Bin Salman: We have common interests with Israel and its citizens have the right to land[/rtl]
[rtl]Release Date: 2018/4/3 8:33 • 130 times read[/rtl]
(Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said the Israelis had a "right" to have a homeland, a marked shift in the Saudi position from Israel, which has no official diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia until now.
"I believe that every people, everywhere, has the right to live in peace in his country," Bin Salman said in remarks to Atlantic News.
"I also believe that the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land," he said. The unprecedented remarks by a Saudi official during a three-week US tour by Ben Salman took place.
But he stressed the importance of reaching a "peace agreement to ensure the stability of all and begin to build normal relations," according to the American magazine Atlantic.
Although Saudi Arabia has not officially recognized Israel, the two countries view the United States as the biggest ally while viewing Iran as the biggest external threat in the region, as well as agreeing on the great danger to armed groups in the region.
The Arab-Israeli conflict is the biggest obstacle to rapprochement between the two countries. Riyadh continues to support the Palestinians' sovereignty over their land and demands a return to pre-1967 borders between the Arabs and Israel.
"We have religious concerns about the future of Al Aqsa Mosque and the rights of the Palestinians, that's all we think, and we're not against any other people," he said during an interview with editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg on Monday.
But he told Goldberg that Saudi Arabia had no "religious concerns" about living Palestinians with the Israelis in peace as long as there were guarantees to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It appears from these statements that Mohammed bin Salman placed the land claim by the Palestinians and the Israelis on an equal footing, which is unprecedented in the statements of any senior Saudi officials before, nor has any of these statements over the past years to mention any "right "For the Israelis since Saudi Arabia began taking the lead role in sponsoring the 2002 Arab peace initiative, which embraces a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Tensions between Riyadh and Tehran have recently fueled speculation that Saudi tensions could lead to more rapprochement with Israel to work together in the face of what they see as a common threat to the two countries in the region.
"There are common interests between us and Israel, and if peace is resolved, there will be many interests between Israel and the GCC countries," he said.
Saudi Arabia opened its airspace to Israeli commercial aviation for the first time last month, a move praised by the Israeli side, describing it as the fruits of two years of efforts on the level of cooperation between the two countries.
Last November, an Israeli minister disclosed secret contact with Riyadh, a rare acknowledgment of secret deals that have been addressed by recent rumors that the Saudi side has denied.
A few months ago, Saudi Arabia condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to transfer the US embassy in Jerusalem to Jerusalem, which is a formal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but Arab officials have said Saudi Arabia agrees with the United States on the broader strategy of an early Israeli-Palestinian peace plan .
In a related context, bin Salman said that relations with Doha will one day, stressing that it depends on the "country side."
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar since June 2017 over allegations of supporting terrorism, which Qatar denies.
Saudi Arabia has announced the opening of the border between the two countries to allow Qatari pilgrims to perform Hajj without prior permission, and the Saudi king has promised to host them at his own expense.