Saudi Prince Blasts Israel Over Palestinian Statehood

Saudi Prince and former ambassador to the US Turki al-Faisal has bluntly criticized Israel over the Palestinian statehood at a regional summit in Bahrain on Sunday.

Saudi Prince and former ambassador to the US Turki al-Faisal has bluntly criticized Israel over the Palestinian statehood at a regional summit in Bahrain on Sunday.

In remarks made at the IISS Manama Dialogue, Prince Turki al-Faisal called out Israel by saying, “They profess that they want to be friends with Saudi Arabia and yet all Israeli governments are the last of the Western colonizing parts of the Middle East.”

He accused Israel of burning villages of Palestinians, and holding Palestinians, “in concentration camps under the flimsiest of security accusations –young and old, women and men, who are rotting there without recourse to justice”.

“Despite several UN Security Council resolutions rejecting the acquisition of territory by force of arms, all Israeli governments paid no heed to them,” the prince remarked. 

The prince emphasized that the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative must be implemented to solve the conflict. 

Shortly after, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi said, “I would like to express my regret on the comments of the Saudi representative. I don’t believe that they reflect the spirit and the changes taking place in the Middle East.”

In a tweet, he added, “I rejected his remarks & emphasized that the “blame game” era is over. We are at the dawn of a new era. An era of peace.”


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