A distinguished Saudi prince harshly criticised Israel on Sunday at a Bahrain safety summit that was remotely attended by Israel’s Foreign Minister, displaying the challenges any additional offers between Arab States and Israel face within the absence of an impartial Palestinian state.
The fiery remarks by Prince Turki al-Faisal at the Manama Dialogue appeared to catch Israel’s Foreign Minister off guard, significantly as Israelis obtain heat welcomes in Bahrain and the UAE following agreements to normalise ties.
Left unresolved by these offers, nonetheless, is the decades-long battle between Israel and the Palestinians. The Palestinians view these pacts as a stab within the again from their fellow Arabs and a betrayal of their trigger.
Prince Turki opened his remarks by contrasting what he described as Israel’s notion of being “peace-loving upholders of high moral principles” versus what he described as a far-darker Palestinian actuality of dwelling underneath a “Western colonizing” energy.
Israel has “incarcerated (Palestinians) in concentration camps under the flimsiest of security accusations — young and old, women and men, who are rotting there without recourse to justice,” Prince Turki stated. “They are demolishing homes as they wish and they assassinate whomever they want.”
The prince additionally criticised Israel’s undeclared arsenal of nuclear weapons and Israeli governments “unleashing their political minions and their media outlets from other countries to denigrate and demonise Saudi Arabia.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, who spoke after Prince Turki, said- “I would like to express my regret on the comments of the Saudi representative.”
“I don’t believe that they reflect the spirit and the changes taking place in the Middle East,” he stated.