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Of four nationalities .. Arab media delegation recognizes Israel "close"

2019-07-21T19:47:10.222Z



The Israeli Foreign Ministry announced that it will host an Arab media delegation comprising Saudi, Emirati, Egyptian and Iraqi journalists.

The delegation would meet with members of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), State Department officials and Israeli academics.

The ministry said the program included "the Holocaust Museum", the holy sites in Jerusalem, the cities of Nazareth, Haifa and Tel Aviv, pointing out that the purpose of the visit of journalists is to get a closer look at the reality of Israel and life in it.

She explained that hosting the Arab press delegation came at the initiative of the Arab section of the ministry, in order to inform the journalists - some coming from countries that do not have diplomatic relations with the Israeli side - on Israel's position on political and geopolitical issues and to identify Israeli society in all its categories.

With the exception of Egypt and Jordan, which are linked to peace treaties with Israel, no other Arab state has formal relations with Israel.

But Israeli officials have repeatedly announced in recent months that they have made breakthroughs in improving relations with Arab countries, as well as the participation of Israeli delegations in various Arab events.

This comes despite Israel's rejection of the 2002 Arab peace initiative, which stipulates normal relations with Israel in exchange for its withdrawal from the Arab territories occupied in 1967, the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, and a just solution to the refugee problem.

The Palestinians accuse Arab countries of helping the United States pass the US-brokered Middle East peace plan known as the "Century Deal".

It is alleged that the plan is based on forcing the Palestinians - with the help of Arab states - to make unfair concessions in favor of Israel, especially on the status of the occupied city of Jerusalem and the right of return of refugees and the borders of the hoped-for Palestinian state.

Source: aljazeera

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