U.S. Rabbi: Arab World Ready for Relations with Israel

Rabbi Marc Schneider speaks during the during the 32nd Annual Muslim Day Parade Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 in New York. Rabbi Schneier was named the Honorary Grand Marshal of the parade. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)
AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.

Ynetnews reports: Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), who maintains extensive ties with countries in the Persian Gulf, said he has recently seen a vast improvement in relations between Israel and the Gulf states.

Schneier, who is known as a rabbi to many US celebrities, said in an interview with Yedioth Ahronoth that the six Persian Gulf emirates are competing over who will be the first to go public with their relationship with Israel, and establish diplomatic ties.

“I believe we will soon see the official forming of relations with Bahrain, and the rest will follow,” he asserted.  Over the past 15 years, Rabbi Schneier has visited many palaces in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. According to him, the Iranian threat is what stands behind the change in attitude toward Israel. “Israel and the Gulf states face the same existential threat—Iran.”

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