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Blinken: Almost all Arab countries are interested in normalization

In recent days, the Munich Security Conference was held, in which representatives from countries around the world participated and discussed security issues on the international agenda. Naturally, the war in Gaza captured a large volume of the attention of the speakers and the participants. On behalf of the State of Israel, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz (who flew to Germany for the first time) and the President of the State of Israel, Yizhak Herzog, participated.

Katz referred to the revelations of participation in terrorism by UNRWA employees and reiterated his demand for the resignation of the agency’s chairman. This comes after a video posted by the IDF last weekend, in which an UNRWA employee was seen participating in the abduction of Israeli civilians at the Erez crossing on October 7. In addition, Katz addressed the situation in the north and called for greater international pressure on Hezbollah – otherwise the situation would require the intervention of the IDF.

Another positive event was the participation of the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of Portugal at an event of the World Jewish Congress, where he even wore a kippah to his head. Guterres has been criticized (and rightly so) for his conduct during the war, especially in the shadow of his uncompromising demand for a unilateral ceasefire by Israel from the very beginning. At the event, Guterres showed a disc for the release of the abducted persons always carried in his pocket, promising that he was constantly making every effort to bring about the release of the abducted persons.

On Saturday, President Herzog met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on the sidelines of the conference. Blinken pledged that the United States was doing its best to free the hostages while committed to Israel’s security. In addition, Blinken pointed out that the war exposed the strategic reality in the Middle East – almost all Arab countries are interested in normalizing relations with Israel. Many of them demand that this be done while establishing a Palestinian state, but at the same time show a commitment to deep reform in the current Palestinian Authority, in a way that will ensure Israel’s security.

Blinken’s statement comes amid growing news lately, all suggesting that the United States and other Western countries are considering a final recognition of a Palestinian state, without commitment to a specific border or governmental framework, in order to determine a political change after the war. In Israel, steps are being considered in light of the move, but according to some reports, the government may decide to accept the move in its entirety – taking full advantage of the trend of normalization and ending the Israeli-Arab conflict.

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