Middle East dynamics continue to shift: Saudis say Israel has “right” to land

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.

Image: Mohammed bin Salman (Credit: Kremlin.ru).

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