To strengthen relations with the United States, the Saudi crown prince is seeking a peace deal with Israel after Biden takes office, reports the Wall Street Journal
The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who reportedly met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week, has reversed his decision to normalize relations with Israel after U.. S.. . President Donald Trump lost the election on Jan.. November to Joe Biden, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing official American and Saudi sources.
On Monday, Israeli sources said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia and met the Crown Prince and U.. S.. . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Mossad chief Yossi Cohen also attended the meeting, which was held in the city of Neom, according to the sources. The Prime Minister’s office declined to comment on the matter. The flight was seen on flight tracking websites.
A senior Saudi adviser later confirmed the Netanyahu MBS meeting but said no agreement had been reached, the Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the report, Saudi advisors said that MBS, which is determined to forge links with the Biden government, is currently unwilling to reach a normalization agreement with Israel, preferring instead to sign a possible peace deal rather than signifying relations with Saudi -Arabia to be elected president in the future.
The advisors added that establishing relations with Israel under Biden, who has taken a tough stance on Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, could help the Saudis in Washington. An official U. . S.. . Source told The Wall Street Journal that « Saudi Arabia is trying to figure out how best to use this to repair its image in Washington and generate goodwill with Biden and Congress. ”
However, the American sources noted that the chances of reaching a peace deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia before Trump came on Jan.. January leaves the White House, are minor but not impossible. According to Saudi advisers, Riyadh is currently not interested in having peace talks with Israel, an issue that has sparked much controversy in the Arab world.
The Saudi sources said that MBS had other considerations that prompted its decision not to normalize relations with Israel for the moment. The Crown Prince and his father, 84-year-old King Salman, still disagree on how to tackle the problem of the Palestinians seeking their own state. Saudi royal advisors said the king was well aware of his son’s conversations with Israel but his poor health prevented him from grasping the full extent of the discussions.
Two months ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that while MBS supports normalization with Israel and seeks to do business with Israel, his father supports the boycott of Israel by Arab countries and supports the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
On the weekend, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud discussed the latest normalization agreements in an interview with Reuters, saying that Saudi Arabia has « long supported normalization with Israel, but one thing must be very important. « happen first: a permanent and complete peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. « »
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