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Pakistan Establishing Ties With Israel

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(Adkronos International) Pakistani president Gen. Pervez Musharraf will next month become the first Muslim leader to address the American Jewish Congress (AJC) - an event which is apparently part of a process to bring his country closer to Israel.

News of Musharraf's scheduled speech on 17 September at the AJC's New York headquarters first broke when a Washington-based web journal, the South Asia Tribune cited a AJC internal memo. The document mentioned a visit by an AJC delegation this May during which Musharraf was invited to make the speech.

Although Pakistan officially does not recognize Israel's existence, (as it views them as an illegal occupier of Palestine) they have been meeting in unofficially in secret. Pakistan and Israel have been meeting in an attempt to promote trade between the two nations, as well as encourage strategic alliances between them, as both are the only nuclear powers in the region and could cause serious damage if a war ever broke out in the area.

Saudi Arabia, one of Israel's harshest international critics, has been kept informed of these contacts and has given its tacit approval, [a senior Pakistani government official, speaking on condition of anonymity] said.

One of the first objectives of the Islamabad-Tel Aviv talks is to drop Pakistan's ban on its citizens travelling to Israel. Once that is achieved, both countries will seek to establish diplomatic missions. But strong opposition in Pakistani towards Israel, especially among hardline Muslim leaders, Musharraf will have to tread carefully, the official told AKI.

Although Musharraf is walking a dangerous path, he is very courageous and should be commended for treading down a road deemed by many to be unpopular. Musharraf is considering breaking the ice with Israel by visiting Jerusalem, although he will probably visit the Dome of the Rock in order to pacify criticism back home. A Pakistani-Israeli alliance could go a long way in the region, and may help confront the Iranian threat that Europe is unable to control.

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