Saudi FM calls for direct peace talks between Israel and Palestinians

Almost Heaven

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Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud called Thursday for direct peace talks between Israel and Palestinians.

In an interview with the Washington Institute, a US think tank focused on the Middle East, the Saudi FM reiterated the country's support for the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002.

Under the proposal, dozens of nations are to set up formal ties with Israel -- but before that, a Palestinian state must be established with a capital in East Jerusalem, and the question of Palestinian refugees must be settled.

The FM said Riyadh welcomed the recent efforts on bringing the two sides to the negotiations table in a nod to US President Donald Trump and stressed the importance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

"All other things will follow from that,” the Saudi FM said in a tacit rejection of the idea of normalizing ties with Israel in the nearest future.

The interview came as the Knesset (Israel Parliament) ratified Thursday Israel's peace treaty with the United Arab Emirates.

With both Israeli and US officials hinting that more Arab states could join the normalization process soon, recent opinion polls revealed that Israelis were most excited about the prospect of formal ties with Saudi Arabia -- and that a majority of Saudis were open to the idea as well.

Tall Timbers

Imperfect but forgiven
It'll probably happen as it is in Saudi Arabia's interests. Iran threatens Saudi Arabia's existence as a sovereign nation, therefore having a close friend and ally in Israel would be very valuable.