A senior US official hinted Wednesday that extra Arab nations wish to make gestures to enhance relations with Israel when President Joe Biden visits the area subsequent month.
Biden will travel from July 13 to 16 to Israel, the West Bank and to a regional assembly in Saudi Arabia, which former US president Donald Trump assiduously courted in hopes the dominion home to Islam’s holiest websites would acknowledge the Jewish state.
Barbara Leaf, the highest US diplomat for the Middle East, mentioned that the Biden administration was encouraging better cooperation between Israel and the Arab nations with which it has relations.
“We are working, in the space that is not in the public domain, with a couple of other countries. And I think you’ll see some interesting things around the time of the president’s visit,” she advised a congressional subcommittee.
Asked to elaborate, Leaf mentioned, “I really wouldn’t want to step on the president’s toes.”
The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco in 2020 turned the primary Arab states in a long time to normalize relations with Israel as a part of the so-called Abraham Accords which Trump thought-about a signature international coverage achievement.
Leaf mentioned that the UAE-Israel relationship “is going like gangbusters” however that the Biden administration additionally wished to encourage broader cooperation.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined his counterparts from Israel, the UAE, Morocco, Bahrain and Egypt in a March assembly in Israel’s Negev desert.
Leaf mentioned that the United States wished the occasion to be annual and to incorporate the Palestinian Authority and Jordan — the one different Arab nation that acknowledges Israel however which has seen rising tensions over the standing of Jerusalem.
The conferences goal to deepen cooperation on areas together with water, tourism, well being and meals safety, Leaf mentioned.
Israel has additionally discovered frequent trigger with Gulf Arab states of their tense relationships with Iran’s Shiite clerical state.