Both Jerusalem and Riyadh fear US President-elect Biden will adopt outdated, dangerous Obama policies on Iran which seriously damaged Washington’s ties with its traditional Jewish and Sunni Middle East allies.
By Reuters and ILH Staff
A historic meeting between Israel’s prime minister and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has sent a strong signal to allies and enemies alike that the two countries remain deeply committed to containing their common foe Iran.
Last Sunday’s covert meeting in the Saudi city of Neom, confirmed by Israeli officials but publicly denied by Riyadh, conveyed a coordinated message to US President-elect Joe Biden that Washington’s main allies in the region are closing ranks. Continue Reading »
Jordanian envoy to Ramallah, Khaled al-Shawabkeh reports 83 yr-old Palestinian autocrat rejected the offer saying, it would “mean the end of my political life.”
-Senior Palestinian official refused to comment on the report.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas $10 billion if he accepts US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “deal of the century,” the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Tuesday.
A senior Palestinian official in Ramallah refused to comment on the report.
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Diplomatic sources said there’s no indication any country would present a U.N. resolution on China, but a U.N. report on Israel’s use of force against rioting Palestinian protestors in Gaza last year is to be issued.
• Saudi Crown Prince defended Beijing: “China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremization work for its national security.”
By News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday defended China’s use of concentration camps for Muslims, saying it was Beijing’s “right,” the Telegraph reported.
“China has the right to carry out anti-terrorism and de-extremization work for its national security,” the crown prince, who is in China signing multi-million trade deals much to the chagrin of his Western allies, told Chinese state television. Continue Reading »
Highlighting common interests with Israel, Saudi commentator Abdulhameed AlHakeem says Saudi Arabia needs to “eradicate the culture of hatred for Jews in the Arab world,” by establishing full diplomatic ties with Israel, leading to the opening of embassies in Riyadh and Jerusalem.
By Israel Hayom Staff
A senior Saudi commentator has called for establishing “peace with Israel” and ending the hatred of Jews in the Arab world, the Middle East Media Research Institute reported Thursday.
In a series of recent tweets, Abdulhameed AlHakeem, until recently the director of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, expressed support for Israel’s right to exist, congratulated the Jewish state on its 70th anniversary and acknowledged Israel’s historical link to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Saudi Crown Prince tells Palestinian leader to “shut up and stop complaining” after having purposely “missed opportunities again and again, and rejected all the offers it was given.”
By Israel Today Staff
Saudi Arabia’s future king, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, apparently sees the Palestinian leadership as the primary obstacle to peace in the Holy Land.
That according to an Israel Channel 10 News report on the prince’s meeting with Jewish leaders in New York last month.
According to remarks attributed to the Saudi leader, he mercilessly criticized the Palestinian Authority for failing to make peace with Israel over the 40 years of the current peace process. Continue Reading »
As Air India Flight AI139 rolled to a halt at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said,”This is a historic moment,” recognizing Saudi Arabia’s first official pro-Israel agreement.
Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state.
Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of 1945 GMT.
An Air India Boeing 777-300ER – Photo: Wikimedia Commons
“This is a historic moment,” Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP on the tarmac as the Boeing Dreamliner rolled to a halt. Continue Reading »
The Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “We don’t want the new Hitler in Iran to repeat what happened in Europe in the Middle East.”
• Khamenei retorts: The House of Saud is an “accursed tree.”
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the Supreme Leader of Iran “the new Hitler of the Middle East” in an interview with the New York Times published on Thursday, sharply escalating the war of words between the archrivals.
The Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran back rival sides in wars and political crises throughout the region. Continue Reading »
The UK newspaper Daily Mail reports Saudi King Salman will abdicate to his son Prince Mohammed Bin Salman next week, then Saudi Arabia plans to ‘crush’ Hezbollah with Israel.
By Elad Benar
The King of Saudi Arabia plans to step down and announce his son as his successor next week, the British newspaper Daily Mail reported on Thursday, citing a source close to the country’s royal family.
The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests of more than 40 princes and government ministers in a corruption probe. Continue Reading »