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Tel Aviv Expects Normalization Deal With Doha

Tel Aviv Expects Normalization Deal With Doha

Sunday, 25 October, 2020 - 06:30
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House senior advisor Jared Kushner applaud as US President Donald Trump is seen on the phone with leaders of Israel and Sudan speaking about the decision to rescind Sudan's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US, October 23, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Qatar is likely to be next to normalize ties with Tel Aviv, Israeli officials expected.

If Qatar normalizes ties with Israel, following the UAE and Bahrain, in addition to the anticipated deal with Sudan, then the region will be facing a genuine breakthrough given Doha's strong ties with “Hamas” and the “Muslim Brotherhood,” Israel's Channel 13 reported, citing Israeli officials.

According to the Israeli report, the interest of Qatar from this deal is represented in purchasing F-35 stealth fighter jets, which the UAE hopes to obtain following its agreement to normalize ties with Israel.

Israel also said Friday it will not oppose the US sale of “certain weapon systems” to the UAE following an agreement with Washington to upgrade its capabilities to preserve its military edge in the Middle East.

Remarkably, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper signed a deal that ensures Israel’s qualitative military edge (QME) in the region.

The deal signed between Jerusalem and Washington will enable long-term procurement plans that will provide Israel with advanced weapons systems, “significantly upgrade its military capabilities, fortify Israel’s security and regional military superiority and preserve its qualitative military edge in the coming decades.”

Also, Alon Ben David from Maariv newspaper said that Tel Aviv is working on making a diplomatic breakthrough with Qatar. If this endeavor succeeded then the Middle East will be introduced to a big change, he noted.

Israel looks forward to a bigger Qatari role in the Gaza Strip where Hamas lays hands.

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