Saudi FM Throws Cold Water on Peace with Israel

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Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat appeared to throw cold water on the idea of a separate peace with Israel, instead urging the resumption of talks with the Palestinians.

After the UAE and Bahrain both agreed to a normalization deal with the Jewish state, many believed that Saudi Arabia would be next, but Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said otherwise.

The Times of Israel reports the prince saying, “We welcome the recent efforts to bring the parties together towards a comprehensive peace plan because an important step for a secure … Middle East remains a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. All other things will follow from that.”

“I believe that the focus now needs to be on getting the Palestinians and the Israelis back to the negotiating table,” he said. “In the end, the only thing that can deliver lasting peace and lasting stability is an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis. If we don’t manage to achieve that, we will continue to have that festering wound in the region.”

“We always envisioned that normalization would happen but we also need to have a Palestinian state and we need to have a Palestinian-Israeli peace plan,” he added.

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