The former US ambassador to Tel Aviv, Dan Shapiro, confirmed that the Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler of the kingdom, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, is more willing to normalize than the generation of his father, King Salman.
He drew, “Shapiro” during an interview with the newspaper, “Yedioth AharonotHowever, this matter “will take time.”
The Saudis are approaching the Israelis
The former ambassador also explained that the evaluation of Saudi-Israeli relations indicates that the Saudis are approaching the Israelis, especially in the area of normalization.
Dan Shapiro said: “It is hard to believe that the UAE, and certainly Bahrain, would have progressed in the process of normalization with Israel without Saudi support. Or certainly they will not be able to achieve this normalization if there is a Saudi opposition. ”
He added, “Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks at the Palestinian interest, and the possibilities for cooperation with Israel, in a different way.” On the generation of his father, King Salman.
According to the former ambassador, One of the criteria for the future of Saudi relations with Israel is the possibility for the United States and the administration of Joe Biden to re-examine their relations with the Kingdom.
This is due to the killing of civilians in the Yemen war, human rights violations in the Kingdom, the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, and such issues. It will influence Saudi decisions on Israel.
“I expect that once the Saudis are really ready to go ahead with the normalization process with Israel,” Shapiro said. “They will ask for something, and I expect it to be related to the Palestinians, such as a settlement freeze, and a declaration of commitment to the two-state solution.”
And he continued, according to the translation of “Arabi 21”: “At the same time, I ask my Israeli friends about the price they see fit for such normalization. In exchange for the Saudis’ recognition of Israel.
Mohammed bin Salman is afraid of the adult wing
It is also noteworthy that last December, the US agency “Bloomberg” said that the main reason was the Saudi Crown Prince’s reluctance to sign. The normalization agreement with Israel is not concerned about the status of the kingdom, as some say.
But because of his fear of the adult ward in Royal palaceLike the former intelligence chief, Prince Turki Al-Faisal.
And in December of last year, the Israeli newspaper “Jerusalem Post” quoted Israeli officials that Saudi Arabia would announce normalization. With Israel within 12 months.
The officials made clear that normalization would not take place in the first months of US President Joe Biden’s term, but they expressed their belief that steps would be taken. Recent peace in the Middle East will strengthen the process.
Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen stated at the time that any deal could be achieved within the next year with Saudi Arabia. But he did not clearly indicate the date he intended until the end of 2021.
It is noteworthy that media reports spoke that on November 23, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the Saudi Crown Prince. Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, in the presence of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
For its part, the “Jerusalem Post” revealed that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Israel in the past.
Talks between Saudi Arabia and Israel
The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation had revealed the details of talks that took place between the Saudi and Israeli side, regarding the regime’s fear in the kingdom of movements. Biden and his threat to open the human rights file in Saudi Arabia. In a sign that Mohammed bin Salman is asking for Netanyahu to be protected against the anger of the new American president.
In this context, the Israeli organization “Kan” stated that the Saudi side made a statement during a series of contacts with Israeli officials. His concerns about the new US administration.
Mohammed bin Salman and Netanyahu
Saudi officials expressed regret over the Biden administration’s interest in human rights issues in the kingdom.
The Hebrew media also reported that high-ranking officials from Israel and Saudi Arabia discussed during their phone calls the president’s administration plans. American to return to the nuclear agreement with Iran.
Netanyahu is trying to pressure Biden for the sake of bin Salman
It is noteworthy that the Hebrew news site Walla reported last month that Israel intends to use its influence over the United States. In order to push the Biden administration to refrain from pressuring Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the UAE.
With regard to human rights issues.
In anticipation of the impact this may have on the progress that has been made in the normalization of relations between the Hebrew state and its Arab neighbors.
Biden, King Salman, and the Khashoggi Report
Informed American sources confirmed that US President Joe Biden will call Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, according to what was reported by Axios.
The sources said, according to the American website, that the timing of the call comes days before the disclosure of the American intelligence report. Which exposes the involvement of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The sources explained that the call indicates Biden’s move to reset Saudi relations, after the Trump administration made an interest. Riyadh in the Persian Gulf is a priority for US foreign policy.
The White House responds
In response to these reports, White House spokeswoman Jean Sackey confirmed that President Joe Biden will communicate with Saudi King Salman “at the appropriate time.”
Saki stressed that the Biden administration’s policy is different from that of Donald Trump’s administration.
Saki’s comment came in response to a question at a White House press conference about what it means that Biden is not planning to contact Polly. The Saudi era and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and whether it was a symbolic move, and how could relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia change.
Saki replied, “What I said last week is that we are assessing our relations with Saudi Arabia, and part of what I said is that we will have. Peer-to-peer communications ”.
And she continued: “This means, as you know, that last week the US Secretary of Defense had a conversation with Mohammed bin Salman. This is the correct communication between peers. ”
She added, “We expect the president to have a conversation with the king at the appropriate time, but there are other components to our relationship as you know. Among them is the fact that President Biden, unlike the previous administration, will not hold back or shut up when he has it. Objections or concerns about issues related to human rights, freedom of expression or anything else. ”
And a White House spokeswoman added, “At the same time, there is an important role we can play in our relationships. With regard to the threats that Saudi Arabia faces from the region, and this relationship.
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