Isolation? Israel's Diplomatic Ties Have Never Been Better

(Reuters) Josh Cohen - Beyond its relationship with Washington, Israel is successfully developing close ties with an unprecedented number of countries - including many old enemies. Since Egyptian President el-Sisi's ascension to power in 2014, Israeli-Egyptian cooperation has reached new heights. The two countries also share intelligence on Hamas and Islamic State's Sinai affiliate. Egypt even allows Israel to conduct drone strikes against militants on Egyptian territory, according to a former senior Israeli official. Mutual security interests also drive an Israeli-Saudi detente. A new Israel-Greece-Cyprus alliance has emerged. Israel is significantly expanding trade and diplomatic ties with India. Chinese-Israeli trade has exploded. China recently began building a new port in Ashdod and also agreed to fund a high-speed railway connecting Ashdod to the Red Sea port of Eilat.

2016-09-23 00:00:00

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