Saudi Arabiaâs crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman reportedly told a collection of Jewish leaders that Palestinian leadership has no choice but to accept Donald Trumpâs âpeaceâ proposal, according to Israeli media.
According to Ma’an News Agency, the meeting reportedly took place behind closed doors in New York, last month, where Mohammed bin Salman disapproved of the leadership of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Bin Salman allegedly said: âIn the last several decades the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given.â
âIt is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the table or shut up and stop complaining.â
Those present at the meeting were reportedly âstaggeredâ by the remarks, and criticism of Palestinians.
âThere needs to be significant progress toward an agreement with the Palestinians before it will be possible to advance negotiations between Saudi Arabia and the Arab world and Israel.
âThe Palestinian issue is not at the top of the Saudi governmentâs agendaâŠThere are much more urgent and more important issues to deal with â such as Iran,” he said.
It is reported that Bin Salman and Trumpâs son-in-law, Jared Kushner — who has been appointed to the administrationâs team that will oversee the possible brokerage of negotiations between Israel and Palestine — are on friendly terms.
The Saudi crown prince has reportedly pressured Mahmoud Abbas to accept the U.S.â framework of a possible peace deal between Israel and Palestine.
The Palestinian Authority has maintained its position of boycotting the White House since last December. In the aftermath, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that the U.S. was no longer an âhonest brokerâ in the peace talks between the two nations, following Trumpâs announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, as well as the relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)