Normalisation with Saudis does not appear imminent
Says Israeli deputy
Mon Jul 31, 2023 12:00 AM Last update on: Mon Jul 31, 2023 12:51 AM
A top Israeli lawmaker said yesterday that any forging of relations with Saudi Arabia did not appear imminent, citing what he described as sticking points in negotiations currently being held between Riyadh and US mediators.
US President Joe Biden, having dispatched his national security adviser to Saudi Arabia to discuss a possible normalisation deal with Israel that he deems a policy priority, said on Friday that “there’s a rapprochement maybe under way”.
The idea has been under discussion since the Saudis gave their quiet assent to Gulf neighbours United Arab Emirates and Bahrain establishing ties with Israel in 2020.
But Riyadh has not followed suit, saying Palestinian demands must first be met.
“I think it’s too early to talk about a deal being in the works,” Yuli Edelstein, head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee and a senior member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, told Israel’s Army Radio.