The Middle-East boil is not ready to rest and with the recent announcement by the United Arab Emirates pertaining to normalization of ties with Israel has further divided the Arab world. The deal has been supported fully by the United States but many Middle East countries have criticised the move.
On August 13, Israel and the UAE announced that they will normalize diplomatic relations, following a steady decline in hostilities between the two nations.
Several Middle-East nations have decided to follow the lead of the UAE, with Bahrain and Oman projecting to be the next Gulf countries to formalize the ties with Israel. The news has been confirmed by Israel’s Intelligence Minister, Eli Cohen, on August 16.
Earlier on the day, the UAE opened telephone lines to Israel and the UAE Foreign Minister held the first publicly-acknowledged call with his Israeli counterpart.
Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said, “In the wake of this agreement will come additional agreements, both with more Gulf countries and with Muslim countries in Africa.”
“I think that Bahrain and Oman are definitely on the agenda. In addition, in my assessment, there is a chance that already in the coming year there will be a peace deal with additional countries in Africa, chief among them, Sudan,” he added.