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News and updates about Israeli-Saudi relations

US National Security Adviser:

'Ceasefire deal could lead to Saudi normalization'

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan says Biden is of the opinion that Hamas cannot remain in power in Gaza following the war.

'Ceasefire deal could lead to Saudi normalization'

Report:

US, Saudi Arabia closing in on mutual defense deal

US and Saudi officials told WSJ that the deal is close to being finalized, but US approval may depend on it being tied to Israel-Saudi normalization, for which Saudis demand Israeli commitment to a Palestinian state.

US, Saudi Arabia closing in on mutual defense deal

US official:

'Deal between US and Saudi Arabia is pretty much there'

Senior US official says the US and Saudi Arabia have a “near final set” of bilateral agreements in place, but a broader deal with Israel is not close yet.

'Deal between US and Saudi Arabia is pretty much there'

Sullivan updates Netanyahu on Saudi normalization efforts

White House says that US National Security Advisor, who met with Netanyahu in Jerusalem, "reiterated the President’s longstanding position on Rafah.”

Sullivan updates Netanyahu on Saudi normalization efforts

US national security adviser:

'Saudi defense pact not possible without Israel deal'

National security adviser Jake Sullivan says defense agreement with Saudi Arabia goes hand-in-hand with the kingdom and Israel normalizing ties: You can’t disentangle one piece from the others.

'Saudi defense pact not possible without Israel deal'

State Department:

'We're close to agreement on security pact with Saudis'

US officials say Biden administration and Saudi Arabia are finalizing agreement for US security guarantees which would be part of broader agreement which includes Israeli-Saudi normalization.

'We're close to agreement on security pact with Saudis'

Khamenei:

'Efforts for Israel-Saudi normalization will not succeed'

Iran's Supreme Leader: Some people think that by forcing neighboring countries to normalize their ties with Israel the problem will be solved. They are wrong.

'Efforts for Israel-Saudi normalization will not succeed'

Blinken:

'Saudi-Israel normalization before Gaza ceasefire is possible'

Secretary of State says it could be possible to roll out a framework for the normalization of relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia along with a two-state solution proposal before a Gaza ceasefire is in place.

'Saudi-Israel normalization before Gaza ceasefire is possible'

In push for mega deal:

Biden adviser to visit Saudi Arabia, meet MBS

Report: White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan will travel to Saudi Arabia, meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about a potential mega-deal that would include Saudi normalization with Israel.

Biden adviser to visit Saudi Arabia, meet MBS

Blinken:

'Good progress on Israel-Saudi normalization'

US Secretary of State says the United States and Saudi Arabia have made "good progress" in talks on normalizing ties between the kingdom and Israel.

'Good progress on Israel-Saudi normalization'

Saudi King:

'Stop crimes against our brothers in Palestine'

Saudi King denounces “heinous crimes” in the Gaza Strip in statement ahead of Ramadan.

'Stop crimes against our brothers in Palestine'

Saudi Arabia denies its minister met Barkat

Saudi Arabia denies a meeting took place between its commerce minister and Economy Minister Nir Barkat, even though a viral video showed their interaction.

Saudi Arabia denies its minister met Barkat

Saudi Foreign Minister:

'Recognition of a Palestinian state not enough'

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan says normalization with Israel requires both an end to the fighting in the Gaza Strip as well as the establishment of a Palestinian state.

'Recognition of a Palestinian state not enough'

Blinken:

'An extraordinary opportunity for normalization'

US Secretary of State: Virtually every Arab country now genuinely wants to integrate Israel into the region to normalize relations.

'An extraordinary opportunity for normalization'

Blinken:

'Pathway to Palestinian state needed for Saudi ties'

Secretary of State says Saudi Arabia is still willing to normalize ties with Israel, but is demanding that a path be found for the establishment of a Palestinian state.

'Pathway to Palestinian state needed for Saudi ties'

Saudi Arabia clarifies:

'No normalization without Palestinian state'

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry clarifies its position after White House says that Saudi Arabia and Israel are willing to continue to have normalization discussions.

