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Saudi Arabia, «Israel» Have «Common Enemy, Economic Coop»
In an apparent reference to Iran, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Time magazine that Saudi Arabia and the "Israeli" entity have a "common enemy" and that the two countries also have many "potential areas" for bilateral economic cooperation.
"And we cannot have a relation with ‘Israel' before solving the peace issue, the Palestinians, because... they [both] have the right to live and coexist. And since that day happen, we will watch," Bin Salman stressed.
He signaled Saudi Arabia's readiness to support what he called a "peace" solution pertaining to the Palestinian-"Israeli" conflict.
"And when it happens... we'll have good and normal relations with ‘Israel' and it will be the best for everyone," MBS said.
In an interview with The Atlantic earlier this month, he said, in particular, that "the Palestinians and the ‘Israelis' have the right to have their own land" and that a bilateral "peace" agreement is needed "to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations."
Previously, "Israeli" authorities, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, admitted that despite having no diplomatic relations with Riyadh, Tel Aviv has had "contacts" with Saudi Arabia which "have been kept in general secret."
Tel Aviv refuses to acknowledge Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity, going ahead with settlement construction in occupied areas, despite UN objections.
So-called "peace" efforts began in the 1970s and culminated in a 2003 roadmap for peace proposed by the Middle East Quartet which includes the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States.
Since then a so-called "two-state solution" has been the main objective for mediators.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team
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