Establishing Relations With Israel: Who's Next?

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune condemned on Sunday the formally signed deal between Israel, Bahrain, and the UAE that was signed on September 15th.

Algeria will not normalise ties with Israel nor bless any of the Arab countries that have made “a kind of rush towards normalisation”.

The President clearly stated Algeria’s position that establishing a Palestinian state with 1967 borders and Jerusalem as its capital was only way Algeria would normalize relations with Israel. The current deal was also criticized heavily by Morocco and Qatar.

Despite comments from major news outlets that Morocco will be among the first of the arab nations to establish peace with Israel, people on the inside with King Mohammed VI are not likely to agree. While the King has supported warm and full relations with the Israeli state, he has also made it very clear his unwavering support for the Palestinian cause.

Kuwait also maintains a hardline approach against normalization with Israel according to this article in a Kuwaiti newspaper. Kuwait has never flinched in its criticism of Israel.

While President Trump said that five countries are very far down the road to normalize relations with Israel, he refused to identify them but hinted that Saudi Arabia may be one of them.

However Saudi Arabia will not follow the UAE’s lead unless there is an internationally recognized peace accord signed with the Palestinians.

Because of the recent coup in Mali, it is not likely that any previous plans on restoring relations with Israel will be carried out soon. For the time being, it is preoccupied with the recent coup.

However, Palestinian Authority Social Affairs Minister Ahmed Majdalani revealed that five countries: Oman, Sudan, Comoros, Djibouti and Mauritania are in discussions with Israel on normalizing relations.

Update (Post Sudan Normalization)


“Israeli officials believe that Oman will soon sign a normalization deal with Israel under US sponsorship, Israeli Channel 12 reported….The channel, however, said that the normalization of the Israeli-Omani relations would likely take place after the US election.” Oman has declined comment about this so far.

Trump has listed that several other arab countries will also join the normalization bandwagon after Sudan agreed to normalize relations with Israel: While he has not specifically mentioned who they are: There are several aside from Oman which give tantalizing clues

Somaliland which welcomed the agreement between Israel and the UAE and has been highly appreciative of Israeli aid.

Mauritania (which established diplomatic relations in 1999 then severed relations in wake of the 2008 – 2009 Gaza war) supports the UAE – Israel normalization agreement.

Saudi Arabia: It’s not a matter of if they will establish relations but when they will establish relations with Israel. However, it looks like they will proceed with improving relations with Israel under the radar quietly.

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