Saudi Prince Comments on Palestinian Issue Made People 'Fall Off Their Chairs'
During a closed-door meeting with heads of Jewish organizations in New York, the heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia reportedly criticized the Palestinian administration for its alleged refusal to accept the peace proposals it was offered on many occasions.
Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, berated the Palestinian leadership for missing “one opportunity after the other” during the last several decades and rejecting “all the peace proposals” they were given, a Israeli Channel 10 News correspondent has reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.
“It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiating table or shut up and stop complaining,” the crown prince declared.
Mohammed bin Salman also pointed out that the Palestinian issue is not currently his country’s top priority, and that despite all this criticism a significant progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process would be required for Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to normalize relations with Israel.
One source also told the correspondent that when those in attendance heard the crown prince’s comments on the Palestinian issue, “people literally fell off their chairs.”
At least 42 Palestinians have been killed and 5,500 more injured during the past few weeks of protests, according to UN figures.
The Palestinian Liberation Organization seeks the establishment of a state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is partly controlled by Israel, and the Gaza Strip.
Tel Aviv refuses to acknowledge Palestine as an independent political and diplomatic entity, and continues to construct settlements in occupied areas, despite objections from the United Nations.