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Riyadh - Saudi General: 'If Netanyahu Accepts The Arab Peace Initiative, We’ll Open An Embassy In Israel'

Published on: April 26, 2016 10:45 AM
By: Jerusalem Post
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FILE -  Dore Gold and Anwar Eshki shake hands at a CFR event, as Elliott Abrams looks on. (Kaveh Sardari / Council on Foreign Relations)FILE -  Dore Gold and Anwar Eshki shake hands at a CFR event, as Elliott Abrams looks on. (Kaveh Sardari / Council on Foreign Relations)

Riyadh - Anwar Eshki, a retired Major General in the Saudi army, said Monday that Saudi Arabia will open an embassy in Israel if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepts the Arab Peace Initiative.

During an interview with Al-Jazeera, Eshki was asked: “How many years do you think it will be until we see a Saudi embassy in Tel Aviv?”

Answering the question, Eshki said: “you can ask Mr. Netanyahu. If he announces that he accepts the initiative and gives all rights to Palestinians, Saudi Arabia will start to make an embassy in Tel Aviv.”

The retired general went further to declare that “we do not like Israel becoming isolated in the area.”

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One of the TV program’s anchors accused Eshki and the Saudi government of ignoring the suffering of Palestinians, arguing: “You are willing to take military action in Yemen, but you never take any kind of step to physically protect the Palestinians in Gaza when they are being bombed.”

Reacting to this allegation, Eshki said: “I told the Iranians about that: ‘you support the Palestinians by weapons, but we support them with money. When we support the Palestinians with money, we want them to live well, and you give them weapons to destroy themselves.”

Later, Eshki was asked: “how do you think Palestinians feel when they hear you refer to Benjamin Netanyahu as a strong leader and a logical leader?”

He answered: “I talked about a strong leader and logical leader because it does not mean strong against Arabs. I said he is strong in his country.”

73-year-old Eshki is the Chairman of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies and a former consultant of the Saudi prince and ambassador in the US, Bandar bin Sultan. In June, he shook hands with Israel Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold during a conference of the Council on Foreign Relations.



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 Apr 26, 2016 at 11:01 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

just like when Rabin signed the peace accords he said Arab and Jewish children will be friends. more Zionist capitulation.

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 Apr 26, 2016 at 11:44 AM HankM Says:

Guy's toast. Give him a day, he'll come round

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 Apr 26, 2016 at 12:52 PM Mendel Says:

Read the rest of the quote: "And give all rights to Palestinians... An embassy in Tel Aviv."
He knows it will never happen. It's a safe statement.

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 Apr 26, 2016 at 08:21 PM Butterfly Says:

They want all of Jerusalem. no questions asked!! Goodbye, Israel!!

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 Apr 26, 2016 at 09:01 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Make peace when you are on top or have peace imposed on you when they are on top.

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 Apr 26, 2016 at 09:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Arab politics is who hates Israel the most.

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 Apr 27, 2016 at 01:06 AM Anonymous Says:

No peace overtures can be achieved, with these Zionist. Look at there history, its just not their thing.

Get a hike!

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 Apr 27, 2016 at 03:27 PM ayoyo Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

No peace overtures can be achieved, with these Zionist. Look at there history, its just not their thing.

Get a hike!

are there 2 different people who use Anonymous as the comments are strangely different ,one sounds like an anti zionist and the other a pro israel person

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