There was much excitement among Israel's leadership after Saturday's announcement at the G20 summit that India, Saudi Arabia, the United States, the European Union and others would create an ambitious rail and shipping corridor that will link the subcontinent with the Middle East and Europe.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as nothing less than "a cooperation project that is the greatest in our history."
Not surprisingly, he portrayed Israel as the hub of the ambitious system: "Our country Israel will be a central junction in this economic corridor, our railways and our ports will open a new gateway from India through the Middle East to Europe, and back."
Netanyahu's National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi called the plan "the most meaningful evidence" that Saudi-Israel normalization was advancing from "a shot in the dark" to a realistic opportunity with tangible goals.
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Lazar Berman is the Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter and a Middle East Forum Writing Fellow.