The head of Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad said Monday his country was renewing ties with Oman and had an “unprecedented opportunity” for a thaw with other Arab states.
“Just recently, renewal of formal relations with Oman was declared and the establishment of a representative office of the (Israeli) foreign ministry in that country,” Yossi Cohen told a security conference in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv.
“That is only the visible tip of a much broader secret effort,” he said, adding that aside from Israel’s historic treaties with Jordan and Egypt, other Arab countries had discreetly joined “the states of peace, some of them in an unseen manner”.
“We do not yet have with them official peace treaties but there is already a commonality of interests, broad cooperation and open channels of communication,” he added.
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