Saudi king: Palestinians have right to East Jerusalem as capital

Pauline Gross
December 14, 2017

It is no coincedence that His Majesty King Abdullah paid a visit to Riyadh for talks with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman on the eve of the extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Wednesday.

"The Americans are forming a peace plan, but they're not telling us what it includes", Katz said.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz praised the kingdom, stressing their "leadership" credentials as the ideal prerequisite for such a task.

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Saudi Arabia and Israel do not have formal diplomatic relations, and Riyadh has traditionally supported Palestine and tried to sponsor Palestinian unity. He claimed that Israel was concerned by Iran asserting power along Israel's northern borders with Syria and Lebanon via proxy militias such as Hezbollah. "We know very well what Iran is doing and what its intentions are", he stressed.

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He urged the Arab world to unite against the "mutual Iranian threat" and suggested that should Israel go to war with Lebanon to curb Hizballah's influence, Israel would take its neighbour back to the "Stone Age". Hariri later withdrew from the resignation, prompting speculation that the entire incident was orchestrated by Saudis to weaken Iran in Lebanon.

But Israel's relationship with other Muslim nations has recently taken a blow.

The king's remarks came at the opening of the annual Consultative Council meeting in Riyadh, as the world's main pan-Islamic body held an emergency summit in Istanbul in response to the Trump administration's recognition last week of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and its declaration of intent to move the United States embassy there from Tel Aviv. Abbas also called for the recognition of the Palestinian state in the West Bank with East Jerusalem as its capital.

His Majesty King Abdullah's address in the morning session of the summit also categorised Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as unsafe and provocative not only to Muslims but to Christians as well. Speaking to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Erdogan said that Trump's "Zionist mentality" had made it "out of the question" for Washington to mediate.

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