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Netanyahu visited Oman on the invitation of Sultan Qaboos bin Syed.

Looks like Oman would be the 1st country in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

What made Oman establish diplomatic relations with Israel and vice versa?

  • Please explain GCC, or add a link. Google has LOTS of GCCs. – jamesqf Oct 28 '18 at 18:47
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    Because diplomatic relations is the normal state of affairs between sovereign countries, perhaps you should look at why the other GCC countries break the norm and avoid diplomatic relations. Then you may discover how Oman's decision is different from the others'. – Ben Voigt Oct 29 '18 at 0:23
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    The OP, user:23270, seems like a potential sockpupet, with an account description of "delete me". The question however seems interesting if supportable answers are proposed. – Burt_Harris Nov 4 '18 at 4:32
  • @Burt_Harris, what made you curious about my profile? – user23270 Nov 4 '18 at 10:42
  • @stackoverflow.com, The name used seems to imply an association with the organization, so I clicked on it. – Burt_Harris Nov 4 '18 at 18:34
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Because there is a big standoff between Israel and Iran in the Middle-East. And minor, and especially tiny countries, seemingly are being forced to align with one of these countries.

All US-backed gulf states are moving towards Israel's side, mostly because of the Israel-U.S. alliance. The only exception (or, maybe looking like exception) is Turkey; it is trying to become a third regional leader in the Middle-East not aligned with the U.S.

Maybe, only maybe!, it is a probe by the Saudis; they may test Arabian-world reaction on such diplomatic act before establishing relations themselves.

  • Possible downvoters, please, your argumentation is welcome in comments. Clear emotions are not welcome, you may happily leave it on your side of the screen.) – user2501323 Oct 30 '18 at 12:20
  • its far more complex than just Iran, but that is definitely a major component – Display name Oct 30 '18 at 12:35
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    Yes, there is some simplification in answer, but it is a real challenge, to describe all middle-east diplomatic labirnthian in one answer. – user2501323 Oct 30 '18 at 12:36
  • Can you provide something that shows this is the correct answer? Good answers are expected to be factually true, rather than speculative. – indigochild Oct 31 '18 at 15:36
  • It's hard to provide links which describes basis for some foreign country motivations. But if i'll ever been in Oman, I'll ask sultain about what they've wanted from it.) – user2501323 Nov 1 '18 at 6:10

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