Saudi Arabia’s crown prince stunned leaders throughout the Middle East and the world Monday, affirming Israel’s right to exist and slamming the Obama administration’s failed Iranian nuclear agreement.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman suddenly broke with other Arab leaders in supporting the rights of the Jewish State, telling the Atlantic that Israelis have “a right to have their own land.”
The affirmation is seen as a key milestone in President Trump’s push for peace in the region; raising new hopes that Saudi Arabia may soon propose formal diplomatic relations with Jerusalem.
“I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation,” he said. “I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land.”
The Prince then set his sights on Iran’s Supreme Leader, saying the ruler was “trying to conquer the world.”
“Hitler didn’t do what the supreme leader [of Iran] is trying to do,” the crown prince told The Atlantic. “Hitler tried to conquer Europe. This is bad. But the supreme leader is trying to conquer the world.”
“President Obama believed that if he gave Iran opportunities to open up, it would change,” he added. “But with a regime based on this ideology, it will not open up soon.”