In what could be seen as the slow thawing of hostilities between Arab nations and Israel, Suadi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has said that the Israelis have a right to a homeland alongside the Palestinians, reports The Telegraph.
When asked if he believed the Jews had a right to their own nation-state, the 32-year old heir to the Saudi throne said that they were entitled to live peacefully in their own land.
I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.Crown Prince of Suadi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is among the 19 Arab League nations that do not recognise the State of Israel. For many years, it has stated that recognition of Israel was dependent on the latter’s withdrawal from lands conquered during the 1967 war – also known as the Six Day War – which the Palestinians want for themselves.
Salman also said that while his country had concerns over the mosque in Jerusalem, it had no objection against other people. He also added that Israel and Saudi had a lot of mutual interests and that peace in the region would result in a lot of interest between the Jewish state and members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Last month, Saudi Arabia finally allowed an Israel-bound flight – Air India’s AI 139 from New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport – to fly over Saudi airspace.
The Donald Trump administration in the United States has for some time been putting pressure on the middle-eastern kingdom to lead peace talks with Israel. Saudi was among the nations to publicly condemn the United States’ move to relocate its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. However, Arab officials have reportedly been in talks with Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas to accept a deal that might lose them East Jerusalem as their capital.
- Air India ,
- delhi ,
- Gulf Cooperation Council ,
- Jerusalem ,
- Mahmoud Abbas ,
- Palestinian Authority ,
- India-Israel relations ,
- Tel Aviv ,
- Donald Trump Administration ,
- Iran-Saudi relations ,
- Israel conflict ,
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ,
- Middle East politics ,
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ,
- Jerusalem vote ,
- Direct Flight ,
- AI 139 ,
- Saudi-Israel Relations ,
- Arab League ,
- Six Day War ,
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.