LAHORE: At a time when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could embark on a brief trip to India this month before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi flies to New York for the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly Suddenly some “intriguing suggestions” appeared on social networks. Pakistan network for the current regime led by Imran Khan to review national foreign policy and establish some kind of relationship with Jerusalem.
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In its September 1, 2019 edition, the “Haaretz,” a 101-year-old Israeli newspaper based in Tel Aviv, had stated: “Prime Minister Imran Khan and his military sponsors are giving unprecedented freedom to a highly censored media To talk about establishing relations with Israel, 14 years after the only public public meeting in the countries, are the conditions for a formal movement?
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With an average daily circulation of 72.00, this longer-lasting Israeli newspaper even cited a tweet from August 26, 2019 from a veteran journalist and television presenter from Pakistan, who considers himself quite aware of the policies and operation of the Pakistani establishment. The Pakistani journalist’s tweet says:
“It is time for Pakistan to counter the nefarious Indian designs with bold foreign policy movements. Our deepest friends are making new alignments. No permanent friends, no enemies. Why can’t we openly discuss the pros and cons of opening direct and open channels of communication with the State of Israel? ”By the way, the Pakistani journalist had expressed his opinions in Urdu in another tweet the same day. English translation of your tweet in Urdu:
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“For the past 40 years, Israel has wanted to establish diplomatic ties with Pakistan, or at least develop a relationship similar to that it has with several Muslim nations. We have always ruled out such proposals so that our Muslim countries do not feel bad about it. But, many of these Muslim nations are now nurturing friendly ties with Israel, and have even embraced Narendra Modi, a staunch enemy of Pakistan. Therefore, it is time for Pakistan to make quick decisions in its own broader national interest. ”
A few years ago, Pakistan was among the 31 member states of the United Nations that do not recognize or maintain diplomatic relations with Israel. These include: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Iran, But now this situation has changed dramatically as several countries have resumed relations or talks with Israel.
Although Israel and Saudi Arabia have not established any official diplomatic relations, both sides perceive that Iran is their greatest enemy. History shows that Saudi Arabia’s troops had participated in the fight against Israel in the Arab-Israeli war of 1948, committing about 1,000 troops to fight under Egyptian rule. At that time, the Saudis played a key role in the Arab League, joining with other Middle Eastern countries in opposition to Israel.
Saudi Arabia also contributed to the “Yom Kippur War” in 1973, transporting around 2,000 troops to help the Arab forces in Syria. When Egypt signed a peace treaty with the Israelis, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states expressed their disapproval by also cutting diplomatic aid and ties with Egypt.