Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) said in a recent interview with Fox News that the prospects of normalized relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel are getting “closer” every day. He also said that the Palestinian issue is “very important” to Saudi Arabia and that it needs to be resolved before a normalization agreement can be reached.
MBS’s comments are significant because Saudi Arabia is one of the most important countries in the Middle East and a close ally of the United States. If Saudi Arabia were to normalize relations with Israel, it would be a major diplomatic breakthrough and a sign of progress towards peace in the region.
However, it is important to note that there are still some obstacles to normalization. One obstacle is the Palestinian issue. Saudi Arabia has long been a supporter of the Palestinian cause, and it is unclear what kind of solution to the conflict would be acceptable to both the Saudis and the Israelis.
Another obstacle is the domestic situation in Saudi Arabia. There is still some opposition to normalization among the Saudi public, and it is unclear whether MBS would be able to overcome this opposition.
Despite the obstacles, MBS’s comments suggest that there is a growing willingness in Saudi Arabia to engage with Israel. This is a positive development, and it is hoped that it will lead to a normalization of relations between the two countries in the near future.