Saudi Arabia is not closing the door to normalization with Israel, but it is setting a firm condition. She reiterated the position she has been displaying for several months, namely that normalization will not be to the detriment of the Palestinian question.
Tuesday February 6, John Kirby, the spokesperson for the American National Security Council, reported “ positive signals » from Saudi Arabia regarding the continuation of discussions on normalization with Israel.
The same optimism was displayed Monday by the American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the Israeli President, Isaac Herzog.
Saudi Arabia had initiated discussions with the United States for the normalization of its relations with Israel. Last September, Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman (MBS) publicly declared that his country and the Jewish state were getting closer to an agreement every day. But the outbreak of war in Gaza on October 7 caused the process to be suspended.
The press release from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs made public this Wednesday, February 7, is unequivocal. It comes in response to statements by the spokesperson for the American National Security Council.
Normalization with Israel: what Saudi Arabia demands
The statement reiterated “ constant position » of the kingdom vis-à-vis the Palestinian question, insisting on the “ legitimate rights » of the Palestinian people.
More explicit, the press release from Saudi diplomacy indicates that “ the kingdom has informed the US administration of its consistent position, namely that there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel without the recognition of the independent Palestinian state, within the 1967 borders and with Al Quds-East as capital city “.
Another intransigence from Riyadh, “ stopping Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip ” And “ the withdrawal of all occupying forces » of the Palestinian enclave.
Saudi Arabia also reiterated its call to the international community, particularly the permanent member countries of the UN Security Council, to proceed with the recognition of the Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and with Al Quds. -Is like capital “ in order to enable the Palestinian people to recover their legitimate rights ” And ” establish a global and just peace for all. »
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