Israel has signed arms deals worth more than $3 billion with countries in the region since the signing of the Abraham Accords in 2020 with Arab countries, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Thursday.
According to an Israeli newspaper, Gantz said Israeli Defense Ministry personnel held about 150 meetings with “their counterparts in regional countries, excluding Egypt and Jordan.”
However, the names of the countries that signed the arms deals or held security meetings with Israel were not mentioned.
Meanwhile, ahead of US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region, Gantz called for enhancing regional cooperation against Iran. The US president’s visit sends a strong message to Israel’s enemies and “strengthens Israel’s position,” he said.
The United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan signed US-sponsored deals in 2020 to normalize relations with Israel, which came to be known as the “Abraham Accords.”
Palestinians have drawn widespread condemnations to the deals by stating the accords ignore their rights and do not serve the Palestinian cause.