On Eve of Elections Saudis Signal Israel There’s No Normalization without Palestinian State

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Jewish Press: One day ahead of the Israeli election, Riyadh sent a signal to Jerusalem through an unusual article in the popular, Jerusalem-based newspaper Al-Quds, that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman will not agree to normalize relations with Israel until a full-fledged Palestinian state is established, and that Israel’s current policy under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership toward the PA and Gaza Arabs does not allow for normalization between the two countries.

“I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.” Joshua 3:1-2

One day ahead of the Israeli election, Riyadh sent a signal to Jerusalem through an unusual article in the popular, Jerusalem-based newspaper Al-Quds, that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman will not agree to normalize relations with Israel until a full-fledged Palestinian state is established, and that Israel’s current policy under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s leadership toward the PA and Gaza Arabs does not allow for normalization between the two countries.

Obaid’s answer to the question posed by his title is a resounding no.

Obaid claims that Crown Prince Ben Salman has invested a great deal of effort that may change the face of the Palestinian issue and has kept in touch with both sides, but for the moment he prefers not to move forward with his efforts in that direction.

This message clashes head-on with Netanyahu’s promises this week to operate a direct flight between Tel Aviv and Mecca for Israeli Muslim pilgrims participating in the annual Hajj. Read More

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