Wednesday, June 21, the Minister of transport and reconnaissance Yisrael Katz addressed the conference in the Interdisciplinary center in Herzliya.
In his speech, the Minister Yisrael Katz called on Gulf countries to establish economic peace, and come to a gradual normalization of relations with Israel.
The Minister urged the king of Saudi Arabia and crown Prince to lead the Gulf countries to a real dialogue with Israel and suggested inviting the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries, to bring the world of. The Minister noted that regional peace is impossible without Israel: «Together we are strong and Iran is weakened!» said Katz.
The Minister said that the US must show determination to prevent a permanent military basing in Iran and Syria to prevent the establishment of a land corridor between Tehran, Damascus and Beirut.
According to Yisrael Katz, U.S. policy has changed, but threatening reality remained. Iran continues to take steps to achieve their goals in the region. Iranian rocket attacks on the outskirts of dir al-Zura in this context, the threatening message to Gulf Nations.
Katz added that Israel should offer Saudi Arabia and Gulf partnerships in the field of security and intelligence agencies, aimed at creating a barrier to Iran and his accomplices, in return for phased normalization of relations. In other words, the axis of regional security in the middle East instead of the economic world.
In this context, Katz urged to promote economic initiatives, including the establishment of regional railway lines for transportation. It is about transforming Israel into a commercial land bridge between the Mediterranean sea and Jordan, the countries of the East by the historical branch of the «Train valley».
The Minister also presented the initiatives promoted by the construction of artificial Islands off the Gaza strip. According to Katz, his final separation of Israel from the Gaza strip will remove from us the responsibility for the Palestinians living in Gaza. «We will provide the necessary Gas connection to the world, providing the appropriate conditions for controlled movement of people and transportation of goods, and, at the same time, ensure safety», — said Yisrael Katz.
Intelligence Minister noted that the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians should proceed without preconditions, along with the phased steps towards normalization of relations with Arab countries, not instead of them.
«Today the most serious threat to Israel is Iran. This threat creates the basis for cooperation between Sunni Arab countries and the new us administration, which considers Iran part of the problem, not part of the solution,» he added.
Katz recalled that Israel is the strongest power in the middle East, and regional security is impossible without Israel, «because our government can really confront Iran,» concluded the Minister.