File image. Palestinians protest against the normalization of ties between the Israeli occupation and the United Arab Emirates, in the West Bank city of Tubas on 27 September 2020. (Photo credit: EPA-EFE/ALAA BADARNEH)
The foreign affairs ministry of Israel announced on 3 January that its officials are actively working on normalizing relations with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia.
The ministry said the US government is acting as a mediator in the talks between Israel and the two Muslim nations.
An official from the ministry told journalists at a media briefing that the goal was to normalize relations with Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, and that “these are the two countries we want to reach an agreement with, but it is a slow process that takes a lot of time and effort. We hope for the best.”
The governments of Saudi Arabia and Indonesia are yet to respond to the claims made by the Israeli occupation.
On 14 December 2021, Riyadh said it would accept the establishment of diplomatic relations with Tel Aviv if they are based on the terms of the 2002 Arab peace proposal.
According to the 2002 proposal, Arab countries will only consider establishing ties with Israel when it ends its occupation of all Arab territories occupied in 1967 and when it starts to pave way for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.
In November 2021, Israeli media outlets revealed that a group of Jews from the US had traveled to the Saudi kingdom to meet with senior government officials and members of the royal family in order to discuss the possibility of establishing ties between Saudi Arabia and the Israeli occupation.
In December 2021, an Indonesian newspaper reported that during his visit to Jakarta, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had urged the government of Indonesia to consider joining the so-called Abraham Accords.
If that plan eventuates, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia will join four other Muslim nations that have normalized ties with the Israeli occupation.
The United Arab Emirates was the first to do so on 13 August 2020. Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco followed suit shortly after that.
Many of the citizens of the four countries that have normalized with Israel have rejected and condemned their governments for making this decision.
They say the deal is a betrayal of the Palestinian cause and of the human rights of the Palestinian people.