What Blinken said about the Saudi-Israeli relationship

Last Updated on May 23, 2024 10:28 am

The United States has been trying to establish diplomatic relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia for a long time. However, the US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken believes that there is a danger that those efforts will not be fruitful because of the clear disagreement between Tel Aviv and Riyadh on the issue of an independent Palestinian state.

This is the first time that a top US official has expressed concern about the implementation of the normalization agreement between the two countries.

Saudi Arabia demands a cease-fire in Gaza and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, Blinken said, and that’s fine. But Israel is not willing to take the matter forward.

At this time, he pointed to Israel and said that the country must decide whether it wants to take advantage of this opportunity (recognition of Saudi Arabia as opposed to accepting the state of Palestine) to achieve the country’s founding aspirations.

Blinken faced criticism from both the right and the left at the congressional hearings. Republicans have accused the Biden administration of failure, saying the Democratic administration did little to help civilians in Gaza.

At this time, a protester tried to jump on Blinken. At that time, he called the US Secretary of State a “criminal”. The protester was later escorted out by law enforcement personnel.

Incidentally, according to the US, many Muslim countries will follow the same path if they establish diplomatic relations with Israel. So Saudi Arabia is also very cautious. But inside, the Saudi administration was on the verge of an agreement. But the Gaza war started in the meantime. As a result, all progress has stalled. Although in the meantime, the US administration continues to try. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Riyadh several times during the Gaza war. However, Saudi Arabia is showing a strict attitude in the current situation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia made a statement on the matter, the United States has been informed that there will be no diplomatic relations with Israel until Palestine is recognized as an independent state.

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