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UN ambassador: Another country will recognize Israel in ‘day or two’

US Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft on Wednesday said that a new country will recognize Israel “in the next day or two.”

“Well, it could be today — there will be one in the next day or two,” Craft said in an interview with Al Arabiya, a Saudi-owned news channel.

Craft did not provide hints as to the nation’s identity, but said “we would welcome Saudi Arabia to be next.”

The foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain attended a White House ceremony last week as they became the third and fourth Arab countries to recognize Israel.

President Trump publicly said that he believes Saudi Arabia also will recognize Israel. He spoke this month on the phone with Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

Kuwait’s emir, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, met with Trump on Friday at the White House.

At last week’s ceremony celebrating Bahrain and the UAE recognizing Israel, Trump heralded “the dawn of a new Middle East” and said “these agreements will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive peace across the entire region.”

A Norwegian official nominated Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the UAE-Israel deal, before Bahrain also recognized Israel.

As president, Trump moved the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, throttled aid to the Palestinians and recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, a mountainous area seized from Syria in 1967 after it was used to shell Israeli areas.

Mideast peace efforts are led by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, who is Jewish and married to Ivanka Trump.

Kushner said last week in a CNN interview that “bringing the Arab countries together with Israel hopefully marks the beginning of the end of the Arab-Israeli conflict. I think it removes a huge psychological barrier.”

As part of a separate US-brokered normalization of economic relations this month between Serbia and Kosovo, the Muslim-majority Kosovo also agreed to recognize Israel. Serbia agreed to move its embassy to Jerusalem.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Craft’s statement.

Egypt was the first Arab country to recognize Israel, in 1979, followed by Jordan in 1994.

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