The minister mentioned that along with security coordination, regional economics can serve as a path for forging diplomatic and political ties with the Arab world.
In the case that intelligence sharing and a level of strategic regional cooperation is attained, Katz said he envisions a plan to physically close the gap between Israel and the Arab world with a train line that runs from Beit Shean to Jordan, and from there can branch out to various destinations in the region.
Katz stated that he has already garnered support from Netanyahu for the venture and efforts are in the works to gain backing from Gulf states, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
He further noted that despite recent questions surrounding the issues, the United States still supports a two-state solution and Netanyahu has not rejected it.
“It’s not that we are against two states, but, as one White House official pointed [out] – ‘if you ask five people what two states would look like, you’d get eight different answers,’” he said.
Katz asserted that, in fact, Trump has opened the playing field for peace.