On March 16th, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Tel Aviv was on the way to concluding four more peace deals with countries in the region.
“I brought four peace agreements, and there are another four on the way,” he said in an interview with Ynet. “I talked about one of them yesterday.”
“One of the leaders in the region” had called him on the evening of March 15th, and they spoke for 45 minutes, he said.
He also rebuffed claims that he didn’t attend an event organized by his political party due to threat of rocket fire.
The excuse was this: he was speaking to the regional leader, and since he does not have good cellphone reception in his armored car, he would not have been able to conduct the call on the way to Ashkelon.
“I don’t want there to be [rocket] launches because of me and because of a political event, but that was not the reason,” Netanyahu said. “We were significantly late… I will visit Ashkelon, and we will take care of their security.”
In the past year, and due to extensive efforts by the Trump Administration, Israel normalized relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
There was even the titanic shift of Kosovo, a country recognized by a limited number of UN members, established an embassy in Jerusalem. This was even condemned by Jordan.
Ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel have always been somewhat close, but behind the scenes. After all, Iran, as a shared enemy is a sort of bonding agent. Also the United States is a key ally of both Riyadh and Tel Aviv.
Netanyahu met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in November, and they considered meeting in Abu Dhabi in the week ending on March 14th. However, Netanyahu’s trip to the UAE was delayed due to a reported issue between Israel and Jordan.
Other countries expected to normalize relations with Israel are Niger, Mauritania, Indonesia and some alleged others.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to visit the small settlement of Revava on March 21st, just two days prior to the March 23 election, to bolster support on the Right as Jewish West Bank housing starts hit a ten-year low.
“I will not uproot 100,000 Jews for a fictitious peace,” Netanyahu said on March 16th at a campaign stop. In the last week he has increasingly focused on his position on West Bank settlements.
Netanyahu has pledged to increase settlement development and to stand strong against US President Joe Biden who is formally opposed to Jewish building in Judea and Samaria.
His statements follow a four-year spike in the approval of plans for building projects in the settlements under the former Trump Administration.
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