Editorial date: 2017/6/18
Saudi Arabia and Israel have begun talks to establish trade ties between the two countries, which are expected to have a major impact on alliances in the region for the coming period, The Times said.
Arab and US sources said relations could begin with limited scope, for example by allowing Israeli companies to operate in the Gulf and allowing Israeli airlines to fly in Saudi airspace.
The newspaper quoted Saudi sources as saying that "a Saudi delegation led by a retired brigade visited Israel last year 2016, adding that" senior Israeli leaders are excited to expand this alliance. "
The Times noted that fear of Iran drives the Gulf states to build relations between Israel, and linked the newspaper between the recent events between the Gulf and Qatar, and the rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Israel.
"The possibility of closer relations with Israel in part is the reason why Saudi Arabia and its allies impose a total siege on Qatar in an effort to force the Gulf state to stop its support for the Palestinian Hamas movement that controls the Gaza Strip."
The talks between Saudi Arabia and Israel were the result of US President Donald Trump's visit to the two countries last month.
In late May, the first direct flight between the Saudi capital of Riyadh and the city of Tel Aviv was launched when US President Donald Trump left the kingdom on the presidential plane heading for his second stop Israel on his first world tour as president.
Israel's Minister of Transport and Intelligence, Yisrael Katz, recently presented Greenblatt, the American president's representative, with a plan to "link the regional peace train" to Israel and the Gulf states through a rail network that would allow Arab countries to enter the Mediterranean .