Report: Arab States Offer Israel Improved Ties in Exchange for Peace Concessions

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By Staff.. Israel would be expected to freeze settlement construction as part of steps toward normalizing ties. Various Arab Gulf nations are reportedly prepared to improve ties with Israel if Jerusalem takes what they deem as significant efforts to relaunch the stagnate peace process with the Palestinians, The Wall Street Journal on Monday (May 15, 2017) cited sources close to the matter as saying. As part of the normalization process, the Gulf states would reportedly be willing to set up telecommunication lines between the countries, allow for Israeli businesses to trade with their Arab counterparts and allow for Israeli planes to fly over their airspace. [Photo top right: A meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS)]. 
In return, Israel would have to freeze settlement construction and relax trade restrictions with the Gaza Strip.The report emerged a week before US President Donald Trump is due to make his first visit to the region. Trump’s first foreign trip as president will include stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican. Read the full story.



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