The American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, confirmed that Saudi Arabia had helped normalize Israel on the one hand and the UAE and Bahrain on the other hand, considering that the Kingdom might join this list.
Friedman said, in an interview with “Israel Hayom” newspaper, today, Wednesday: “I do not want to speak on behalf of Saudi Arabia, but I can confirm that its assistance was great in this process, and this is quite clear.”
Friedman referred to Saudi Arabia’s approval of Israeli flights to cross through its airspace, saying: “Today the flight from Ben Gurion Airport to Bahrain will pass 3 hours, but without Saudi Arabia’s approval for flights to pass through its airspace, such a flight will last for 7 hours.
The US ambassador considered that the importance of this position should not be underestimated, describing it as a “very important indicator.”
Friedman added, commenting on the issue of Saudi Arabia joining the list of countries that have formally agreed to normalize relations with Israel: “I believe that the will of the Saudi government must be respected and allowed to move at its own pace, and deal with the situation as it deems appropriate.”
The US ambassador added, “But we are all very satisfied with Saudi Arabia’s assistance, and I hope that it will be expanded from this moment.”
Friedman said that he is convinced that there will be other countries in the Arab League will conclude peace agreements with Israel, indicating: “I have no doubt that this will happen.”
He continued, “I also believe that even the fiercest enemies of Israel will notice these trends and understand where the wind is blowing. They will face a very difficult choice, do they want to be on the wrong side of history or join the circle of peace. This may take some time, because these countries are. More complicated, but I am sure this will be the direction in the future. ”
On September 15, the UAE and Bahrain signed a historic peace agreement with Israel, providing for the establishment of formal diplomatic relations with it, in a move that aroused strong condemnation by the Palestinian side.
The list of Arab countries that have formally normalized relations with Israel includes Egypt (in 1979), Jordan (in 1994), the UAE and Bahrain (in 2020).
Source: “Israel Hayom” + agencies
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