The Prime Minister, just ahead of Israel’s fourth round of elections next week, announced on Tuesday that four more ‘peace agreements’ are on the way between Israel and other countries in the region; This follows on the heels of four others that normalized their ties with the Jewish State in recent months.
In the aftermath of the unveiling of the Abraham Accords in 2020, four countries throughout the Middle East opted to normalize their diplomatic ties with the nation of Israel, beginning with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The three others that joined them in the coming weeks and months were Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.
Ahead of Israel’s upcoming fourth election cycle, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday, “There are four more peace agreements on the way. And the people come to us because they know that this is the real thing.” The statement was made during an interview with Ynet News. However, while there is speculation regarding which countries the PM was referring to, he did not mention any by name.
Before the Trump administration left office at the beginning of the year, Netanyahu made a discrete trip to Neom, Saudi Arabia, to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also present.
The sudden shift between Israel and countries from the Arab world followed the rejection of the Trump “Deal of the Century” by the Palestinians, Iran, and Turkey. The deal, which offered the Palestinians their own state and a new start, was accepted by many nations in the region, including some of those mentioned above. The rejection of the deal exposed the underlying hypocrisy that led nations like the UAE to reconsider their commitment to the Arab world and their relationship(s) with Israel.
Furthermore, the Trump administration’s Middle East envoy, largely headed by former Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, pursued agreements with individual countries after the Deal was rejected.