Published On: Sun, Nov 26th, 2017

Article: Are Israel, Saudi Arabia about to upgrade relations? (Ben Caspit – Al Monitor)




Are Israel, Saudi Arabia about to upgrade relations?

Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are developing their relations with Israel… An interesting article about developing Saudi Arabia-Israel relations …

Are Israel, Saudi Arabia about to upgrade relations? (Ben Caspit – Al Monitor)

The surprising interview that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot gave to the Saudi news site Elaph was published on Nov. 16, just a few days before the 40th anniversary of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s historic visit to Jerusalem. While it is hard to compare these two events, some people in Israel see a kind of connection between them.



Sadat shocked the Middle East and the entire world when he announced in 1977, without any prior warning, that he was prepared to board a plane to Jerusalem and address the Knesset, if that would lead to a historic peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. The current interview, which was the first of its kind between an Israeli chief of staff and a Saudi news site, might indicate that the romance between Israel and Saudi Arabia may finally go public, after taking place behind the scenes for a long time. There will be no historic peace agreement here (for the moment), but there may be a kind of normalization on a low burner. Maybe.

What happened with Sadat was much more dramatic. After declaring that he received an official invitation to visit the Israeli capital, the Egyptian president got on a plane and was received by an honor guard at Ben Gurion Airport. He addressed the Knesset the very next day, and two years later, signed a historic peace treaty with the leader of the Israeli right, Prime Minister Menachem Begin…

Read more: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/11/israel-saudi-arabia-egypt-anwar-sadat-mohammed-bin-salman.html?utm_campaign=20171121&utm_source=sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily%20Newsletter

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