Pompeo encourages Saudis to normalise ties with Israel

  • Pompeo encourages Saudis to normalise ties with Israel

Pompeo encourages Saudis to normalise ties with Israel

Bahrain, which tightly coordinates its foreign policy with Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates on September 15 signed the so-called Abraham Accords with Israel at the White House.

The survey, by James Zogby at the USA -based Zogby Research Services, was conducted among 3,600 Arabs from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and the Palestinian territories from the period spanning June 24 and July 5 - a month before the normalization deals between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain were announced.

Invoking the 2002 peace initiative, the foreign minister added: "We always envisioned that normalization would happen but we also need to have a Palestinian state and we need to have a Palestinian-Israeli peace plan". During joint remarks with his Saudi counterpart Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped Riyadh would consider striking its own deal with Israel.

The US administration is trying to broker similar deals with other Arab states.

This comes despite pledges in last month's normalisation deals that Israel would halt the expansion of settlements in occupied territories, which the International Court of Justice said stood contrary to international law.

Given that the survey ended July 5 and President Donald Trump made the surprise announcement that the UAE would recognize Israel on August 13, the Zogby poll appears to have accurately presented Arab opinion as already moving to be more accepting of Israel. The Palestinians have slammed the agreements as a "betrayal of Jerusalem, al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian cause", but government-controlled Saudi media hailed them as historic and good for regional peace.

Earlier this year, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to annex the entire Jordan Valley region to Israel's sovereignty if he was re-elected as prime minister.

Some Saudi officials have also stepped up criticism of the Palestinians.