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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Bahrain and Oman could be the next Gulf countries to follow the United Arab Emirates in formalising ties with Israel, Israel’s intelligence minister said on Sunday.


Israel and the UAE announced on Thursday that they will normalise diplomatic relations, reshaping Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran.

“In the wake of this agreement will come additional agreements, both with more Gulf countries and with Muslim countries in Africa,” Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen told Army Radio.

“I think that Bahrain and Oman are definitely on the agenda. In addition, in my assessment, there is a chance that already in the coming year there will be a peace deal with additional countries in Africa, chief among them, Sudan,” he said.


Both Bahrain and Oman praised the U.S.-sponsored accord, but neither have commented on their own prospects for normalised relations or responded to requests for comment on the subject.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met with Omani and Sudanese leaders in the past two years, including a visit to Oman in October 2018.

“I expect more countries will be joining us in the peace circle,” Netanyahu told cabinet ministers on Sunday, according to a statement from his office.

“This is a historic change which advances peace with the Arab world and will eventually advance a real, sober and secure peace with the Palestinians,” he said.

The UAE-Israel deal firms up opposition to regional power Iran. The Palestinians denounced the deal as a betrayal.

UAE and Israeli foreign ministers held their first publicly-acknowledged call on Sunday after the Gulf state opened telephone lines to Israel.

Israel signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, has had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it.

Oman maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran and has previously been a go-between for the two feuding countries.

A close ally of Saudi Arabia - which has not yet commented on the UAE-Israel accord - Bahrain hosted a senior Israeli official at a security conference in 2019 as well as a U.S-led conference on boosting the Palestinian economy as part U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace initiative.

Government sources in Kuwait said its position towards Israel is unchanged, and it will be the last country to normalise relations, local newspaper al-Qabas reported.

Reporting by Maayan Lubell in Jerusalem and Alexander Cornwell and Lisa Barrington in Dubai; Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Toby Chopra

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Good for India. For one, the relation between Israel and Arabs we don't have to balance and vote in the UN, it's awkward when Israel supplies weapons and we vote against them.
Secondly, Burnol will be in high demand in India and around the world.
 

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The entire Muslim world should recognize and make peace with State of Israel. The real problem in the Middle East is Iran and her proxies
 

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^ No sane muslim would say such a stupid thing, clearly You got too much time in Your hands silly troll. Although the latter is a problem, but recognizing the zionist state, which is hell bent on destroying Al Aqsa and bringing the Dajjal to this world... blashemy much?
 

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^ No sane muslim would say such a stupid thing, clearly You got too much time in Your hands silly troll. Although the latter is a problem, but recognizing the zionist state, which is hell bent on destroying Al Aqsa and bringing the Dajjal to this world... blashemy much?

As usual, nothing of substance, just ad hominem attacks.
The State of Israel has never expressed any intention of destroying either al-Aqsa or Qubbat as-Sakhrah. The rabbinical Jewish establishment, including the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, actually imposed a ban on Jews from ascending the Temple Mount, for fear of desecrating the site where the Temple once stood.
The Temple Institute is a Jewish movement that wants to reconstruct the Temple, but their project does not involve demolishing either Masjid al-Aqsa or Qubbat as-Sakhrah. They seek to build the Temple in the area between the two Muslim shrines.
From a purely Islamic perspective, that is their right and there is nothing wrong with it. The Ummayads placed structures on the Temple Mount without right. It was a great historical injustice. The Khulafa ar-Rashidin رضى الله عنهم never built structures on the Temple Mount. But even then, out of respect for Islamic sentiment, they have no intention of demolishing the structures, they only want to build the Temple on the place where it originally stood. What is wrong with that? Masjid al-Aqsa refers to the sacred area of the Temple Mount, the specific building with the silver plated dome was constructed by the evil Umayyad dynasty.
You need to enroll in History 101 class and get a proper education.
 

Cherub786

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no, an ex-Pakistani
I'm actually still a Pakistani citizen. I'm a dual citizen, but I managed to obtain bail in the 298-C charge against me and the Canadian High Commission arranged for my return to Canada in the midst of the Covid crisis on an emergency flight. I am very disappointed in how the nation of Pakistan treated me, they put me in Adiala Jail for five months simply because they were jealous of me and accused me of being a Qadiani and preaching Qadianism. I will never go back to Pakistan.
 

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I've got all the PDF pets, prophets and multi-ID holders on a lil ole data sheet. whenever some line seems familiar I go look at the sheet.
Nice. That’s dedication right their. :-) :pakistan:

These people have no shame — keep coming back under various disguises I guess being ruled for so long have caused them to genetically develop multiple personality disorder.
 

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hello loony, is this meant to be an insult?
Not at all my friend. I just feel like my old days in High School when I fell out with the entire student body that even the fat, ugly, freckle faced nerds who hung out all day in the library started bullying me LOL
 

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