Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East
Ahead of Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East. The United States has dropped hints that additional Arab governments could take steps to repair their relations with Israel.
All eyes are on Saudi Arabia as Vice President Joe Biden prepares to travel there in the middle of July, despite the fact that he previously pledged to treat the country as a “pariah” state in response to the killing and mutilation of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Read More
United States and Saudi Arabia
However, despite recent signals of a thaw between the United States and Saudi Arabia, observers think it is unlikely that Riyadh will agree to diplomatic connections with Israel — not during Biden’s visit and not as long as King Salman, who is 86 years old, is still in power.
No peace with Israel
There should be no peace with Israel until such time as it withdraws from occupied lands and recognises the legitimacy of a Palestinian state, according to the official position of the king. Learn More
Goal of Vice President Biden’s visit
The goal of Vice President Biden’s visit will most likely be to encourage the largest crude exporter in the world to increase its oil production.
The following is a list of frequently asked questions and answers pertaining to the prospect of a normalization agreement being reached between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
What indications are there?
State media in Saudi Arabia reported in March that Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had said that Israel was a “potential ally, with many interests that we can pursue together.” The statement attributes to an interview that Prince Mohammed bin Salman had given with The Atlantic.
In addition, the monarchy never expressed any resistance when its regional ally. The United Arab Emirates, established diplomatic connections with Israel in the year 2020, followed by Bahrain and Morocco under the Abraham Accords, which were negotiated by the United States.
Transitional administration of Sudan
The transitional administration of Sudan likewise reached an agreement to do so in January 2021; but, the northeast African nation has not yet finalized the accord.
In addition, during this time period, Saudi Arabia permitted direct flights from the Emirates to Israel to travel via its airspace. This was yet another implicit sign of acceptance from the Saudi government.
Vice President Biden
Vice President will also travel to Israel, would fly directly from the Jewish state to Saudi Arabia. And making him the first US President to fly from there to an Arab nation that does not recognize Israel.
In 2017, his predecessor, Donald Trump, drove across the country going the opposite direction.
In recent months, Saudi citizens have taken to social media. Which is tightly controlled in the kingdom — to express their support for normalization. This would be a shift from the kingdom’s long-standing pan-Arab policy, which has been to isolate Israel until the conflict with the Palestinians is resolved.
Esawi Frej, Israel’s Minister of Regional Cooperation
Earlier in the month of June, Esawi Frej, Israel’s Minister of Regional Cooperation. Stated that Riyadh will be “essential” to any solution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Frej made this statement to the Saudi publication Arab News.
Also in this month, the news website Axios reported that. The United States was working on a “road map” for normalization between Israel and Saudi Arabia. While The Wall Street Journal reported that the region’s two most influential nations were engaging in secret economic and security talks.
In the best interests of both countries?
A connection with Israel, according to Yasmine Farouk of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will help to a broader acceptance of Saudi Arabia.
“It will open doors for the crown prince. With Western people and parliaments accepting the kingdom and allowing Saudi Arabia a stronger role,” she added. “It will also grant Saudi Arabia the ability to play a greater role.”
Image of Saudi Arabia
“It will make a change, whether only in respect to the image of Saudi Arabia. Especially since (Prince Mohammed) sees it as a worldwide force, not simply an Arab and Islamic one,” said the author. “It will make a change, whether just in regards to the image of Saudi Arabia.”