Saudi Arabia’s crown prince stunned leaders throughout the Middle East and the world Monday, affirming Israel’s right to exist and slamming the Obama administration’s failed Iranian nuclear agreement.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman suddenly broke with other Arab leaders in supporting the rights of the Jewish State, telling the Atlantic that Israelis have “a right to have their own land.”
The affirmation is seen as a key milestone in President Trump’s push for peace in the region; raising new hopes that Saudi Arabia may soon propose formal diplomatic relations with Jerusalem.
“I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation,” he said. “I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.”
The Prince then set his sights on Iran’s Supreme Leader, saying the ruler was “trying to conquer the world.”
“Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader [of Iran] is trying to do,” the crown prince told The Atlantic. “Hitler tried to conquer Europe. This is bad. But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world.”
“President Obama believed that if he gave Iran opportunities to open up, it would change,” he added. “But with a regime based on this ideology, it will not open up soon.”
PROMISE KEPT: Trump Recognizes JERUSALEM as Israeli Capital
President Donald Trump made history and fundamentally changed American foreign policy in the Middle East on Wednesday, officially recognizing Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel,” and announcing his decision to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
“After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” said the President.
“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous Presidents have made this a campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today I am delivering,” he added.
“I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interest of the United States of America, and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement,” said Trump. “Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital.”
Watch the President’s historic remarks above.
ISRAEL ON EDGE: Thousands of Palestinians PROTEST, Multiple Fatalities Reported
Hundreds of injuries and multiple fatalities are reported after thousands of Palestinians launched a massive protest against Israeli forces Friday; attacking a border fence in the Hamas-controlled territory of Gaza.
According to the Times of Israel, at least seven people were killed in the clashes ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, with Israeli Defense Forces estimating over 20,000 demonstrators launched what they described as a “March of Return.”
In response to violent riots along the security fence in the Gaza Strip, GOC of the Southern Command, Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir said: "We're identifying attempts to carry out terror attacks under the disguise of riots. We urge Gazans to stay away & warn the Hamas terror organization."
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) March 30, 2018
“The army said organizers of the protests were deliberately trying to place civilians in harm’s way, and cited an incident in which it said a seven-year-old girl was sent to the security fence in an apparent cynical attempt to draw Israeli fire,” writes the Times.
The demonstrations are the largest protests seen in the region since President Trump officially declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel; sparking protests throughout Palestinian territory as well as other major cities in the Middle East.