Israel-Gulf states relations seem to warm up after historic visit to Oman But analysts say that time must pass until the private support turns to public

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The few couple of years to say the least Israel is trying to get in the good side of the Gulf States like Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, UAE and the rest of the countries in the Middle East.

This has been evident with the support of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman when he acknowledged in a public interview that Israelis and Palestinians have rights to their own land but continued that a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians must come to a realization.

This statement came as a shock since Saudi Arabia is the birthplace of Islam and has not formally recognized Israel as a state. Later Saudi Arabia would allow for the first time a commercial flight from Israel to fly through its airspace. And even thought they condemned the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, the Saudis appear to be on board with the general US plan of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Now the sultan of Oman Qaboos bin Said, who has played before the role of intermediary and has kept a neutral stance, invited the Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu and his wife to Muscat for talks. The trip was unannounced and came as a historical surprise since, it has been two decades since a Prime Minister of Israel visited the country of Oman.

The two leaders had an eight hour meeting and it is been hailed as the beginning of warmer ties with the Arab states.

At the same time in Abu Dhabi for the first time the Israeli flag and anthem played as the judoka Sagi Muki took first place in the under-81 kilogram category at the Abu Dhabi gran slam. The event was watched by the Culture and Sports Minister of Israel Miri Regev, the year before the flag and the anthem were not allowed to appear and play during the medal ceremony. They had been replaced by the International Judo Federation’s anthem and flag.

The minister Regev was also accompanied by Emirati officials to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque which is the third largest Muslim house of worship in the world. Something that has also never happened before.

The trips of Israeli ministers into the country will continue, as a sign of warming ties and acceptance that Israel is here to stay.

All of these moves do not come by chance. The Gulf states are starting to feel the presence of a common enemy, Iran. Israel believes that by using the threat of Iran it would be able to unite the Gulf states under its banner, like it has done with the rest of the world that is being led by the United States.

PM Netanyahu has also asked the US to continue its support on crown prince Mohammed bin Salman after the apparent murder of Saudi journalist and US citizen inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey Jamal Khashoggi.

This problem was created by the Zionist vision of the promised land. Upon this vision too many lives have been lost on both sides. Time cannot be rewinded thus for the region to truly flourish there must come a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian ties. Jerusalem who as the Israelis say is their eternal capital, is a multi cultural city. Unless they plan a genocide the people in power must realize that co-existence is the only way going forward. Unfortunately when you enter inside the cycle of blood it is difficult to leave. We will see if the impeding peace plans come to fruition and if US President Trump will be the one to end this cycle.

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