The news of the UAE’s agreement with Israel was announced on Thursday after a telephone conversation between Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed of Abu Dhabi. Subsequently, some countries in the region, such as Turkey and Iran, condemned Israel’s peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates, but others in the region praised it.

A senior US official at the White House said a day after the UAE agreement with Israel that he had been in contact with many Muslim and Arab countries in the Middle East and Africa to reach further agreements, Reuters reported. The senior White House official did not comment on the names of the countries, nor did they agree or disagree with the US request.

“This deal is a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East,” President Trump told reporters during a press conference last Thursday. “Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead.”

In another report, quoting the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas, Reuters reported that Kuwait’s position on Israel has not changed. Al-Qabas quoted the Kuwaiti official as saying that the country will continue its policy of supporting Palestine, and that this is a priority for the Arabs. Kuwait will accept the solution that the Palestinians have accepted, the report said.

The Palestinians, however, condemned the Israeli-UAE agreement, Reuters reported. The report also noted that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have remained silent on the UAE agreement with Israel.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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