Saudi crown prince: Israelis have the right to a homeland

Sergio Conner
April 3, 2018

"We don't have any objection against any other people", he said, adding that Saudi Arabia "doesn't have a problem with Jews".

The remark regarding Israel's right to sovereignty is sure to spark controversy in the Middle East with recent clashes on the Gaza border between Palestinians and the Israeli Defence Force around the Jewish holiday of Passover.

There is no formal diplomatic relationship between Saudi Arabia and Israel, but bin Salman's acknowledgement is one sign that ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv could be improving.

Both countries see Iran as their biggest outside threat and the United States as their key ally.

The crown prince also said Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "makes Hitler look good", referring to the former German leader who carried out the Holocaust. They want to use the democratic system to rule countries and build shadow caliphates everywhere...

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Saudi Arabia condemned US President Donald Trump's move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel a year ago, but Arab officials said at the time that Riyadh appears to be on board with a broader US strategy for an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan still in its early phases of development.

The representative of Iran's Foreign Ministry blasted Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) after the 32-year-old threatened Tehran with a possible Saudi-Iran War in 10 to 15 years.

"Our Prophet Muhammad married a Jewish woman. We believe we have within Sunni Islam four schools of thought", he said, adding that Shiites held many positions of power in government and society.

Saudi Arabia has traditionally been a place that has produced a lot of anti-Semitic propaganda. "There are no problems between Christian and Muslims and Jews", he continued. "But the normal sort of problems", said the crown prince.

"For Saudi Arabia, there is a 0.1 percent chance that this deal would work to change the country". The historic move boosted Israel's attempts to enhance its relationship with the Kingdom as Saudi had never allowed an Israeli aircraft to fly over its airspace for nearly 70 years, Haaretz reported. The kingdom backs a two-state solution. "Israel would, of course, have a strong partner on its side with Saudi Arabia, if indeed this is the overall political view and not only that of the Crown Prince", society president Hellmut Königshaus told Germany's Deutschlandfunk radio station.

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