On Sunday, a famous Saudi prince sharply attacked Israel at a security summit in Bahrain attended remotely by Israel’s foreign minister.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, who has been in charge of Saudi intelligence for more than two decades and served as ambassador to the United States and the United Kingdom, cautioned that any normalisation agreement would be appropriate to help the Palestinians achieve their own independent state.
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He described Israel as the force of “Western colonisation.” “He said Israel has “incarcerated (Palestinians) under the flimsiest security charges in detention camps: young and elderly, women and men, who rot there without recourse to justice. They wreck homes as they wish, and they kill whomever they choose.
The comments made by Prince Turki come as neighbouring Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recently worked to normalise ties with Israel and create connections with them.
Saudi Arabia has maintained that any normalisation between Israel and Israel will only take place in accordance with a permanent peace process requiring a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
“Speaking immediately after Prince Turki, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said: I would like to express my sorrow for the remarks of the Saudi representative.
He said, “I do not believe they reflect the spirit and the changes that are taking place in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia and Israel
After years of low-key diplomacy between the two Mideast nations, Bombshell news that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu conducted secret talks in Saudi Arabia with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“On Monday, Saudi Arabia denied Israeli media claims of the negotiations, saying “No such meeting took place.” The office of Netanyahu was not available immediately to comment on the reports.
The meeting, if it did take place, would be the first recorded trip to the kingdom by an Israeli premier and a significant move towards the recognition of the Jewish state in the Arab world.
Here are some key points regarding the prelude to the meeting mentioned and its possible repercussions.