On Sunday, Israel’s prime minister expressed hope that his country would establish formal diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia.
Currently, Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have official diplomatic relations.
According to reports, the kingdom is widely believed to be among a handful of Arab states weighing opening ties with Israel.
“Israel extends its hand to all the countries of the region and calls on them to build ties with us, establish relations with us, and change history for our children,” Prime Minister Yair Lapid said during a weekly Cabinet meeting.
With the help of the United States, Israel’s ties with Arab states have grown since normalizing relations with four Arab states in 2020.
The defense cooperation between the two has also tightened since the Pentagon switched coordination with Israel from U.S. European Command to Central Command, or CENTCOM, last year.