Founder of Friends of Zion (FOZ) Museum Mike Evans is supportive of Israel growing closer to Gulf states.
Evans said that after visiting multiple Gulf states, “the leaders are more pro-Israel than a lot of Jews,” specifically praising Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. He later also recognized Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi as a supporter of his cause.
Evans said he believes there will be peace between Israel and at least five or six Gulf nations before Trump leaves office. An ally of the president, Evans gave Trump the “Friend of Zion” award in December 2017 after he moved the US Embassy from Tel Avivto Jerusalem.
Ties between Israel and some Gulf nations have been warming over mutual dislike for Iran and positive relations with Trump. The Trump administration – which also seeks to contain Iran – strongly supports closer ties between US allies in the Gulf and Israel.
The new friendship between Israel and Saudi Arabia remained strong in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, taking many by surprise.
Evans founded the Friends of Zion (FOZ) Museum to recognize non-Jews who helped the Jewish people return to their historic homeland, specifically Christian Zionists, in 2015. The FOZ also serves as a platform to denounce the policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) and antisemitism.
With over 60 million members, FOZ is one of the largest pro-Israel sites in the world.