A Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital is a prerequisite for the normalization of Saudi Arabia’s relations with Israel, Gulf Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said in an interview with the Saudi news channel Al-Hadath.
Although supporting the Abrahamic accords which established diplomatic relations between Israel and four Arab countries, the kingdom maintained that a resolution of the Palestinian issue must take place before joining the pact.
Saudi Arabia recently took positive steps towards the Jewish state, including allowing the use of its airspace for commercial flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, dramatically reducing travel time between the two countries.
The United Arab Emirates and Bahrain signed the Abrahamic Agreements with Israel in a White House ceremony in September 2020. Morocco and Sudan then followed suit.
In an interview last year with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Faisal said normalization with Israel would eventually take place, “but we also need a Palestinian state and we need a peace plan. Palestinian and Israeli ”.
Despite comments from the top Saudi diplomat, it has been reported that the administration of US President Joe Biden is discussing the normalization of Israel with the Saudis.
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan reportedly raised the issue last month in Riyadh during a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
The report said that MBS did not immediately reject the proposal to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, listing the measures needed to take the step, including improving relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia.