As Foreign Minister of the vibrant state of Israel, Eli Cohen has been making waves across the globe, working tirelessly to strengthen international ties and foster peace. Known for his relentless pace, Cohen has left no stone unturned in his efforts to bolster Israel’s diplomatic relations, a testament to his commitment to the Land of Milk and Honey.
Within a short span of five months, Cohen has embarked on a multitude of international trips, visiting Kyiv, Delhi, Brussels, Ankara, Stockholm, and Ashgabat, all with the aim of extending Israel’s diplomatic reach. His commendable work has ensured that Israeli flights can now pass through Oman’s airspace, and he’s made significant strides in formalizing peace with Sudan. In addition, Cohen has also successfully wrapped up a free-trade agreement with the United Arab Emirates.
Cohen, who is well aware of his limited time in the role, is laser-focused on his mission of achieving as many diplomatic milestones as possible, vowing to “do things that haven’t been done before.”
A significant part of his efforts is focused on further normalization with the Arab and Muslim world. His previous experience as the intelligence minister played a crucial role in shaping the Abraham Accords, fostering stronger relations between Israel and Sudan, and other Muslim nations in Africa and Asia.
With Saudi Arabia on the radar for normalization, Cohen asserts that it’s not a matter of “if”, but “when.” Despite recent diplomatic shifts, Cohen maintains that Saudi Arabia shares common interests with Israel and will do everything it can to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weaponry.
Moving on to the progress in Sudan, Cohen has tirelessly worked on a draft peace agreement, despite ongoing military conflicts that have been an impediment to its finalization. His relentless efforts are rooted in a steadfast hope that the talks in Riyadh will restore peace in Sudan, preventing it from reverting into a hub for terrorism.
But Cohen’s ambitions don’t stop there. He’s already eyeing more diplomatic agreements, focusing on a diverse range of nations such as Niger, Mauritania, Somalia, Djibouti, Malaysia, and Indonesia. His vision for Israelis is for them to enjoy the beauty of destinations like Bali with ease while enhancing the tourism flow from these countries to Israel.
In his diplomatic interactions, Cohen consistently highlights the tangible benefits of the Abraham Accords and emphasizes the invaluable economic and technological aid that Israel can provide, particularly in sectors like agriculture and water management.
Another lofty goal that Cohen has set for his tenure is to double the number of countries that house their embassies in Jerusalem, showcasing his unwavering commitment to elevate Israel’s status on the global stage.
Despite the challenging dynamics surrounding the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Cohen made a landmark visit to Kyiv, expressing Israel’s solidarity with Ukraine and affirming Israel’s position as a part of the Western world.
In the face of criticism and controversy, Cohen has held firm on Israel’s principles and values, continually asserting that the Jewish state places the utmost importance on the value of human life. This dedication to core principles is deeply rooted in the collective conscience of the Israeli people.
In an era marked by misinformation and misunderstandings, Cohen has also made it a priority to fight for Israel’s international image, defending the state’s democratic nature and its judicial reform plan. He promotes constructive dialogue while upholding the dignity and reputation of the state of Israel at all costs.
At the end of the day, Cohen’s dynamic diplomacy underscores the tireless efforts of the Israeli people to promote peace, co-existence, and mutual understanding on the global stage. His tenure as foreign minister serves as a shining testament to the nation’s enduring commitment to these core values.
This spirit of relentless pursuit to the end.