Hawzah News Agency (Occupied Territories of Palestine) - Analysts believe that the measure taken on Sunday is in line with the Israeli regime's attempts to whitewash its blood-stained image in the Arab world and the continuation of attempts by Tel Aviv to improve relations with some Arab countries in the region.
Unnamed diplomats in Jerusalem al-Quds said the Arabic-language page would serve as “some sort of digital embassy” to Iraq, despite the fact that Israel still formally considers Iraq an enemy state.
According to the diplomats, Israel has in recent months stepped up efforts to reach out to Iraq, alleging that Iraqis are interested in establishing ties with the regime.
Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post quoted Yonatan Gonen, who heads the Arabic branch in the Israeli foreign ministry's digital diplomacy division, as claiming that the decision to create a special Facebook page for Iraqis – called "Israel in the Iraqi Dialect" – was aimed at providing the Iraqi audience with more information about Israel.
The ministry's director general, Yuval Rotem, also claimed that the plan to launch a "digital embassy" for Iraqis was in response to "the growing interest" that the Arab world was showing in Israel.
The latest measure by Israel comes after reports revealing that some Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, have been taking steps to mend fences with Israel despite the generally heinous image of the Quds-usurping regime among the Arab nations.
In an interview with the Atlantic published on April 2, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman recognized Israel and stressed that Israelis were entitled to their own land.
He said that the kingdom had no problems with Jews and that "there are a lot of interests we share with Israel."
One month earlier, Saudi Arabia had opened its airspace to Air India flights to and from the Israeli-occupied territories, adding concrete evidence to the long-running reports of warming Riyadh-Tel Aviv relations.
An unnamed official with the Palestinian Authority (PA) also revealed in March that top Israeli and Saudi officials had held a series of secret Egypt-brokered meetings in Cairo.
The talks between Israeli and Saudi officials took place at a luxury hotel in Cairo, with Egyptian officials present, dealing with the economic interests of Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, particularly in the Red Sea region, according to the official.
He also warned that the Israel-Saudi détente was harming the Palestinians.
On Friday, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates participated in the 101st Giro d'Italia cycling competition launched in Israel.
The Palestinian Olympic Committee (POC) called on the national committees of the two Persian Gulf Arab countries to withdraw their two cycling teams from the event, which it described as "a disgrace to anyone who stands behind it or participates in it."