Israel’s UN envoy owns up to ties with dozen Arab states
Jubeir referred to Israel as a “state” while Saudi Arabia, along with other Arab League member countries, does not formally recognize the occupying entity.
However, in an interview with the Egyptian CBC television network, the Saudi foreign minister denied that his country is getting closer to Israel, saying, “There are no relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.”
Later on November 19, Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz for the first time revealed that Tel Aviv has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia.
“We have ties that are indeed partly covert with many Muslim and Arab countries, and usually [we are] the party that is not ashamed,” Steinitz said in an interview on Army Radio.
Dia menambahkan bahwa Arab Saudi adalah pihak yang tertarik untuk menyembunyikan hubungannya dengan Israel, meskipun Tel Aviv tidak memiliki masalah dengan hal ini.
Sebuah laporan yang diterbitkan pada bulan Juni mengungkapkan bahwa Arab Saudi dan rezim Israel melakukan perundingan rahasia untuk membangun hubungan ekonomi resmi untuk pertama kalinya sejak entitas tersebut dibentuk di wilayah Palestina sekitar 69 tahun yang lalu.
The Times, citing unnamed Arab and American sources, said in the report that forming economic connections between the two, which would be gradual and step by step, could begin by allowing Israeli companies to open shops in the Arab kingdom, or granting El Al Israel Airlines Ltd. permission to fly over Saudi airspace.***
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