Saudi Crown Prince: Palestinians should negotiate peace or 'shut up'

Hannah Rogers
May 1, 2018

During a closed-door meeting last month in NY with the organisations' leaders, bin Salman harshly criticised Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Channel 10 news reported on Sunday, citing an Israeli diplomatic wire and sources.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has even suggested Palestinian leadership to either accept what Trump is offering or shut their mouth. The report cited an Israeli foreign ministry cable sent by a diplomat from the Israeli consulate in NY as well three other sources - Israeli and American - who were briefed about the meeting. The Saudi royal said Palestinian leaders should either accept peace proposals offered by the United States or "shut up".

Axios first reported the details of the March 27 meeting.

He also noted that the Palestinian issue was not a top priority for the Saudi government or Saudi public opinion, saying that Saudi Arabia "has much more urgent and important issues to deal with", such as confronting Iran's belligerent expansion in the Middle East.

Abbas said the US wasn't an "honest broker" anymore after Trump announced he would move the embassy and it was revealed then that bin Salman had pressured him to accept his peace route sheet which proposes Abu Dis, a small suburb outside Jerusalem, as the Palestinian capital instead of at least the eastern part of the city itself, a claim recognized by most countries in the worldwide community.

This news comes amid reports that the Trump administration has finished drafting a peace plan and is discussing how and when to launch it.

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However, the Palestinian leadership has boycotted the White House since Trump's announcement in December.

The U.S. has long-time brokered peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians with little success. "People literally fell off their chairs", the source said.

Earlier, the USA official had held talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

King Salman bin Abdul Aziz inaugurated the development on Sunday, April 29, in a ceremony also attended by his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He added: "I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land".

Like all Arab states except Egypt and Jordan, Saudi Arabia does not maintain formal relations with Israel.

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