MembersIs Saudi Arabia Courting the State of Israel?

After decades of antagonism, overtures toward “potential ally” in shadow of Iranian threat

By Edy Cohen | | Topics: Saudi Arabia, Abraham Accords
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
Illustration. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. Photo: EPA-EFE/HAYOUNG JEON

It was an unusually fascinating interview, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s first with Atlantic Magazine.

He spoke on a variety of topics – the Khashoggi “incident,” his relationship with US President Joe Biden, Islam, reforms in the Saudi kingdom, the liberation of women, and of course his project VISION 2030. But in this article, I will focus on a few lines which mentioned the State of Israel and the possibility of normalizing relations between the Kingdom and the Jewish state.

Mohammed Bin Salman (often referred to as MBS) was asked whether Saudi Arabia intends to follow in the footsteps of other Arab countries and establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

“We don’t look at Israel as an enemy,” Bin Salman replied. “We look to them as a potential ally, with many interests that we can pursue together.” But first, he said, Israel must solve the problems with the Palestinians.

By the way, this quote was also reported in the Saudi state news agency.

You can learn a lot from these lines. The fact...

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