File - In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 file photo, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have pledged to seize what they believe is an opportunity for an ambitious Israeli-Arab peace deal. The premise is that Sunni Arab countries – pushed closer to Israel and the U.S. by the fear of regional rival Iran and its nuclear ambitions – can play an active role in future negotiations, perhaps nudging the Palestinians toward a deal they might otherwise reject. An Arab peace initiative presented by Saudi Arabia in 2002 offered Israel normalization with dozens of Arab and Muslim countries in exchange for an Israel withdrawal from the lands it captured in 1967 – including the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, where a state of Palestine would be established.Netanyahu frequently boasts of quiet ties with Arab countries that he refuses to identify.Netanyahu believes the interests of Sunni Arab countries increasingly align with those of Israel.Palestinian officials believe it is unlikely Arab states will cut a separate deal with Israel.Mideast analyst Fawaz Gerges said Arab leaders wouldn't dare strike separate deals with Israel.Israeli suggestions of a closer alliance with Arab countries, ahead of any deal with the Palestinians, are a "pipe dream," he said.
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