Israel is getting closer than ever to many Arab nations – but Trump has made sure it is nothing but an illusion

Benjamin Netanyahu will find cooperation harder than he thinks, thanks to the actions of the US president

Ahmed Aboudouh
@AAboudouh

12th February 2020

independent.co.uk

When the speaker of the Kuwaiti parliament, Marzouq al-Ghanim threw a copy of Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” in the dustbin in front of hundreds of Arab parliamentarians on Saturday, it was quite the moment.

Less because of the performative nature of the move and more because it goes against a trend of increasing relations with Israel , that is every day picking an Arab state after another.

During a recent visit to Uganda, Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s sovereign council. Shortly after news about the meeting surfaced, Israeli TV said Netanyahu proposed arrangement to the Moroccan government that would see the US recognise Moroccan claims in disputed Western Sahara, in exchange for Rabat improving relations with Israel. Several media outlets have quoted former officials talking about a non-aggression agreement that might be signed between Arab countries and Israel as a next step to Trump’s ”peace plan”.

When the speaker of the Kuwaiti parliament, Marzouq al-Ghanim threw a copy of Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” in the dustbin in front of hundreds of Arab parliamentarians on Saturday, it was quite the moment.
Less because of the performative nature of the move and more because it goes against a trend of increasing relations with Israel , that is every day picking an Arab state after another.

During a recent visit to Uganda, Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s sovereign council. Shortly after news about the meeting surfaced, Israeli TV said Netanyahu proposed arrangement to the Moroccan government that would see the US recognise Moroccan claims in disputed Western Sahara, in exchange for Rabat improving relations with Israel. Several media outlets have quoted former officials talking about a non-aggression agreement that might be signed between Arab countries and Israel as a next step to Trump’s ”peace plan”.

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