With Donald Trump in office for two years now, the “make America great again” spirit, proclaiming the sovereignty, security and innovation each nation brings to the table, is spreading throughout the Middle East. Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has embarked upon, and largely succeeded in, warming socio-economic ties throughout the regions of Israel – and beyond. (Articles 1-3)
And as this growing openness and acceptance of Israel on the world stage is apparent and encouraging to see, the voices of those who oppose Israeli innovation and security seem to be losing force. (Articles 4 & 5)
Today’s News Summaries:
- PM: Israel improving ties around world without having to concede settlements – TimesofIsrael.com, Michael Bachner
- Netanyahu to fly to Chad ‘soon’ to reestablish diplomatic ties – Jpost.com, Herb Keinon
- Israelis Welcome at Qatar World Cup – aawsat, Asharq Al-Awsat
- Palestinians Call Urgent Meeting Of Arab League In Protest Of Arab Rapprochement With Israel – TheMediaLine.org, Charles Bybelezer
- U.S. promises Israel it will press nuclear watchdog on Iran atomic archive – IsraelI Channel 10 news, Barak Ravid
by Michael Bachner for TimesofIsrael.com, November 27, 2018
Amid visits of friendly leaders and reports of new diplomatic channels with Arab countries, Netanyahu says country’s strength means deal with Palestinians no longer prerequisite.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said recent signs of a diplomatic flourishing for Israel were occurring without Jerusalem having to make any concessions on West Bank settlements, as he celebrated the visit of Chad’s leader after decades of ruptured ties.
Israel has also recently ramped up contacts with a number of Arab countries that, until recently, had shunned any appearance of even informal ties with the Jewish state. Reports Sunday indicated Israel was working toward establishing diplomatic channels with Sudan and Bahrain.
by Herb Keinon for Jpost.com, November 27, 2018
The Prime Minister’s Office said the ties would be focused on agriculture, water, solar energy and technology, among other fields.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Chad “soon” to formally announce the establishment of diplomatic ties, the Prime Minister’s Office announced on Tuesday.
The announcement came after Netanyahu met for the third time in two days with visiting Chad President Idriss Déby, before the latter ended his two-day visit, the first ever by a Chadian president.
According to the statement, the two leaders discussed “common threats” and the war against terrorism.
by Asharq Al-Awsat for aawsat, November 27, 2018
Qatar will pave the way for new ties with Israel in the coming years and it will allow Israelis to visit during its hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, reported Israel’s Channel 2.
It said that Qatari officials confirmed that Doha will allow Israeli fans and dignitaries to visit the country during the tournament.
Israelis will have free access to attend matches, said Channel 2.
by Charles Bybelezer for TheMediaLine.org, November 27, 2018
Palestinians Call Urgent Meeting Of Arab League In Protest Of Arab Rapprochement With Israel
The Palestinian Authority has called for urgent meetings of the Arab League and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in protest of the ongoing rapprochement between various Middle East and Muslim countries and the Jewish state.
“There are a number of Arab and Islamic resolutions and declarations stating explicitly that there will be no process of normalization with Israel without [solving] the Palestinian issue,” Nabil Sha’ath, a senior adviser to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, told Israeli media.
by Barak Ravid for IsraelI Channel 10 news, November 27, 2018
The Trump administration has promised Israel it will put pressure on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to examine revelations from Israel about Iran’s nuclear program, State Department officials told me.
Why it matters: As part of the Iran nuclear deal, the IAEA closed its investigation into the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program, and the Iranians have never fully disclosed their past efforts to develop nuclear weapons. In an attempt to reopen the investigation, Israel publicly reveled the Iranian nuclear archives captured by Israeli intelligence in Tehran. The archives showed Iran was working until 2003 on building at least five nuclear warheads. In his address to the UN in September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also revealed a warehouse allegedly used to store undeclared parts from Iran’s nuclear program.