Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Fertile Common Ground

07.19.15
U.S. Dept of State
World News /19 Jul 2015
07.19.15

Saudi Arabia and Israel’s Fertile Common Ground

The Arab Peace Initiative, presented in 2002 by then-Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, promised Arab recognition of and normalization of relations with Israel once the Jewish state accepted a just and comprehensive solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including recognition of the 1967 borders for an independent and sovereign Palestinian state.

With prospects for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the traditional way (i.e., direct talks between the two sides) currently negligible, a new approach toward fulfilling King Abdullah’s ambitious initiative is necessary. The Arab states, most especially Saudi Arabia, can jump start the normalization process by taking one enormously significant step – security cooperation with Israel. Such cooperation would not only address the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Israel’s shared security concerns in the increasingly unstable Middle East, but also begin creating a climate of mutual trust necessary for an eventual resolution of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Read it at Gulf State Analytics

  • The Trump Administration’s Waivers to Eight Jurisdictions

  • Concepts of Nonsense: Australian Soft Power

  • Unwrapping Armageddon: The Erosion of Nuclear Arms Control

  • Disrupt ISIS Financial Capabilities

  • Newly-Elected Women Should Challenge U.S. Nuclear Posture

  • Time for the Democrats to Roll Up Their Sleeves

  • Masquerading Reforms: The Tricks of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • Why Afghanistan Should Negotiate with Terrorists and Why We Should Let Them?

  • The World Must Unite Against Big Tobacco to Stamp out Dodgy Smokes

  • The Bloody Truth Khashoggi’s Murder Reveals about Middle Eastern Journalism

  • The Price of Democracy in Brazil

  • Afghanistan: Peace at Hand?