Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said 6 or 7 Muslim countries would make peace with Israel after Saudi Arabia did. Photo/REUTERS
NEW YORK – Six or seven Muslim countries will make peace with Israel after Saudi Arabia does. This was conveyed by Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen.
Speaking directly after Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the UN General Assembly marking the start of the “new Middle East”, Cohen said: “It is important to restate what the prime minister said, peace with Saudi Arabia is also peace between Jews and Muslims world.
“Six or seven countries from Africa and Asia will join in (Israel’s) peace agreement with Saudi,” Cohen said.
“I tell you, I have met with several officials from Muslim countries that do not have formal relations with Israel,” he said, in an interview with KAN News on Friday (22/9/2023) afternoon.
Last month, Cohen caused a diplomatic crisis by leaking his conversations with Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush. Mangoush was fired for holding the meeting, forced to leave the country, and is now under investigation.
After reports of the meeting spread, Libyans began rioting in the streets before Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibeh said Libya “completely rejects” the idea of normalization with Israel.
“I’m not talking about (Libya),” Cohen said. “We will wait (with the announcement), but more countries will join our circle of peace, you will see.”