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Saudi Crown Prince: Israelis have the right to their own land


April 13, 2018

In an interview by Jeffrey Goldberg published Monday in The Atlantic, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Israelis have a right to their own land.

Apparently pushing for a two-state solution, he said, “I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.”

Ties between Israel and the Gulf states have improved over the past year, triggered by the common Iranian threat.

“We have religious concerns about the fate of the holy mosque in Jerusalem (i.e. the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site) and about the rights of the Palestinian people. This is what we have. We don’t have any objection against any other people,” said the crown prince, who is currently touring the US.

“Prince Mohammed’s visit to the US is mainly a hunting trip for investment, and an opportunity for him to sell his so-called Vision 2030, an elaborate, still mainly unexecuted plan to modernize the Kingdom and end its dependence on oil,” Goldberg said.

‘Iranian supreme leader makes Hitler look good’

“I believe the Iranian supreme leader makes Hitler look good. Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader is trying to do. Hitler tried to conquer Europe... The supreme leader is trying to conquer the world,” bin Salman said in the interview.

Furthermore, according to Goldberg, he had not a bad word to say about Israel.

Last month, in a surprising turn of events, Saudi Arabia permitted Air India, which launched a direct flight to Tel Aviv, to fly over Saudi airspace, ending a decades-long ban on Israeli commercial flights over its territory.


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