Saudi Arabia wants an independent Palestine to normalize relations with Israel

Saudi Arabia will not normalize relations with Israel until it becomes an independent Palestinian state. The Saudi foreign minister has ruled out the possibility of an agreement between the two countries to normalize relations between the two countries. He made it clear that an independent Palestine was needed first for normal relations with Israel.

Speaking at an international conference called Med 2020 on Friday, Saudi Crown Prince and Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said that in order to normalize relations with Israel, we need a peace agreement that guarantees a dignified Palestinian state and a functioning sovereignty that the Palestinians can accept.

He said Saudi Arabia would consider normalizing relations with Israel only if an independent Palestinian state was formed within the 1967 borders. Yuvraj Faisal said the deal should be discussed. What is most urgent now is to bring the Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain normalized relations with Israel through a so-called historic agreement last September. The Palestinians see the US-brokered deal as a “stab in the back.”

The Saudi foreign minister said normalization of relations with Israel was a long-standing goal. He said the issue was first raised at the negotiating table in Fez (Moroccan city) in 1982 by then-Crown Prince Fahad. We have the same goal, where Israel will be a common part of the region, where they will have perfectly normal relations with their neighbors. All we need to make that a reality is a Palestinian state.

Recognition of Israel and Palestine as two separate states is one of the objectives of the Arab peace talks. In 2002, Saudi Arabia was the first to propose such a solution.

In the 1967 war, Saudi Arabia offered to normalize relations with Arab countries on the condition that Israel give up Palestinian territories, including the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank. Since then, the proposal has been discussed many times in the Arab League, but so far it has not seen the light of day.

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