JPost: Arab Gulf nations are reportedly prepared to improve ties with Israel if Jerusalem takes what they deem as significant efforts to relaunch the stagnate peace process with the Palestinians, The Wall Street Journal on Monday cited sources close to the matter as saying.
As part of the normalization process, the Gulf states would reportedly be willing to set up telecommunication lines between the countries, allow for Israeli businesses to trade with their Arab counterparts and allow for Israeli planes to fly over their airspace.
In return, Israel would have to freeze settlement construction and relax trade restrictions with the Gaza Strip. more …
Opinion: The offer is as phony as a 3 dollar bill. Even if there was a shred of truth, neither Iran, Syria, Iraq, ISIS, Hamas or Hezbollah would agree.
The offer sounds so simple:
- freeze settlement construction
- relax trade restrictions with the Gaza Strip
If Israel were to stop building homes for its citizens in its capital and surrounding towns, there would be no housing for its growing population and tens of thousands of Jews making aliyah.
If Israel were to allow unrestricted imports to the Hamas government of Gaza, tunnel-building materials and weapons would flow at an even faster rate.
That the Trump administration is exploring whether to host a conference over the summer to bring Gulf Arab leaders, Abbas, and Netanyahu to a peace conference for the first time, just may be a reason to postpone the embassy move.
That would be a grave mistake at a time when this president needs all the blessings he can get (Genesis 12:3).