A leading member of the Saudi royal family and the heir apparent to the throne lashed out at the Palestinian Authority recently, saying the PA has squandered multiple opportunities over the years and should accept whatever peace plan they are presented with.
According to a report by Channel 10 Sunday night, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman excoriated PA leaders during talks last month with American Jewish leaders.
As part of his speaking tour in the US, the Crown Prince met with American Jewish leaders, including representatives of the American Jewish Committee and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
During the meetings, Bin Salman reportedly vented his frustrations with the PA’s leadership, telling American Jewish leaders that the PA, and PLO before it, had missed countless opportunities over the past four decades.
"Over the past 40 years, the Palestinian leadership has again and again missed opportunities and rejected all the proposals that were given to them," Bin Salman was quoted as saying.
The Crown Prince went on to say that the PA should accept whatever proposal the Trump administration makes for a Middle East peace plan – or “stop complaining”.
"The time has come for the Palestinians to accept the proposals and agree to come to the negotiating table -- or they should shut up and stop complaining."
“There are far more urgent and far more important issues to deal with, like Iran.”
Saudi Arabia, a long-time rival of Iran, has softened its stance vis-à-vis Israel since the Obama administration’s efforts to reach out to Tehran, culminating in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – better known as the Iran nuclear deal.
Last month, Saudi Arabia permitted the first-ever flight to Israel to enter Saudi air space, the latest sign of the quiet thawing of relations between the Jewish state and the Saudi kingdom.