Crown Prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, speaking to Jeffrey Goldberg of US news magazine The Atlantic, said Israel has a “right” to a homeland. This is the first time a senior Saudi official has admitted outright that Israel has a right to a homeland in the Middle East.

Mohammed bin Salman was asked by the journalist if the “Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland?”

Bin Salman responded, “I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation.”

The prince, who is on a US tour for 3 weeks, continued, “I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.”

This is a significant shift in Saudi Arabia’s position on the state of Israel, and coincides with other major Middle East developments recently.

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