Differences emerge in Saudi royal family over relations with Israel

London: United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, the Arab allies of Saudi Arabia, have established cooperation with Israel. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also is ready to establish cooperation with Israel. But Prince Turki Al-Faisal, cousin of the Crown Prince and a senior member of the Saudi royal family, has wholly opposed this cooperation. A leading British newspaper carried the report regarding these differences in the Saudi royal family.   

Four Arab countries have established cooperation with Israel in the last two months, and the United States had announced that Saudi Arabia and the other countries would join this cooperation in the times to come. Reports had also been published that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, secretly visited the city of Neom to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Whereas, the media in the Gulf had reported that the Saudi Crown Prince was ready for cooperation with Israel. But the Saudi royal family dismissed the claims.   

After that, Prince Turki Al-Faisal, former chief of the Saudi secret agency, while speaking at a function organised in Qatar, had called the Israeli Prime Minister a liar. Prince Turki said that Israel is a colonial country and claimed that cooperation could not be established with this country acquiring Palestinian land. The British newspaper had quoted this to infer that there are differences in the Saudi royal family.   

Meanwhile, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi Ambassador to the United States, had criticised Palestine. Prince Bandar had lashed out that Palestinians, who are taking aid from Saudi and the Arab countries, are currently praising Iran and Turkey. The British newspaper pointed out that this also shows that differences exist in the Saudi royal family. 

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