Another amazing diplomatic triumph in the Middle East.
From Toi Staff’s article for The Times of Israel:
In the first visit of its kind, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Saudi Arabia on Sunday, where he met with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli and Saudi officials said Monday.
Netanyahu was on the ground in Neom, a Red Sea city, for more than three hours for the first known high-level meeting between an Israeli and Saudi leader. He was accompanied by Mossad intelligence chief Yossi Cohen, Hebrew media reports said.
News of the meeting was confirmed early Monday afternoon by Education Minister Yoav Gallant. “I congratulate the prime minister on this amazing achievement,” Gallant said on Army Radio. “The fact that the meeting took place and was made public — even if it was in only a semiofficial way — is something of great importance.” He said it indicated the growing “warm acceptance of Israel by the Sunni world,” and that this was “something our ancestors dreamed about.”
And this is on the heels of Israel making peace and establishing normalization of diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan.
While it is true that no concrete deal came out of the Saudi/Israel meeting – orchestrated by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – the fact that these to-date mortal enemies met in this manner is remarkable on steroids.
I will end this blog by making what I think is a very important point: the meeting you just read about did not happen – nor could it have happened – during the Obama/Biden administration.
The question is whether it will continue to happen if we have a Biden/Harris presidency – despite Biden’s reported interest in going back to the previous administration’s “make a deal with Iran” and “Israel/Palestinian Arab two-state solution” dead ends.
If Biden does that, you can expect two things:
-The historic progress for peace we have seen in the Middle East will come to a screeching halt;
-The significance/influence of the Trump-led United States to these peace deals – which is almost certainly why they have taken place at all- is going to fall back to the nothingness of Obama/Biden.
Let’s hope that Joe Biden, as President, has the capacity to understand this…and to withstand the intense heat from prominent Israel-hating Democrats who think – not without good reason – that they can control him.
Frankly, I’m not confident.