The Arab countries have historically made the settlement of the Palestinian question the condition of normalizing diplomatic ties with Israel.
Jordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries to have signed a formal peace agreement with the Jewish state.
However, after decades of hostility, signs of a rapprochement between Israel and some of the Arab states in the region have shown signs of life in recent months.
This rapprochement is due in particular to a common concern vis-à-vis Iran, who is seeking to extend its influence in the region and seek to acquire the nuclear weapon.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry has announced that a delegation of six journalists from Arab countries, including Iraq and Saudi Arabia, will visit Israel this week.
“This visit aims to “present journalists with Israeli positions on diplomatic and geopolitical issues,” said the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
The Arab Journalists will visit the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, the Israel Knesset, and holy places, according to a ministry statement.
Another sign of relaxation in the relations between Arab countries and Israel is when Israeli journalists attended the Bahrain conference at the end of June. The Bahrain conference was where the economic aspect of an American plan supposed to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was presented. The Palestinians refused to attend, accusing Washington of Israeli bias.
On Thursday, Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel Katz, announced that he publicly met with his Bahraini counterpart in Washington, a first between the two states that do not formally maintain diplomatic relations.