A government document leaked by the Hebrew press on Sunday revealed that
Israel had recently opened a new diplomatic mission in an unnamed
Persian Gulf state.
The document was prepared for the Foreign Ministry as part of its
economic plan for 2013-2014, and was reported on by the left-leaning
Israel has in the past operated diplomatic missions in Oman and Qatar,
though both nations closed those offices for fear of appearing
unsympathetic to the "Palestinian cause."
In general, however, the Sunni-dominated Gulf States have moved closer
to Israel in recent years in the shadow of the looming threat of a
nuclear-armed Iran. Numerous media outlets have previously reported that
the Gulf States would be all too happy were Israel to militarily
neutralize Iran's nuclear program.
Earlier this month, it was Qatar's prime minister who sought to breath
new life into the 2002 Arab League Peace Initiative on terms more
friendly toward the Jewish state.
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