Speaking at a memorial ceremony for former Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol, Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Tel Aviv has developed ties with 6 states in the region despite their animosity towards Israel over the past decades, ONA reports citing Sputnik.
"We are doing this with large parts of the Arab and Muslim world through an accelerated process of normalisation […] These days Israel is making contact with half a dozen important Arab and Muslim nations, which were, until recently, hostile to Israel", he said.
The Israeli prime minister further stated that neighbouring states will only achieve peace with Israel after it convinces them "that our power and presence here are certain facts". However, he admitted that not all countries will go along with this.
"We are advancing that process of recognition and agreement with the rest of our neighbours, not all of them, but with most of them", Netanyahu said.
Apart from Egypt and Jordan, most Arab and Muslim states in the region do not recognise Israel and deny it the right to exist. However, various media reports suggest Tel Aviv is holding non-official talks with many of these states. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also previously revealed that Israel had had "contacts" with Saudi Arabia, which he said "have been kept in general secret".
Israel's strained ties with neighbours in the region are tightly connected with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which until the present lacks resolution. However, this fact didn't stop some of the states from signing peace treaties with Tel Aviv and opening mutual diplomatic missions.