Will any of the following countries recognize Israel’s statehood by 31 December 2024?
Closing Jan 01, 2025 05:00AM UTC
Since its establishment in 1948, the state of Israel has faced many challenges to its legitimacy from its Arab and Muslim neighbors. In 1979, Egypt became the first of these states to officially recognize Israel, followed by Jordan in 1994, and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco in 2020 (Jewish Virtual Library). The regional competition between Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iran has led to not only numerous discussions on the status of the various Arab Gulf States in terms of which side of this “conflict” they support, but also whether Saudi Arabia would also recognize Israel as a legitimate state. Despite the conflict over Israeli statehood, many of these countries are united in their opposition to Iran's military ambitions (Washington Institute, Reuters), with some arguing that coordination is needed to confront the challenges Iran poses to regional stability (Foreign Policy, Crisis Group).