<div class="intro-text">\r\n\r\nAfter normalizing relations between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on one hand, and Israel on the other, observers wondered which <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/analysis-2-countries-to-follow-uae-footsteps-with-israel\/">Gulf country<\/a> will be the next to have full diplomatic and normal ties with Tel Aviv.\r\n\r\n<\/div>\r\nEarly this month, Saudi Arabia announced opening its airspaces to Israeli flights for the first time. The Saudis said the decision came in response to \u201ca request by the U.A.E.\u201d\r\n\r\nOn August 31, a flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi passed through Saudi airspace. Air India had earlier received approval to fly directly to Israel, and in 2018 established a direct route from New Delhi to Tel Aviv that passed over the kingdom, according to US reports.\r\n<blockquote class="pullquote align-left">The Saudis did neither welcome nor criticize the normalization deals signed between the U.A.E., Bahrain and Tel Aviv.<\/blockquote>\r\nIsraeli writer <a href="https:\/\/www.haaretz.com\/middle-east-news\/.premium-how-the-uae-and-saudi-arabia-now-hold-israel-hostage-1.9101401">Elie Podeh<\/a> wrote that the real prize to Israel is \u201cRiyadh,\u201d in reference to benefits that Tel Aviv will gain if the Saudi Kingdom accepts normalizing ties with Tel Aviv.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s noteworthy that Saudi\u2019s MBS was quoted in The Atlantic during his most recent visit to the U.S. in April 2018 saying Israel is a big economy and \u201cthere are a lot of interests we share with Tel Aviv.\u201d\r\n\r\nMoreover, he said there has to be a peace agreement to assure stability and to have normal relations.\r\n\r\nAs an observer, I can imagine that many Gulf countries will embrace Israel and unite against Iran. The Saudis recognize the power of Tel Aviv economically and politically in terms of its significant lobby in the U.S. that affects many of Washington\u2019s policies and decisions.\r\n\r\nAs an Arab, I believe that King Salman will never allow such a decision to be taken. The Saudi heir, MBS, may change the Muslims\u2019 Qibla towards Jerusalem after his father\u2019s death, hoping that he has a fair and just solution to the Palestinian cause.\r\n\r\nThe Saudi Kingdom is the sponsor of the Arab Peace Initiative which provides for the establishment of a Palestinian state in exchange for normalization with the occupied Zionist entity.