The remarks on Saturday by Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the minister accountable for international affairs in Oman, got here on the sidelines of the World Financial Discussion board hosted by Jordan on the shores of the Useless Sea.
“The West has supplied Israel political, financial and navy help and it now holds all of the technique of energy… however regardless of that it fears for its future as a non-Arab nation surrounded by 400 million Arabs,” he mentioned.
“I consider that we Arabs should have the ability to look into this challenge and attempt to ease these fears that Israel has by way of initiatives and actual offers between us and Israel,” he informed a panel discussing geopolitics.
Whereas Abdullah’s title is Minister Answerable for Overseas Affairs, Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Mentioned Al Mentioned stays the official Minister of Overseas Affairs.
The panel’s moderator, journalist Hadley Gamble, interrupted him to ask if the most effective resolution to the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian battle is “recognising Israel and its proper to exist”.
The minister mentioned no.
“Not recognising, however we wish them themselves to really feel that there are not any threats to their future.”
Jordanian Overseas Minister Ayman Safadi, whose nation is the one Arab nation together with Egypt to have a peace treaty with Israel, dismissed the remarks saying “the problem is that there’s an occupation” of Arab land.
“The Arab world has recognised Israel’s proper to exist. The Palestinians themselves recognised the Israeli proper to exist… that’s not the problem,” Safadi informed the panel.
“The problem is that there’s an occupation. Is that this occupation going to finish or not?
Israel, Safadi mentioned, should “withdraw from Arab lands occupied since 1967 and permit” the creation of a Palestinian state. “That is the problem,” he mentioned.
“In the event that they (Israel) say they don’t seem to be snug, that’s not my downside,” mentioned Safadi.
“The issue is just not with Arabs giving assurances… the issue is with Israel doing what is true for peace,” he added.
“Israel… is just not doing the fitting factor. Really, it’s doing extra of the unsuitable issues by suffocating Palestinians,” the Jordanian international minister mentioned, referring to the Israeli-blockaded Gaza Strip.
“Gaza, might be as you heard many occasions, the world’s largest jail,” he added.
In latest months, Israel has been courting Gulf Arab states.
In October final 12 months, Netanyahu held shock talks with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos in Muscat – elevating Palestinian fears of a normalisation of ties.
Final 12 months Bin Alawi informed a regional convention in Bahrain it is perhaps “time for Israel to be handled the identical (as states within the Center East) and in addition bear the identical obligations”.
Bahrain endorsed the remarks which on the time have been mentioned to be geared toward transferring the Israeli-Palestinian “narrative from intractability to a brand new focus of pragmatism”.
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