Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara (Likud) told Arutz Sheva on Thursday that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is no longer the central focus of the international community.
Speaking from Paris, where he is currently visiting, Kara said that the war against radical Islam is an opportunity for cooperation between Israel and Arab countries.
“We are promoting an economic conference in France with all the anti-Iranian countries in an attempt to bring new tidings to the region,” he said, before noting that at the present time, no one seems to be interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“There is a split in the Arab countries between the Iranian camp, which controls Lebanon and Syria, and the Saudi coalition which sees Iran and ISIS as the enemy. So countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia now have common interests with Israel,” explained Kara.
“The Palestinian issue is no longer relevant in the world. I saw fit to involve the French in holding an economic conference in their country. We will deal in it with many joint projects, such as gas supply and technological cooperation. This opens up new hopes for Israel to get new allies,” he added.
Kara’s comments come amid reports about some sort of relations with Saudi Arabia and its neighbors.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said in mid-February at the Munich Security Conference in Germany that Israel was carrying out secret contacts with Arab countries in the Persian Gulf.
Ya'alon's said in his speech that Israel has channels of communication with neighboring Sunni Arab countries. "Not only Jordan and Egypt," he elaborated. "I speak about the Gulf states and North African states too. Unfortunately, they are not here to listen. For them, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood are the enemy…. Iran is the bad guy for us and for the Sunni regimes. They are not shaking hands [with Israelis] in public, but we meet in closed rooms."
And last month it was reported that a top-level Israeli delegation that included a senior political figure visited Saudi Arabia, though further details could not be divulged.