Gulf states ’offer deal to Israel’ as Trump heads to Middle East | Middle East Eye
Numerous Gulf states have offered to a deal to normalise relations with Israel if Tel Aviv takes steps to restart peace talks with the Palestinians, according to reports.
The offer to normalise relations come a week before Donald Trump visits Saudi Arabia and Israel in his first foreign trip as US president.
The Wall Street Journal said numerous Gulf states were prepared to set up telecommunication lines between the countries, open trade negotiations and allow planes to fly over their airspace.
In exchange, Israel would have to freeze settlement construction [partiellement précisent certaines sources] in the West Bank and relax trade restrictions with the Gaza Strip.
The position to normalise relations with Israel were outlined in an unreleased discussion paper shared among several Arab states, obtained by the Wall Street Journal.
The paper, according to WSJ, was intended to demonstrate the Gulf states commitment to align itself to Trump’s foreign policy, who has stressed a desire to work with Arab states to forge a Middle East peace agreement.