On Tuesday, President Trump said that he expects up to 10 more countries to normalize relations with Israel, following the UAE, Bahrain, and Sudan. The president said the deals would happen “largely after” the November 3rd presidential election.
“We have five, but really have probably nine or ten that are right in the mix, we’re going to have a lot, I think we’ll have all of them eventually,” President Trump told reporters, without mentioning any countries by name.
On Saturday, Israel’s Channel 12 cited Israeli government sources who said Oman could be the next Arab country to open diplomatic ties with Israel. The report said a deal with Muscat could even be reached before the US presidential election.
Channel 12 also reported that Israeli Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen believes Saudi Arabia will normalize with Israel after the US presidential election. The report said a Saudi deal could come along with a significant weapons sale, similar to the UAE’s normalization that included a possible US sale of F-35s to Abu Dhabi.
The normalization agreements could turn into an arms sale bonanza in the Middle East. Last week, Israel signed off on the US sale of F-35 fighter jets to the UAE after securing a guarantee from Washington that Israel will get new weapons in exchange. If more Arab countries request weapons in exchange for normalization agreements, the US will need to appease the Israelis by giving them even more arms.