Do people believe in promises of economic prosperity in return for normalization with Israel?
Egyptian Oil Minister Tariq Al Mulla said the discovered natural gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean could help make peace in the Middle East by creating more opportunities for employment and business.
In mid-January, energy ministers from seven countries – Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Italy and Palestine – launched a forum called the “East Mediterranean Gas Forum” for mutual benefit.
In an interview with CNBC last week, Mullah said the economic benefits of huge reserves would extend to the region and cover the welfare of all countries. Gas revenues would generate thousands of jobs and would bless all the people in the Middle East. These steps, and then this will be a real catalyst for peace in the region.
He added that the Egyptian officials were proud to host Cairo for the East Mediterranean Gas Forum, which brought together officials from Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Jordan, Italy and Palestine, noting that the meeting of Palestinians and Israelis together in one room and a round table with neighboring countries was a wonderful step.
Normalization is increasing
The Egyptian minister’s remarks coincided with the accelerated pace of public normalization between some Arab countries and Israel, especially the Gulf states, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced more than once that a great normalization process is taking place with the Arab countries.
According to Western press reports, political and security cooperation between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and coordination on hot issues in the region, such as relations with Hamas or the deal of the century or the Iranian threat, are at their highest levels.
During the inauguration ceremony of the new IDF Chief of Staff, Aviv Kokhavi, Netanyahu revealed that several meetings were held between former Israeli Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot and Arab army chiefs of staff, adding that thanks to the intelligence, technological and field capabilities of Tel Aviv, relations with the Arab and Muslim world ; Because these countries know that Israel is not an enemy, but a support, according to him.
On Tuesday, Israel reopened the account of “Israel in the Gulf” on Twitter, which was established in 2013 and closed 2014, and says it is “the official account of the virtual embassy of Israel in the Gulf States” and is dedicated to enhancing cooperation and dialogue with the peoples of the Gulf countries, What it sees as a great convergence has begun to grow recently with those Arab countries.
In October, Netanyahu visited the Sultanate of Oman in his first public visit to the Gulf state. In the same month, the UAE received Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev with an Israeli sports delegation. Israeli Minister of Communications Ayoub Qara participated in an international conference Telecom in Dubai.
Israeli Minister of Communications and Intelligence Yisrael Katz participated in an international conference in the Omani capital of Muscat in November.
My people refused
On the other hand, a group of activists on social networking sites launched a campaign called “Ambassadors Against Normalization” in support of the Palestinian cause and denouncing the normalization with the Israeli occupation state, which met with Egyptian and Arab activists who expressed their rejection of all forms of normalization with Israel.
This was confirmed by Benjamin Netanyahu earlier, that the popular position that rejects normalization remains the main and most important obstacle to the normalization train with some Arab regimes.
Rights researcher Ahmad Al-Imam said that the Arab peoples are still rejecting such a trade-off and refuse to waste their historical rights for any price.
He added to the “Arab 21” that the Arab peoples do not believe that the Arab regimes looking for the well-being of their citizens, and know well that these systems are looking only for their personal interests only.
For his part, said economic expert Abdul Rahim Ansari, the promises of economic prosperity and improving the living conditions of the peoples is a disk rotated, used by many Arab regimes over the past decades; to try to pass normalization with the Israeli occupation.
Ansari told “Arab21” that the late President Anwar Sadat was the first to launch these false promises with the signing of the Camp David treaty in 1979, in an attempt to counter the overwhelming popular rejection of this agreement, echoed by former President Hosni Mubarak, but did not overlook the people The Egyptian who has refused to normalize relations with the Israelis to this day.
He pointed out that the increasing wave of official normalization in recent weeks between some Arab regimes and the state of occupation is caused by the attempt of the heads of these regimes to secure their thrones by buying American and Israeli satisfaction to protect them from any popular threats. This was announced last year by President Donald Trump, The Arab regimes will collapse in a few days if Washington raises its hands on it!
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Former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Dori Gold said that “Israel’s relations with moderate Arab countries, preferably to preserve them in some cases, should remain silent and quiet away from the news that is in the lead.”
“The Gulf states have a real belief that there is a partnership with Israel, especially in light of the common threat coming from the east, I mean Iran, along with mutual interests, regional and international,” Gold said in an interview with the Jerusalem Institute for Public Affairs and State Administration.
Gold has close ties with some of these Gulf states because of his involvement in Israeli diplomatic missions, perhaps the first Israeli person to hold a public meeting with a Saudi official in Washington, DC, years ago.
“The West seems to be interested in creating an atmosphere of optimism and positive in the region by talking more about the Israeli-Gulf relations, but in Israel we have to maintain calm in such matters, and it can be kept away from the public, “He said.
“Iran and Saudi Arabia see themselves as bitter enemies, and Israel finds itself amidst this sharp regional polarization. Part of the Saudi population is Shiite, especially in the east, and there are activities and activities carried out by the Lebanese Hezbollah in the east of the kingdom and they are trying to fight it.”
“If the United States carries out its intentions to withdraw from the region in the coming days, it will be a positive message to Iran and will have serious and serious consequences, which will fundamentally establish Israel’s own relations with Saudi Arabia,” he said.
On the possibility of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visiting Israel, Gold said: “When Israelis sit down to think about their relations with the Arab world, they sometimes exaggerate Israel’s importance to this world.
The issue is linked, in some respects, to the level of trust between Israel and the United States. But those who know Saudi Arabia well and their way of dealing with political issues are convinced that Tel Aviv is not in its political priorities. “
“I may not see Ibn Salman coming to Jerusalem to pray soon, knowing that Saudi Arabia has a great interest in resuming the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis, and is interested in looking for a role if the United States actually decides to leave the region.”