Oman has made it clear that they have not established diplomatic ties with Israel.

“Information on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Sultanate and Israel is unfounded. The sultanate is keen to create diplomatic conditions to restore communication between all international and regional parties to work on achieving peace between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, resulting in an independent Palestinian state,” the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs said

This statement comes in response to the claim of Yossi Cohen, the head of the Israeli secret service, who said that “Just recently, renewal of formal relations with Oman was declared and the establishment of a representative office of the

Re-establishing ties between the two countries is “the visible part of a much larger effort, which remains secret,” Cohen said.

In the 1990s, Israel and Oman each opened a trade representation office before the Sultanate decided to close them in 2000 in the wake of the second Palestinian Intifada.

This past October, the Sultan Qaboos of Oman, whose country is a discreet mediator in several regional crises, received Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Muscat.

On June 26th, Oman announced its intention to open an embassy in the Palestinian Territories, an initiative cautiously received by Palestinian officials for fear that Oman may use the Embassy as stepping stone to establish formal ties with Israel.