relations with Israel are moving closer to normalization, assures Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Such a rapprochement would be “a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance”, reacted the Iranian president.


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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the day after the G20 summit in New Delhi, September 11, 2023. (MONEY SHARMA / AFP)

“We’re getting closer every day.” Saudi Arabia and Israel “bring together” of a normalization of their relations, declared Wednesday September 20 the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in an interview carried out by the American channel Fox News. This normalization enters into the tense context of the Palestinian question “which is very important” that “we must resolve”added the crown prince. “We hope that they will lead to an outcome that will make life easier for the Palestinians and allow Israel to play a role in the Middle East.”did he declare.

This possible normalization of relations between the two countries is not viewed favorably by Iran, said the Iranian president Ebrahim Raïssi from New York during a press conference on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

“We believe that a relationship between countries in the region and the Zionist regime would be a stab in the back of the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance.”

Ebrahim Raïssi, Iranian president

at a press conference

“However, initiating a relationship between the Zionist regime and any regime in the region with the aim of providing security to this Zionist regime will obviously not fulfill this objective”, warned the president of Iran. Israel has already normalized relations with five Arab countries: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

The nuclear threat

The nuclear situation in Iran is being closely scrutinized by Saudi Arabia. “We are concerned about the fact that a country could acquire a nuclear weapon. It is a bad thing,” said Mohammed bin Salman. “They don’t need to get a nuclear weapon because they can’t use it”, he added. According to him, this would amount to triggering “a war with the rest of the world”. “If they get one, we should get one too.”he warned. Iran denies wanting to obtain nuclear weapons, but its stocks of enriched uranium have exceeded the levels authorized by the 2015 nuclear agreement, concluded under Barack Obama and from which former President Donald Trump withdrew.

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