'No normalization without Palestinian state'

Report:

Saudis could make concessions on Palestinian state

Saudi officials reportedly told US counterparts they would not insist that Israel take concrete steps to create a Palestinian state as part of normalization pact.

Saudis could make concessions on Palestinian state

Report:

US laying the groundwork for post-Netanyahu era

NBC News reports: Biden administration working with other Israeli leaders after Netanyahu rejected plan for Arab countries to rebuild Gaza, which includes normalization with Saudis in exchange for a Palestinian state.

US laying the groundwork for post-Netanyahu era

Saudi Foreign Minister:

'Palestinian state required for normalization'

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister says the kingdom could recognize Israel if a comprehensive agreement were reached that included statehood for Palestinian Arabs.

'Palestinian state required for normalization'

Saudi diplomat:

'We're still interested in normalization after war'

Saudi ambassador to the UK says a deal to normalize kingdom's relations with Israel was close, but put on hold after October 7, normalization cannot come at expense of Palestinian Arabs.

'We're still interested in normalization after war'

Blinken:

'Saudi Arabia has clear interest in normalization'

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discusses Saudi-Israel normalization during meeting with Saudi Crown Prince.

'Saudi Arabia has clear interest in normalization'

Sen. Graham praises Biden's efforts for Israel-Saudi ties

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says October 7 should be used as a catalyst to normalize ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Graham praises Biden's efforts for Israel-Saudi ties

Israel is Saudi Arabia’s first and last line of defense

Israel is valuable to Saudi Arabia and the Emirates as a secure land/air military bridge to Saudi Arabia. Look at the neighbors. Op-ed.

Israel is Saudi Arabia’s first and last line of defense

White House:

'Saudi Arabia still interested in normalization with Israel'

White House spokesperson: Saudis interested in normalization with Israel, but all sides are currently focused on the situation in Gaza.

'Saudi Arabia still interested in normalization with Israel'

Saudi Foreign Minister:

'Normalization deal with Israel still a possibility'

Saudi Foreign Minister says talks on normalization will resume immediately after the conclusion of the war in Gaza.

'Normalization deal with Israel still a possibility'

Sources:

Saudi Arabia puts talks with Israel on hold amid war

Saudi Arabia is putting US-backed plans to normalize ties with Israel on ice, according to two sources who spoke to Reuters.

Saudi Arabia puts talks with Israel on hold amid war

Islamic Jihad leader:

'Those who normalize with Israel say Palestine isn't ours'

Head of Islamic Jihad terrorist organization denounces Arab attempts to normalize relations with Israel.

'Those who normalize with Israel say Palestine isn't ours'

Report:

Environmental Protection Minister planning Saudi Arabia visit

Minister Idit Silman plans to visit Saudi Arabia next week, becoming the latest Israeli minister to do so.

Environmental Protection Minister planning Saudi Arabia visit

Benny Gantz meets US National Security Advisor Sullivan

The meeting's goal was reportedly to update Gantz on the components of the normalization agreement with Saudi Arabia.

Benny Gantz meets US National Security Advisor Sullivan

Report:

Senior Biden advisers quietly visited Saudi Arabia

Axios report: Senior Biden advisers visited Saudi Arabia last week to continue talks on potential normalization deal.

Senior Biden advisers quietly visited Saudi Arabia

Senators to Biden:

'No to defense treaty with Saudi Arabia as part of Israel deal'

20 senators from Democratic Party write to Biden, call for Israel-Saudi deal to preserve "two-state solution".

'No to defense treaty with Saudi Arabia as part of Israel deal'

Minister Karhi to INN:

'We're making history here in Saudi Arabia'

The Israeli Communications Minister who is visiting Riyadh recounts the warm treatment he received from the Saudis.

'We're making history here in Saudi Arabia'

Jason Greenblatt:

Deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia on promising path

Trump's Special Representative for International Negotiations describes the changes that Saudi Arabia has undergone in recent years.

Deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia on promising path

State Department:

'There is still work to be done on Israeli-Saudi deal'

Deputy State Department spokesperson: Many key elements of normalization are on the table, but we don’t have a formal framework yet.

