Negev summit: Israel tries to unite alliance against Iran, US comes to reconcile

What seemed like a delusion two years ago has turned into a strategic economic, political and security alliance following the signing of peace agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco: And of course the US Secretary of State.

The United States has pushed for and promoted the historic “Negev Summit,” with the U.S. goal of trying to appease the Gulf states and the moderate Sunni axis ahead of a possible signing of the nuclear deal, Israeli and American sources told Globes.

According to them, the background to the meeting now in the midst of the final discussions in Vienna is the great anger that exists in the Gulf states and Israel towards Washington – anger that led to a refusal to significantly increase oil and gas production to slow their price increases, due to the war in Ukraine.

A senior Gulf official told Globes that despite the festive atmosphere, foreign ministers would not hesitate to emphasize criticism of US efforts on the issue of the nuclear agreement with Iran and that they are considering removing the Revolutionary Guards from the list of terrorist organizations.

“We would like to hear Foreign Minister Linken answer the difficult questions and in particular, how they intend to help protect their allies in the region, including on the oil facilities that provide energy to all over the world.” The remarks were made against the background of a Houthi attack from Yemen on oil facilities in the Jeddah area that caused huge fires for a day.

After the meetings in Israel, the US Secretary of State will also continue with the Gulf states on the calming campaign, which probably means that the agreement with Iran will not be signed as long as it is in the area.

Ganz tried to advance his own summit, but did not get approval

The Iranian issue will be the focus of the really important discussions alongside the talks on advancing the Abrahamic Agreements in various aspects and the existence of regional cooperation between the countries of the Abrahamic Accords along with Egypt and Jordan.

The summit will be attended by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who arrived in Israel last night, Abdullah bin Zayed from the United Arab Emirates, Nasser Burita from Morocco and moved to Latif a-Ziani from Bahrain. Samah Shukri, Egypt’s foreign minister, also joined them in a later announcement, and until the last minute, attempts will continue to bring in Jordan’s foreign minister, Ayman a-Safdi, but he will not join at the moment.

Jordanian King Abdullah II is scheduled to arrive in Ramallah on Monday for a meeting with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, just after the Negev Foreign Ministers’ meeting. , But the initiative did not receive the approval of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. Political sources say that this refusal is intended to prevent the initiatives of some of the ministers to further promote contacts with the Palestinian Authority and in a way that contradicts the government’s guidelines. It stipulates that no political negotiations will be promoted with the Palestinians.

And back to the meeting in the Negev, the foreign ministers will arrive during the day, and will be taken to the Kedma Hotel near Sde Boker, a hotel that will host the entire meeting. Planning a festive reception, a joint dinner as well as closed meetings between the seniors. The full schedule has not been finalized and it is possible that the foreign ministers will go to the grave of the first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. The place of the current Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is also absent from the meeting schedule, except for a meeting in Jerusalem with the US Secretary of State in Linken. The event in the Negev remains an exclusive performance by Foreign Minister Yair Lapid.

Another missing person from this alliance is Saudi Arabia, due to being at this stage outside the agreements of Abraham. However, it is clear that she is there in her spirit, actually represented by Bahrain and the UAE and her remarks will also reach the negotiating tables.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last night issued an unusual statement following the attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, saying that “the State of Israel expresses its regret to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the face of the difficult attack led by the Houthis, which are supported by Iran. This attack is further proof of “Iran knows no borders, and reinforces the fear of removing the Revolutionary Guards from the list of terrorist organizations.” Meaning: Israel stands by Saudi Arabia against the Houthis and their operatives in Iran, and actually puts it in the regional alliance.

Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frij said yesterday that “recent developments in the region, including the Iranians’ expected signing of a nuclear deal with the Houthi rebel powers and recent attacks, have accelerated contacts for the meeting.”

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