Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan, an Islamist who has spearheaded a campaign demanding global laws against blasphemy, said in a recent interview that President Donald Trump is placing “extraordinary” pressure on his country to recognize the state of Israel.
Middle East Eye noted on Monday that Khan also suggested other states, which he did not name, were adding to the pressure to accept that Israel is a country and formalize diplomatic relations. Khan, who has made anti-semitic comments about the “Jewish lobby” controlling “global media” in the past, insisted that he would not negotiate with “Zionists” unless Palestinians managed to establish a sovereign state for themselves.
Trump has spearheaded efforts to normalize relations between Israel and Muslim states, most of which do not recognize Israel formally and claim that its existence is a violation of the rights of Palestinians. This fall, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Sudan all