Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday that its still to early to engage in “peace” initiatives with Israel.
“It’s a little early for one to assess the seriousness of the Israeli side to begin talks based on the Arab peace initiative,” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday.
Al-Jubeir continued that, “When the Israeli prime minister spoke about it, he spoke about some clauses that he considers positive, not about accepting the initiative as the basis of talks.”
The Saudi peace proposal was a suggestion from 2002 for 22 Arab countries to normalise relations with Israel in return for the complete Zionist withdrawal from the West Bank.
Tel Aviv has consistently rejected this proposal because it calls for the right of return for Palestinians who fled Israeli occupation.
Anwar Eshki, a former general in the Saudi military, said Saudi Arabia would open an embassy in Tel Aviv if Israel accepted the Saudi initiative.