‘Publicly, Israel Is a Boycotted Enemy. But Behind the Scenes, a Great Deal Happens’

Iran received arms from Israel (even after the revolution), Saudi Arabia received intel (and put out feelers about peace) and Nasser’s Egypt held contacts with the Mossad. Research into the secret ties Israel conducted with its enemies shows that it wasn’t as isolated as it claimed to be

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A full century before this week’s Negev Summit, at Kibbutz Sde Boker, with the participation of the foreign ministers of Israel, Bahrain, the Emirates and Morocco, as well as the United States, representatives of the Zionist movement met with Arab officials for secret peace talks. The year was 1922; the host city, Cairo. On one side of the negotiating table sat representatives of the Arab national movement from Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Facing them were officials from the political department of the Zionist Organization. Then, as now, Palestinians were conspicuous by their absence.

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