THE NEW ISRAELI ILLUSION: PEACE WITH THE ARAB WORLD, WITHOUT THE PALESTINIANS

 By Yuval Benziman

 
In recent weeks, Saudi officials made statements that were interpreted in Israel as a change of attitude in Saudi Arabia toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. According to Channel 10, the Saudi crown prince told Jewish leaders in the United States that “the time has come for the Palestinians to accept the proposals and agree to come to the negotiation table or shut up and stop complaining.”
 
In addition, he was quoted as saying that “there are much more urgent and far more important issues to deal with – like Iran.” This statement follows a previous interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, in which he was quoted as saying, “The Jewish people have a right to a state, alongside the right of the Palestinians to a state.”