Saudi Arabia is working toward normalization with Israel, according to a report by i24News.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir met with American Jewish leaders several weeks ago to discuss ongoing developments between the two nations.
“The direction of Saudi-Israeli relations is normalization, but it will take more time and we must not put the cart before the horse,” Al-Jubeir was quoted as saying in an official document obtained by i24News.
“Israel and other Gulf states have been gradually normalizing for years. The process must be allowed to mature,” he added.
Israel National News also noted that the “Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presented a list of conditions to the White House for Saudi Arabia to move forward with normalization. The Palestinian Authority and the Israel-Palestinian conflict were not mentioned.”
It is uncertain whether Saudi Arabia would join in the Abraham Accords agreement signed in 2020 by Israel, UAE, and Bahrain. The two nations may join in a separate agreement as an alternative.
In addition, the N7 (Negev 7) nations have recently met that have continued to further relations in a wide variety of areas between Israel and other Middle Eastern nations.
The current World Cup, held for the first time in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar, has further symbolized the cooperation between countries traditionally at odds with one another.
President Joe Biden visited both Israel and Saudi Arabia in July to discuss several important issues in the region, including Iran’s nuclear weapon program. He signed an agreement with Prime Minister Yair Lapid that said the U.S. would oppose Iran’s attempt to obtain a nuclear weapon, including military intervention if necessary.
The ongoing coordination between Israel and Saudi Arabia is expected to continue as Benjamin Netanyahu returns to power, building additional bridges toward a future normalization agreement.