October 14, 2023
Baghdad/Al-Masala Al-Hadath: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to suspend normalization talks with Israel against the backdrop of the ongoing war between the Hebrew state and the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, according to what a source close to the Saudi government told Agence France-Presse on Saturday.
The Saudi official familiar with the negotiations said, “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to suspend talks about possible normalization (with Israel) and informed this to the American officials” who are sponsoring the discussions.
Saudi Arabia has come a long way in negotiations that have been ongoing for months to reach historic normalization with the Hebrew state under American sponsorship.
The sudden and unprecedented attack launched by Hamas fighters on Israel last Saturday, and the subsequent intense Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, complicated the announcement of expected normalization.