Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly lashed-out at Palestinian leadership earlier this year; slamming the politicians for years of inactivity and calling on them to negotiate with their Israeli counterparts or simply “shut up.”
According to Fox News, The heir to the Saudi thrown allegedly made the comments during a meeting with Jewish organizations in New York last March, urging Palestinian leaders to come together and make a deal or “stop complaining.”
“In the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given,” said Salman.
“It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining,” he added.
The Crown Prince is no stranger to controversy when it comes to Israel, raising eyebrows throughout the Middle East earlier this year when he said the Jewish State “has the right to exist.”
MIDEAST BREAKTHROUGH? Saudi Arabia BACKS ISRAEL, Slams Obama Nuke Deal
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.”
TRUMP’S PEACE PUSH: Middle East Leaders Meet at the WHITE HOUSE to Discuss Peace Plan
Israeli officials held high-level meetings with their counterparts from Europe, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates Tuesday; mapping out a framework for possible peace negotiations regarding Gaza and the West Bank.
The summit -hosted by the President’s son-in-law Jared Kushner- was held at the White House this week; making history during an “unprecedented moment” to clear a pathway for dialogue between Israeli and Arab politicians.
According to the Jerusalem Post, this is the first time Israeli officials held “publicly recognized” meetings with leaders from those states. Also in attendance were representatives from Canada, Europe, Egypt, and Jordan.
Members of the Palestinian Authority were not present.
“We regret that the Palestinian Authority is not here with us today,” said a US representative at the conference. “This is not about politics. This is about the health, safety and happiness of the people of Gaza, and of all Palestinians, Israelis and Egyptians.”
“As you know, we are here today to consider ideas on how to address the humanitarian challenges in Gaza – a topic that has long been at the forefront of all of our minds,” he added. “It has certainly been on mine.”