Now Reading: PM Khan Rejects Claims that Pakistani Officials Met with Israelis Amid Rumor of Peace Deal
Amid the rumors of a potential peace deal between the two countries, sources – including those from diplomatic circles – have claimed that Pakistani officials may have met with Israeli ones, suggesting that Pakistan could be the next country to normalize ties with Israel. Noor Dahri – the founder of the British think tank Islamic Theology of Counter Terrorism – is at the forefront of all who are claiming about this possibility. PM Khan has rejected these rumors.
Dahri has been fairly active on twitter, talking on the matter and hinting at the meetings between the two countries. Recently, he teased that the peace deal between the two states is going well and that will be disclosing a secret meeting between the two countries’ politicians soon. He wrote;
“(Good News for Pakistanis) Soon, I am going to disclose a recent secret but successful meeting between the Pakistani politician and Israeli politicians in Tel Aviv (Israel). I got the information from my Israeli friends of Intel department. Thank you, #Pakistan and #Israel”
These claims may or may not be backed up by the fact that a business jet used by Israeli businessmen was recently spotted in the Federal Capital as well.
Bizjet sometimes used by Israeli businessman in UAE landed Islamabad Pakistan nov29 for 2 hours. Arrived from Malaysia.
Past week plane was in Israel and Dubai and Maldives
— avi scharf (@avischarf) December 21, 2020
It is no secret that Pakistan has always publicly rejected speculation of a deal with Israel in the past. But, as per Dahri, the former Pakistani Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif had sent two delegations to Israel to explore normalization of ties between the two countries. Not only this, but he claimed that Benazir Bhutto had also met with a Israeli delegation in Washington AND sent a delegation to Israel.
Furthermore, Dahri had claimed in a telephone interview with a private media outlet that although Pakistan has been publicly hostile to Israel over the Palestinian issue, yet there is a long history of covert ties between the two countries. This could very well be changed as an opportunity has opened now, with the ties between Israel and the Arab and Muslim world aren’t considered forbidden anymore, light of the shifting geo-political reality, said Dahri.
This includes the US brokered Abraham Accords, under whose Israel has normalized its ties with the United Arab Emirates as well as Bahrain, and is in the process of doing the same with Sudan and Morocco. Dahri delved into details about this, stating:
“Openly they [Pakistan] are telling its people we are not going forward without the establishment of a Palestinian state. But, it is a hard position to hold onto in light of the Abraham Accords and the possibility of normalized deal with Saudi Arabia. Now is the time, because Arab countries want Pakistan to openly establish ties with Israel. The Arab states want to break Pakistan away from Turkey and the Iranian alliance and bring it into their emerging diplomatic circle with Israel. Saudi Arabia has the UAE generated pressure on Pakistan to normalize relations with Israel, as well as minimize relations with Turkey.”
(Good News for Pakistanis)
Soon, I am going to disclose a recent secret but successful meeting between the Pakistani politician and Israeli politicians in Tel Aviv (Israel).
I got the information from my Israeli friends of Intel department.
— Noor Dahri (@dahrinoor2) December 13, 2020
Dahri went on to say that despite open rejections, Pakistan would be backed into doing this as Pakistan’s ties with the UAE are at a low point, such that the UAE has halted visas for Pakistan citizens, He added that Pakistanis living and working in Saudi Arabia provide a $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion boost to Pakistan’s economy. As such, the country’s economy would shrink massively unless the visa ban is reversed.
Explaining the conditions on which Pakistan will be made to do it, he stated that both the Arab countries have asked Pakistan to stop its alliance with Turkey and normalize relations with Israel. In return, Saudi Arabia will reinstate its financial aid and start providing the oil to Pakistan and UAE would reissue visas. He concluded;
“Pakistan is hoping that a deal with Israel would help it improve its ties with Saudi Arabia, which has stopped financial assistance and oil exports to Pakistan. Pakistan is also in need of an ally in the region, to balance out India’s growing ties with Middle East countries such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Israel.”
Though, despite all these bold claims, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen has speculated that other deals could include Oman and Indonesia, but probably not Pakistan.
Pakistan Slams Rumors of Peace Treaty
Pakistani sources all have slammed these rumors and once again has made it clear to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that Islamabad cannot recognize Israel until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not resolved. PM Khan has stated on the matter,
“Pakistan is a democratic society — and our entire nation stands with the Palestinians. We will never recognize Israel until the Palestinians get their rights. Why would anyone go from Pakistan when it’s our policy that we don’t recognize Israel? What’s a minister going to do there? This is absolutely fake news.”