Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud told the Time magazine during an interview, which was released on April 5, that Saudi Arabia is ready to establish “good and normal” relations with Israel, once the Palestinian issue is solved.
“We cannot have relations with Israel before solving the peace issue with the Palestinians … when it happens, of course next day we’ll have good and normal relations with Israel and it will be in the best for everyone,” Bin Salman said.
Bin Salman added that Saudi Arabia and Israel share “a common enemy” in a direct hint to Iran. The Saudi crown didn’t also rule out an economic cooperation with Israel after establishing normal relations.
“We have a common enemy, and it seems that we have a lot of potential areas to have economic cooperation,” the crown prince said.
The Saudi Crown Prince recognized Israel’s right to exist during a previous interview with the Atlantic. Back then, Bin Salman also said that there is “a lot of interest” between Israel and member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel officially, but many recent reports show that the two countries are cooperating in the security field, mainly to counter Iran’s influence in the Middle East. The recent statements by Bin Salman prove that Saudi Arabia is now even ready to take its cooperation with Israel to the next level.