newspaper “Jerusalem Post“The Israeli government shed light on the role of the Israeli Mossad, and its head, Yossi Cohen, in the stages preceding the conclusion of the historic peace agreements between the two sides.
The report said that the real moments in the transformation of the course of relations between Arabs and Israel were between 2017 and 2019, stressing that “Saudi Arabia played an important role” at that stage.
The Israeli newspaper indicated that it had learned that Cohen had focused since 2016 on the application of relations with Arab countries, as he traveled to Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, and other countries without formal relations between these countries with Israel.
Cohen had a major role in paving the way for a peace agreement with the UAE, which led to Saudi Arabia’s support for this approach, even if the Saudis had not formally concluded a peace agreement with Israel yet, according to the Jerusalem Post.
The report pointed out that the head of the Israeli National Security Council, Mir Ben Shabat, and an agent of the Israeli “Shin Bet”, called “R” or “Maoz”, played a major role in making these agreements.
Young women and the needy had contacts with Sudan, due to their experience in dealing with cases of the International Crime Court, and Cohen would not mind that young women and the needy could contribute to pushing the normalization efforts and assisting them in several stages, such as temporarily blocking negotiations between Sudan and the United States.
The “Jerusalem Post” learned that Ben Shabat and Maaz played a role in the file of normalizing relations with both Sudan and Morocco, while Cohen was the main responsible for the “normalization project.”
According to Cohen’s account, he participated in planning a meeting between the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the head of the Sudanese Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, in February 2020 in Uganda.
In one of his speeches during 2019, Cohen stated that the Mossad had prepared the scene for renewing relations with Oman and “establishing representation for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” which was met with public refusal from Amman at the time, according to the Jerusalem Post.
It is noteworthy that four Arab countries announced the normalization of relations with Israel during the second half of 2020, starting with the UAE, then Bahrain, Sudan, and finally Morocco.
On the other hand, identical sources reported that Netanyahu made an unprecedented visit to Saudi Arabia on November 23, 2020, and held secret talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, at the time, denied on Twitter that any meeting took place between the crown prince and the Israeli prime minister.