Energy Minister Eli Cohen: Saudi Agreement Depends on Iran

Eli Cohen, new Energy Minister, is focused on a Saudi-Israeli normalization deal after the Gaza war and opposed to Palestinian statehood. Cohen previously served as foreign minister during 2023 and strongly believes in the possibility of normalizing Israel’s relations with its neighbors due to Iran’s threat. Hezbollah and other Iranian proxy groups are part of the threat that Israel faces. The concept of an imminent normalized relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia is solidified by the Iranian danger and the potential safeguards the United States could provide. Additionally, the role of the United States is business and regional peace, which was visible in the past year’s Abraham Accords.