This fall, the US brokered normalisation-of-relations deals between israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan, offering Abu Dhabi lucrative weapons contracts, and promising Khartoum that Washington would lift sanctions and the ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ designation against the Northeast African nation.
There are still more Arab countries that the US believes are willing to normalise ties with Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.
“They’ll do it because it’s the right thing to do for their nation, because of increased prosperity and security for their country,” Pompeo added, without elaborating which countries he had in mind.
According to the secretary of state, the “common threat from Iran” has helped bring the Gulf States and israel together.
Pompeo paid a whirlwind multi-state visit to the Middle East this week, demonstratively touring a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank and stopping by in the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights, and going on to visit the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in a trip expected to wrap up on Monday.
Gulf State ‘Betrayal’
The Trump administration unveiled its ‘Peace to Prosperity’ plan for resolving the 72-year-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict in January, calling for a two-state solution, recognition of Israeli claims to settlements in the West Bank, Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley, and recognition of Jerusalem…