Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is seen during the match of France's Gael Monfils against Andrey Rublev of Russia.
(photo credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM AL OMARI)
I AM convinced that as Israel recently celebrated the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, we are on the cusp of achieving peace and mutual recognition between Israel and the Gulf States. Having made more than 20 trips to the Gulf over the past decade – meeting kings, prime ministers and foreign ministers from all six countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman, I believe it is only a matter of time.Indeed, I am hopeful that the day of recognition of Israel by the nations in the Arabian Gulf – the physical and spiritual heart of the Muslim world – will happen within the next few years and will bring with it ultimate peace in the Middle East.
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