“Amid speculation Muscat would take a greater role in Israel-Palestinian peace talks, analysts say it’s more likely Jerusalem using the Gulf nation to send a message to Tehran”

Does Iran lurk behind Netanyahu’s historic visit to Oman?
by Staff
October 26, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a surprise visit to Oman on Friday, boosting his claim to be leading Israel into a new era in ties with Arab nations and prompting speculation about what lay behind the rare public interaction between Israel and a Gulf state with which it no longer has diplomatic relations. There were few concrete details on his talks with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said beyond a joint statement saying the two sides “discussed ways to advance the Middle East peace process and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest to achieve peace and stability in the Middle East.” READ MORE

REUTERS Oman says time to accept Israel in region, offers help for peace Oman described Israel as an accepted Middle East state on Saturday, a day after hosting a surprise visit by its prime minister that Washington said could help regional peace efforts. Oman is offering ideas to help Israel and the Palestinians to come together but is not acting as mediator, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, told a security summit in Bahrain. “Israel is a state present in the region, and we all understand this,” bin Alawi said. 

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