Will Pakistan become the next Muslim majority country to recognize Israel? Probably not, but if Pakistanis take this issue too much, they will see that the exchange of ambassadors with Jerusalem is perfectly reasonable.
The decisions of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco to restore normalization of relations with Israel have intensified speculation that Pakistan is preparing to follow suit. In a television interview in November, Prime Minister Imran Khan stated that the United States and unnamed countries are under pressure to establish a “good relationship” with Israel.Many commentators think he meant Saudi Arabia and UAE
In the same month, well-known Pakistani journalists also raised the issue of normalization. Considering the sensitivity of this topic and the reluctance of most journalists to risk the dissatisfaction of the military, this suggests that the powerful generals of Pakistan may have instructed their mouthpieces to float a test balloon.
But Islamabad is unlikely to move forward. Khan said in an interview in November that Pakistan recognizes that Israel will rely on a “just solution”
Pakistan’s hostile attitude towards Israel stems from the idea of the Islamic Republic as the vanguard of global pan-Islamism. Long-term solidarity with the Palestinians has always been the foundation of Pakistan’s foreign policy.