Foreign Minister of UAE urges Arab openness to Israel
Relations between Arab states and Israel need to shift to help progress towards peace with the Palestinians, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Thursday, APAreports citing Reuters.
The decision by many Arab countries not to talk with Israel has complicated finding a solution over the decades, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said.
“Many, many years ago, when there was an Arab decision not to have contact with Israel, that was a very, very wrong decision, looking back,” Gargash said, in unusually candid remarks.
“Because clearly, you have to really dissect and divide between having a political issue and keeping your lines of communication open.”
His comments came after the UAE and other Gulf states criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition this week of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Gargash said he expected increased contact between Arab countries and Israel through small bilateral deals and visits by politicians and athletic delegations. Israeli athletes won gold in an Abu Dhabi judo competition in October, and its national anthem was played.
“The strategic shift needs actually for us to progress on the peace front,” Gargash said.
“What we are facing, if we continue on the current trajectory, I think the conversation in 15 years’ time will really be about equal rights in one state,” he added, alluding to a possible fusion of the Israeli and Palestinian polities in place of the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
He said this conversation was currently on the margins but this would change.
“A two-state solution will no longer be feasible because a sort of reduced rump (Palestinian) state will no longer be practical,” Gargash added.
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