Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that the Arab world understands how Israel is “on the side of peace” and cooperation in the region.
“The Arab world understands more and more that Israel has always been on the side of peace and cooperation”, the official website of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs quoted Naftali Bennet.
This came in a speech during the opening of his government’s weekly meeting, commenting on Israel’s hosting of a six-party summit, the first of its kind, that includes the US, Egyptian, Emirati, Bahraini and Moroccan foreign ministers.
Bennett described the summit, which will be held in the kibbutz (a cooperative village) “Sde Boker” in the Negev (south), as a “very festive and touching day”, according to the official Israeli channel “Kan”.
He continued, “We have all installed more political, economic and security content – in these relations that have existed for not a few years, in order to link the moderate states in the Middle East.”
He added that “in the Arab world, they began to understand more that Israel was and still is in the camp of peace and cooperation,” according to the same source.
On the Iranian issue, Bennett indicated that the idea of the United States removing the Iranian Revolutionary Guard from the list of terrorist organizations “is very worrying, not only for Israel,” adding: “We still hope that this will not happen and we are working on it.”
And media reports had recently reported that the United States of America was considering removing the Iranian Revolutionary Guards from the terrorist list, in exchange for a public pledge from Iran to stop the escalation in the region.
In a related context, Bennett wrote on his Twitter account on Sunday: “The foreign ministers of Egypt, the UAE, Morocco and Bahrain – welcome to Israel!”
He went on, commenting on his meeting last week in the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed: “Last week, we witnessed a pivotal moment in the meeting with President El-Sisi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Our old peace with Egypt met our new peace. represented in the Abraham Agreements.
He continued, “I am happy to see the continuation of this line also at the meeting of foreign ministers in Sde Boker. Welcome to Israel.”
On Tuesday, the Egyptian presidential spokesman said that the meeting, which took place in Sharm El-Sheikh and brought together Sisi, bin Zayed and Bennett, “discussed the repercussions of global developments, especially with regard to energy, market stability, and food security.”
The Negev summit is scheduled to be held in Israel on Sunday and Monday, and will focus, according to Hebrew media, on the “Iranian threat.”
A senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official said that this is a “real historical event” and represents a “blow to Iran,” according to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.