19 April 2023

Israel’s foreign minister indicated that a visit to Saudi Arabia “is on the table, there is no date yet”, and went on to contend: “The enemy of Saudi Arabia is certainly not Israel. Its enemy is Iran”. Relatedly, Prime Minister Netanyahu, discussing the March 2023 Saudi-Iranian agreement on restoring diplomatic relations and cautioning that “those who partner with Iran partner with misery”, posited: “I think it has probably a lot more to do with the desire to de-escalate or even eliminate the long-standing conflict in Yemen. I think that Saudi Arabia, the leadership there, has no illusions about who are their adversaries, and who are their friends”. He went on assert: “We’d like very much to have peace with Saudi Arabia... We would like to expand the circle of peace to its totality”.

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