Pompeo lands in Israel for talks on peace with more Arab countries

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Israel on Monday, the first of several stops in an effort to enlist additional Muslim countries to establish relations with Israel, in the wake of the historic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier this month, the US, Israel and the UAE announced the deal to establish full diplomatic relations, which also requires Israel to freeze its plans to apply sovereignty in Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley.

Pompeo’s itinerary includes Sudan and Bahrain, two countries that could follow the UAE in normalizing ties with Israel.

Pompeo will be meeting with PM Netanyahu, Defense Minister Gantz, Foreign Minister Gaby Ashkenazi, and Mossad head Yossi Cohen.

According to the State Department, the officials will also discuss “regional security issues related to Iran’s malicious influence… as well as cooperation in protecting the US and Israeli economies from malign investors.”

The US has pushed many of its allies to stop China from investing in major infrastructure projects. Israel and the US have been working on a memorandum of understanding on the matter, especially in relation to communications infrastructure.

Israel recently rejected a Chinese bid for a high-speed 5G internet network in the country.