Two weeks ago in a rare public move, Kuwaiti writer Abdullah Al-Hadlaq, urged Arab recognition of the State of Israel as a legitimate, “independent sovereign state,” and Israelis as a people with a right to their land.
Al-Hadlaq stated, “Like it or not, Israel is an independent sovereign state. Most peace-loving and democratic nations recognize it. The group of states that do not recognize Israel are the countries of tyranny and oppression.”
This comes on the heels of mounting reports showing covert (and not so covert) cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia, as they face their common threat, Iran.
Whether or not this cooperation between Israel and Saudi Arabia (and other Arab states) is short-term – useful to both sides as long as necessary to stand up to Iran – or is long-lasting, remains to be seen.
Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu predicted that Israel would be able to engage in open diplomatic relations with Arab states in 50 to 100 years.
PM Netanyahu predicts open Israeli-Arab relations in ’50 or 100 years’
So, as hopeful as these reports are, we won’t hold our breath while Israel and its enemy Arab states make common cause against today’s common enemy. After all, the enemy of my enemy may still be my enemy.
Read the Kuwaiti writer’s interview HERE.