At a meeting with Jewish leaders in New York last month, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman abused the Palestinian leadership for rejecting the opportunities for peace with Israel for decades and said they should either accept peace proposals or "peace" Keep one's mouth shut".
Citing several sources, Israel's Channel 10 News cited on Sunday night what he said were statements by the Crown Prince at the meeting, which had "staggered" those present by the ferocity of his criticism of the Palestinians.
"Over the past 40 years, the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly missed opportunities and rejected all offers," said the Saudi leader.
"It is time for the Palestinians to accept the offers and agree to come to the negotiating table ̵
Prince Salman also told the Jewish leaders in the US "The Palestinian question is not high on the agenda of the Saudi government," saying, "There are much more urgent and important issues that we need to address – like Iran ", so the TV report. Nonetheless, the Crown Prince has reportedly emphasized that there must be substantial progress towards an Israeli-Palestinian agreement before the Saudis and other Arab states deepen their ties with Israel. "There must be significant progress towards an agreement with the Palestinians before it will be possible to advance negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Arab world and Israel," he was quoted as saying.
The TV report dated the meeting on March 27, during the prince's extensive visit to the US. It did not name those present. The Saudi embassy said that the Crown Prince was to meet this week with Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism; Rabbi Steven Wernick, leader of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; and Allen Fagin, Vice President of the Orthodox Union. However, this meeting, which included Christian leaders, took place on March 28.
The television report was based on a telegram from the Israeli diplomat at the New York Consulate to the State Department instructed by the meeting, and three other sources familiar with the content of the meeting. One of the attendees told the TV station that the group was shaken by what the prince had to say and almost fell off their chairs.
A number of news reports, including from the New York Times and Reuters, have claimed In recent months, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pressured to accept a much-anticipated peace proposal from the Trump administration.
After meeting with Jewish and Christian leaders on March 28, the Saudi embassy in Washington said the common bond between all people, especially the faithful, the importance of tolerance, coexistence, and cooperation for a better future for the people emphasize all humanity. "
A statement from the embassy added that" the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has always been committed to expanding dialogue and will continue to advocate for a better understanding between religions and for the common humanity of all peoples to concentrate.
No specific details of wha The Crown Leaders and Crown Princes that were talked about were released.
In an interview published a few days later, the Crown Prince recognized Israel's right to exist and extolled the prospect of future diplomatic relations between his kingdom and In a detailed interview with Jeffrey Goldberg from the Atlantic, the Prince outlined his vision for the future of the Middle East, including the possibility of cooperation with Israel.
Asked if he believes "that the Jewish people a right to a nation has "I believe that every people everywhere has the right to live in their peaceful nation," he replied. I believe that the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.
However, in line with the terms of his kingdom's regional peace proposal, the Saudi Crown Prince added that "an agreement with the Palestinians is a prerequisite for formal affairs relations." But we must have a peace agreement to ensure stability for all and having normal relationships, "he said.
Had he" no religiously justified objection to the existence of Israel? ", he was asked further, to which the Crown Prince replied:" We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem and the rights of the Palestinian people. We have this. We have no objections to other people.
When asked about anti-Semitism in Saudi Arabia, he said: "Our country has no problem with Jews. Our Prophet Mohammed married a Jewess. Not just a friend – he married her. Our Prophet, his neighbors were Jews. You will find a lot of Jews in Saudi Arabia coming from America and coming from Europe. There are no problems between Christians and Muslims and Jews. We have problems as you would find anywhere in the world. But the normal kind of problems. "
Israel and Saudi Arabia have no official ties and the kingdom does not recognize the Jewish state Israel has pointed to secret ties with Saudi Arabia in recent years and emphasizes that both countries have an interest in Iran Rumors of undercover relations were denied by Saudi officials, but a Saudi general visited Jerusalem in 2016 and met with Israeli lawmakers, and Saudi officials have met with Israeli officials in public on several occasions, and Saudi Arabia allowed Air India last month Flying over its airspace to and from Tel Aviv.
Asked if a common concern over Iran brought Israel and Saudi Arabia together, he said, "Israel is a big economy size and it's a growing economy, and of course there are many interests that we share with Israel, and if there is peace, w There would be great interest between Israel and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries and countries like Egypt and Jordan. "
Salman has also talked about the threat to the Middle East, which he said was posed by Iran and even said that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic," makes Hitler look good. "
" Hitler does not do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe. That's bad, "he explained," but the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world. He believes that he owns the world. They are both bad guys. He is the Hitler of the Middle East. Nobody saw Hitler as a danger in the 1920s and 1930s. Only a few people. Until it happened. We do not want to see what happened in Europe in the Middle East. We want to stop this through political movements, economic movements, intelligence. We want to avoid a war.
Shortly thereafter, Saudi King Salman, in a conversation with US President Donald Trump, reiterated his nation's support for the Palestinians.
The King "reaffirmed the Kingdom's steadfast attitude to the Palestinian issue and the legitimacy of the Palestinian right People on an independent state with Jerusalem as the capital, "said the official Saudi press agency.