Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman (MBS) says he’d fear for his life if he recognized Israel like UAE and Bahrain, according to American-Israeli millionaire, Haim Saban, reported Israel-based media house, Haaretz on Thursday.
Saban quoted MBS as saying that, if Saudi Arabia took a step forward to recognize Israel, “then Iran, Qatar, and even Saudi citizens can kill me.”
Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban said President Trump played a minor role in securing the Abraham Accords, while most of the credit should go to Jared Kushnerhttps://t.co/8hVmRKddBE
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) October 24, 2020
Saban added that MBS was against recognizing Israel and wanted to implement the Arab-Israel peace plan agreed in 2002 in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
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Moreover, the recognition of Israel by Saudi Arabia would jeopardize the role of the Saudi royal family in the administration of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, Saban quoted MBS as saying. Recognition of Israel by Saudi Arabia would activate Turkey and Iran who would challenge the custodianship of the Saudi Royal family of the Two Holy Mosques.
On 13th August 2020, UAE and Israel signed a US-brokered agreement that has come to be known as the ‘Abraham Accord’, implying that the three parties represented the three Abrahamian religions Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
The announcement released following a joint call between President Trump, the Emirati crown prince, and the Israeli prime minister – describes the agreement as a step toward the creation of a new “Strategic Agenda for the Middle East to expand diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation”.
Bahrain followed UAE in recognizing Israel. Also, Sudan and Israel agreed on Friday to normalize relations, in a US-brokered deal to end decades of hostility that was widely welcomed but stirred Palestinian anger.
Israeli-American billionaire Saban relates Saudi crown prince's comments at a Biden/Harris campaign event, praises Jared Kushner for work on Israeli accords with Bahrain, UAEhttps://t.co/LQ5mcl4L2a
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) October 23, 2020
The announcement makes Sudan, technically at war with Israel since its 1948 foundation, the fifth Arab country to forge diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.
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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whose country in 1979 became the first Arab state to make peace with Israel before Jordan also signed a peace treaty in 1994, swiftly hailed the agreement.
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