US President Donald Trump has said that he believes Saudi Arabia will be the next country to join the recent peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“I do,” Trump replied when asked at a White House news conference if he expected Saudi Arabia to join the deal.
When Israel was formed in 1948, no Arab nation would do business with the Jewish State, pending recognition of a Palestinian state. However, while some nations such as Egypt and Jordan have normalized relations and made peace, 17 of the Arab League’s 22 member states still refuse to recognize Israel, such as Saudi Arabia and, until last week, the UAE.
After the 1979 revolution, Iran’s new regim rescinded its recognition of Israel, which had been a political partner against mutual Arab rivals under the ousted shah.