Media reports confirmed that the White House is working on a “road map” to normalize relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia.
A report published by “Axios” website quoted four American sources as quoting a “road map” being prepared before US President Joe Biden’s visit to the Middle East next month.
The report pointed out that this matter constitutes a continuation of Washington’s efforts to promote “progress” in relations between Israel and the Arab countries, especially after the efforts of the Ibrahim Accords, which resulted in the normalization of relations between Israel and four Arab countries.
The sources revealed to Axios that the White House “held a meeting last week with experts at a think tank on Biden’s trip to the Middle East, in which he raised the issue of a roadmap to normalization without going into details.”
“We are working behind the scenes with some countries” other than those that normalized their relations with Israel under the “Abraham Accords” sponsored by former US President Donald Trump in 2020, according to US Deputy Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs Barbara Leaf. A report by AFP.
She added, “I think you will see interesting things during the President’s visit,” Biden’s upcoming visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, where Biden is expected to participate in the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Jeddah.
When asked about the details of these expected developments, Lev did not specify whether it was a full recognition of Israel by new countries or a more modest step towards normalizing relations, nor did she reveal which countries she was referring to, considering that the disclosure of these countries is a matter of the president.
The Biden administration asserts that it wants to expand the “Abraham Accords” that led Arab countries to recognize Israel for the first time since it was recognized by Egypt in 1979-1980 and Jordan in 1994.
Attention is now turning to Saudi Arabia, whose crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is sometimes said to be relatively open to normalizing relations with Israel.
The White House announced that Biden would travel from Israel to Jeddah on a direct flight, a precedent that was considered a historic step.
Some hope to make further progress during the presidential visit.
In a statement to Agence France-Presse, the former US ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, who is currently a researcher at the “Atlantic Council” center, said that he expects to develop a “road map” towards normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel.