An Israeli government minister says the Jewish state is trying to normalize relations with a fifth Muslim country before US President Donald Trump leaves office.
The White House has mediated between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco this year, while Morocco is hosting an Israeli-US delegation today, according to Reuters. The visit is expected to improve relations.
Asked if a fifth country could sign an agreement with Israel before Trump leaves office on January 20, Israeli Regional Cooperation Minister Ofir Akunis told YNET TV: “We are working in that direction. ‘
“The United States will announce the normalization of another country’s relations with Israel,” he said.
He declined to name the country but said there were two key candidates.
He noted the possibility of Oman being in a Gulf but added that Saudi Arabia was not.
“The other candidate in the East is a Muslim country that is not small, but it is not Pakistan,” he said.
Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, said last week that it would not recognize Israel until the demand for a Palestinian state was met.
Palestinians fear that the normalization of relations with Israel by Arab states will weaken the long-standing Arab position, with Israel withdrawing from the occupied territories and recognizing a Palestinian state in exchange for normal relations with Arab countries.