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Saudi Arabia: Normalized Ties With Israel Come Only With Palestinian State

Nicholas Heras

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Analyst Nicholas Heras of the Washington-based New Lines Institute said, “The Saudi price [for recognition] has risen.”

The question is: Will Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayhu accept the establishment of a Palestinian state?

Heras said that Saudi youth make up a big part of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s constituency, and that youth have been strong supporters of the Palestinian cause.

“It’s very clear now that there’s incredible frustration in the Gulf, including among the Emiratis, Bahrainis and others, with Netanyahu himself,” Heras said. “They had cut a deal. The Abraham Accords is an example of taking a risk on Netanyahu, and they are now feeling the chance they took may have been the wrong one.”

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