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Saudi-Israel Thaw Won’t Get Buy-In From Arab World

Hossein Naqavi HosseiniHossein Naqavi Hosseini

The Persian Gulf Arab states are not expected to join Saudi Arabia in improving ties with Israel, say lawmakers who believe the major shift in the kingdom's position is meant to serve its own interests.  
In a recent interview with the US magazine The Atlantic, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land.
"I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land," he stated, adding, "There are a lot of interests we share with Israel, and if there is peace, there would be a lot of interest between Israel and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council countries."
Saudi Arabia and Israel still have no formal diplomatic relations, but behind the scenes, improvements in their ties have accelerated in recent years. 
According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia opened its airspace for the first time to a commercial flight to Israel last month—a public sign of an apparent thaw in their relations.  
 

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