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September 23, 2016 5:31 pm

For First Time, Kuwaiti Delegation Stays to Listen to Israeli PM Speak at UN

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the UN General Assembly. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at the UN General Assembly. Photo: Twitter.

In a potential sign that Israel’s ties with the Sunni Arab axis in the Middle East are indeed getting stronger, the Kuwaiti United Nations delegation — for the first time in history – did not walk out of the hall on Thursday during Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the General Assembly on Thursday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.

Speaking with nrg, an Israeli diplomatic official said, “This was without a doubt a symbolic act that has not been seen before.”

In his UN speech, Netanyahu said that in addition to Egypt and Jordan, which already have signed peace treaties with Israel, “many other states in the region recognize that Israel is not their enemy. They recognize that Israel is their ally. Our common enemies are ISIS and Iran. Our common goals are security, prosperity and peace. I believe that in the years ahead we will work together to achieve these goals.”

There is still a long way to go, however, before Israel’s relations with former regional foes like Kuwait are fully normalized. Just last year, as reported by The Algemeiner, Kuwait Airways — the country’s flag carrier — shut down its New York-London route following a US Transportation Department demand that the airline stop illegally discriminating against Israelis through its policy of refusing to sell them tickets.

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  • Dani

    Kuwait is a State? Saddam Hussain didn´t think so and many arabs still think. They believe Kuwait was a mere English creation to set apart some oil reserves. In such Banana-Oil countries as there exist many in the Persian Gulf, the majority of the population are foreign workers with no right to obtain local citizenship. Moslems have some rights, others are just dhimmis with no rights at all. Democracy? That´s a Word they have never heared of.

  • jobacon

    Kuwait, of all the Arab countries, has the strongest boycott of Israel, it is even written into their international trade treaties. I recently translated a tender from Kuwait for electrical and electronic equipment which stipulated that any bidder with any ties to Israel or doing business with Israel would be automatically excluded and no part of the equipment, however, minute, could be manufactured in Israel. Kuwait has a long way to go before it even eliminates these disgusting, antisemitic and racist attitudes.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    From a Jewish standpoint, morality and justice take precedence over the economic and social functions of society. All sides need to work on these values-based goals, which provide a much stronger bond than a desire for prosperity.

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  • Mercworx

    It’s only ever been the Arabs mixed of wounded ego and religious extremism that has held peace talks back. If Israel was given full recognition and 100% guaranteed security I wouldn’t be surprised if they gave up Judea and Samaria even though it rightfully belongs to the Jewish people.

    Of course they can’t guarantee that for Israel so we are under no obligation to risk our security in exchange for false peace.

  • kansas

    So a positive result from Obama’s hard work to demonize Israel? Wait, what?