Israel’s growing normalization with the Arab world could facilitate peace with the Palestinians, Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday.
There has been “a revolution in our relations with important Arab states,” the prime minister said at a commencement of the National Security College, outside Tel Aviv. He said these states now recognize that Israel isn’t an enemy, but an ally against the rising threat of Islamic extremism as embodied in the Islamic State movement.
“I think this has another advantage,” Netanyahu added. “We have always said that the moment we solve or make progress or have a breakthrough in peaceful relations with the Palestinians, we’ll be able to achieve peaceful relations with the entire Arab world.
There’s no doubt this is always true — but more and more, I think this process could also run in the opposite direction: The normalization of advancing relations with the Arab world could help to advance peace — a more sober, stable and better-backed peace — between us and the Palestinians.”