Netanyahu visits Oman, which calls for acceptance of Israel

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Some good news on a bad day: After Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu completed a secret visit to the Muslim country of Oman this week, its leaders called for the Arab region to accept Israel as a nation.

In a speech he delivered at the IISS Manama Dialogue security summit in Bahrain, Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi said, “Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this. The world is also aware of this and maybe it is time for Israel to be treated the same [as other states] and to also bear the same obligations.”

Netanyahu traveled to Oman at the invitation of the country’s leader, Sultan Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said, so that the two could discuss regional issues. The visit, which was kept secret until after Netanyahu’s return to Israel on Friday, came just two days after a Palestinian delegation led by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was in Oman. Abbas also met with Sultan Qaboos.

Oman is offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians to come together but is not acting as mediator, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, told the IISS Manama Dialogue security summit in Bahrain. “We are not saying that the road is now easy and paved with flowers, but our priority is to put an end to the conflict and move to a new world,” bin Alawi told the summit.

It appears, based on details in the article, that the diplomacy of the Trump administration is helping to make this possible.



  • Max

    First Saudi Arabia and now Oman? Well, I never thought I would see peace in the Middle East in my lifetime.
    There’s been movement on another front concerning Syria, things are starting to happen fast…

  • Phill O

    It has been said by wiser folk than I: “If the Palestinians wanted peace, there would be peace. If Israel wanted war, Palestine would be no more”.

    Considering the recent shooting by an anti-Trumper, Trump wants peace in the middle east. It is a shame the direction the democrats have taken as it is on the other side of peace (IMO). I have heard no denunciation of that shooter’s actions by the left, but admit I have not watched MSM news outlets recently. In fact CNN’s write up would lead one to think they were all carried out by a Trumper.

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