Netanyahu: Normalization agreements concluded due to Saudi approval
Israeli opposition leader Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu asserts in an interview that the normalization agreements would not have taken place without tacit Saudi approval.
Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday evening that normalization with Saudi Arabia will be the main goal during his next term.
Israeli media quoted Netanyahu's words, which came during an interview with the US media outlet CNN, as saying that "The Abraham Accords [normalization agreements] would not have taken place without tacit Saudi approval."
Last July, Israeli media relayed the appreciation of the leader of the Israeli opposition, Benjamin Netanyahu, to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, for his contribution to the completion of the four so-called "Abraham Accords"[normalization agreements].
Netanyahu said that in case he assumes leadership once again, then he intends to achieve full "peace agreements" with Saudi Arabia, as well as with other Arab states.
In November 2020, the Israeli media revealed a visit by Netanyahu and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen where they met the Saudi Crown Prince in the Saudi city of Neom, in the presence of former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
In November 2021, Israeli media quoted a source linked to senior officials in Saudi Arabia as saying that the meeting between the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was not the first, which provoked Saudi discontent, according to Israeli media outlets.
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Israeli media said at the time that "the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, agreed to publish the news of the meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in order to know how the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Arab world would react."
Earlier this year, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman said, “We do not view Israel as an enemy, but rather as a potential ally in the many interests that we can pursue together, but some issues must be resolved before we can reach that."
It is noteworthy that the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan signed normalization agreements with the occupation under US auspices in mid-September 2020.
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