Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Predicts Historic Peace with Saudi Arabia at UN General Assembly
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sees Potential for Peace with Saudi Arabia
During his speech at the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed optimism about the possibility of reviving diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia. He highlighted the recent agreements with three other Arab countries in 2020, which have paved the way for a new era of peace. Netanyahu believes that a historic peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia could significantly contribute to ending the Arab-Israeli conflict and encourage other Arab nations to normalize relations with Israel.
Rejection of Palestinian President’s Remarks
In his speech, Netanyahu strongly disagreed with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who stated that peace in the Middle East is impossible without a Palestinian state. The United States, under President Joe Biden’s administration, is currently leading the talks between Israel and Saudi Arabia, with both sides moving closer to each other according to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Israel’s Relations with Arab Nations
In a significant development, Israel established official relations with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco in 2020. These agreements marked Israel’s first normalization with Arab nations in decades, following previous peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan.
Netanyahu’s Stance on Iran
In his speech, Netanyahu also addressed the Iranian nuclear threat. He made it clear that Israel would take all necessary measures to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, even hinting at the possibility of a nuclear response. While Israel’s nuclear program is widely known but not officially declared, Tehran denies pursuing nuclear weapons but has violated uranium enrichment restrictions outlined in the 2015 agreement, which the United States withdrew from and reimposed sanctions.