Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Social Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel (left) and Tzachi Braverman (right). Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS

Israeli intelligence minister Gila Gamlielstressed on Saturday that the Iranian regime “This is the real reason why regional stability is threatened” and maintained that “Israel is no longer seen as an enemy by the majority of its neighbors”, in reference to the signing in 2020 of those said ‘Abraham Accords’, those who joined United Arab Emirates (WATER), Bahrain, Sudan there Morocco.

Gamliel, who spoke on the closing day of the X Global Forum in Baku, organized by the International Center Nizami Ganjavistressed that “moderate countries in the region face a common enemy and a threat that they must overcome together”, before stressing that the Iranian regime “is not only a threat to Israel, but to the whole Middle East and beyond”. there”.

Thus, he asserted that the Iranian regime “is the real elephant in the room” and defended that the “Abraham Accords” “They are based on the common interests of the nations that make up the region.” The minister also stressed that they represent a cross-section of “Israel’s strength in a wide range of fields, from security and intelligence to advanced technology, agriculture and medicine.”

This cooperation between Israel and the region has never been seen before.. This is the future,” Gamliel said, adding that Israel is seen in Middle East as “an important and necessary partner in repelling extremist elements in the region”. “When societies in the region begin to understand that Israel is an asset, change will begin,” he argued.

“The relationship between us is important for achieving more meaningful and historic progress with the aim of creating a cooperative Middle East,” he said, before insisting that he considers issues of peace, stability and regional development “are built step by step through courage and a shared vision”.

Gamliel redoubled his criticism of Iran, which he accused of “lying” to the international community and even to the international atomic energy agency (IAEA), referring to recently discovered levels of uranium enrichment above 84% Fordrevealed by the international organization and attributed by Tehran to a possible deviation within the framework of its nuclear works.

Centrifuges used by Iran for uranium enrichment
Centrifuges used by Iran for uranium enrichment

“Israel will clearly continue to maintain its principles and I reiterate that we are firmly opposed to signing another bad nuclear agreement with Iran,” said the minister, who also called on women’s organizations around the world “to open our eyes to what is happening in Iran”. Iran, where they poison girls in school and arrest women for wanting freedom.

“I call on the international community to unite in support of the just and crucial struggle for the freedom of the people, especially the brave women in Iran. This is what needs to be talked about in the Middle East,” concluded Gamliel, making no allusion during his speech to the possibility of a peace process with the Palestinians, amid rising tensions in recent months.

After the minister’s address, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert took the podium, very critical of the government led by Benjamin Netanyahu and made up of various ultra-Orthodox and ultra-right parties, which he accused of “having no interest” in relaunching a peace process with the Palestinian authorities.

“I am not surprised that nothing has been said in this regard by an Israeli government spokesman,” he said, while noting that the ‘Bibi’ executive “has no interest , does not care, does not want and does not make any effort to establish a platform that will create momentum for negotiations with the Palestinians.

Olmert, who held the post between 2006 and 2009, stressed that the Palestinian issue “is part of the stability of the Middle East and beyond” and stressed that “no one ignores terrorism, no one denies the need and the urgency to do everything possible to strike and stop terrorists and not allow them to do anything that could harm innocent people”.

“There is Palestinian terrorism, we must not ignore it. It’s terrible and it hasn’t started in recent weeks with this government”, he underlined, before noting that “that said, it would be unfair, indecent and inappropriate to ignore the fact that since twelve years there has been no government in Israel that has done anything to help initiate a process of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. »

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.  REUTERS/Yana Paskova
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. REUTERS/Yana Paskova

Olmert, who deplored the “historic error” of the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbasby not accepting his 2006 peace plan, said he was “ashamed” of recent statements by the Israeli finance minister, Bezalel Smotrichwho defended the “razing” of the West Bank city of modelattacked by Israeli settlers after the killing of two Israelis.

“When I hear ministers talking about the need to destroy Palestinian villages, how can I seriously think that this government is eager, ready, willing or willing to do anything to change the mood of the Palestinians or to reduce the desire of the Palestinians to be able to think of terrorism to carry out atrocities? “We are against pogroms, we were when they were perpetrated against us and we will never support pogroms against our neighbors and friends “, he added.

In this sense, he acknowledged his “concern” about Iran’s nuclear program, although he maintained that “it has nothing to do with the Palestinian issue”. “On the contrary, the further we are from approaching a process of negotiations with the Palestinians, the greater the Iranian danger. The closer we are to a solution with the Palestinians, the further the Iranian danger will be,” he said.

During the panel, the former secretary general of the Arab League Amr Musa He thanked Olmert for what he described as “an important intervention”, before stressing that “the former prime minister has indicated that a Palestinian state is possible”. “There is a core of people in Israel who want to end the conflict,” he said.

“The problems are not impossible, what is impossible is the attitude of an extremist Israeli government”, he declared, before asserting that “if what Olmert said was accepted by the current “establishment”, we would be on the right track, but unfortunately this is not the case”. In this sense, he reiterated that “although there are windows of opportunity to speak, an actor with whom to speak cannot be found in Israel, especially now”.

For his part, Prince Turki al Faisal al Saud, chairman of the board of directors of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, said that Riyadh considers that “there can be no (a) peace agreement (with Israel) without the existence of a sovereign, viable, independent and self-sufficient Palestinian State”, in relation to the possible adhesion of Saudi Arabia to the “Abraham Accords”.

“All the countries that participate in the ‘Abraham Accords’ have the legitimate and sovereign right to do so, but Saudi Arabia considers that it does not solve the Palestinian problem”, he underlined, before recalling that “the initial statement issued after the agreement was that the annexation of West Bank territories to Israel would be halted, but the Netanyahu government has publicly stated that it seeks to do so.

(With information from Europa Press)

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