'There is still work to be done on Israeli-Saudi deal'

Iranian President:

'Normalization with Israel is reactionary and regressive'

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi denounces attempts to normalize relations with Israel: Surrendering to Israel is not on the table.

'Normalization with Israel is reactionary and regressive'

US official:

'Framework in place for Israeli-Saudi deal but nothing is final'

US National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby says compromises will be required to reach Israeli-Saudi normalization deal.

'Framework in place for Israeli-Saudi deal but nothing is final'

Sources:

'Saudi-Israeli deal will happen even without Palestinian Arabs'

Sources tell Reuters that Saudi Arabia will not hold up pact with US and Israel, even if Israel does not offer major concessions to PA.

'Saudi-Israeli deal will happen even without Palestinian Arabs'

Blinken:

'Israeli-Saudi normalization would be transformative'

Secretary of State highlights profound impact an Israeli-Saudi deal would have, but acknowledges that "achieving it is not easy".

'Israeli-Saudi normalization would be transformative'

Tourism Minister Haim Katz:

'If there's peace with Saudi Arabia, it will be a warm peace'

Tourism Minister Haim Katz speaks to i24NEWS after arriving in Riyadh for United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) conference.

'If there's peace with Saudi Arabia, it will be a warm peace'

Pompeo:

'Saudi normalization impossible if two-state solution required'

Former Secretary of State says a Palestinian state might block a possible Saudi Arabia-Israel peace deal.

'Saudi normalization impossible if two-state solution required'

Historic visit:

Minister Haim Katz lands in Saudi Arabia

Minister of Tourism becomes the first to head an official Israeli delegation to Saudi Arabia.

Minister Haim Katz lands in Saudi Arabia

Hadash Party opposes normalization with Saudi Arabia

MK Ayman Odeh's party says normalization with Saudi Arabia will provide a lifeline to the Netanyahu government.

Hadash Party opposes normalization with Saudi Arabia

Saudi envoy to PA:

'We're working towards Palestinian state'

Saudi envoy to PA visits Ramallah for the first time amid Israeli-Saudi normalization talks.

'We're working towards Palestinian state'

Amid normalization talks:

Saudi delegation to visit PA chairman in Ramallah

Saudi delegation, led by Saudi envoy to PA, to visit PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah this week.

Saudi delegation to visit PA chairman in Ramallah

Thomas Friedman:

'Biden told Netanyahu to choose between his coalition and peace'

New York Times columnist says Biden put on a "master class" in forcing PM to choose between his coalition and a peace deal with the Saudis.

'Biden told Netanyahu to choose between his coalition and peace'

Iranian President:

'Israeli-Saudi normalization efforts will see no success'

President Raisi says efforts to normalize Israeli relations with Gulf Arab states are meaningless and simply a result of American pressure.

'Israeli-Saudi normalization efforts will see no success'

Netanyahu departs for Israel:

'This time the UN speech was broadcast in Saudi Arabia'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes off from New York after his visit to the US: I think there are many achievements in this visit.

'This time the UN speech was broadcast in Saudi Arabia'

Sa'ar:

'There are disturbing things in the proposed Saudi deal'

MK Gideon Sa'ar says Saudi demand to enrich uranium on its soil as part of an agreement with Israel is concerning.

'There are disturbing things in the proposed Saudi deal'

Saudi Foreign Minister:

'Regional stability rests on a Palestinian state'

Saudi Foreign Minister speaks at UN General Assembly, does not mention Israel or the normalization efforts between the countries.

'Regional stability rests on a Palestinian state'

Poll:

Israelis favor Saudi deal, even at a cost of concessions to PA

Most respondents believe Lapid and Gantz should not join the government if Ben Gvir and Smotrich leave.

Israelis favor Saudi deal, even at a cost of concessions to PA

Ben Gvir's associates:

'Otzma Yehudit will not allow peace for territorial concessions'

Sources close to National Security Minister says Otzma Yehudit will not agree to territorial concessions as part of deal with Saudi Arabia.

'Otzma Yehudit will not allow peace for territorial concessions'

Top nuclear experts to Biden:

'Do not allow Saudi uranium enrichment'

Nuclear and Middle East experts urge Biden not to allow Saudi Arabia to enrich uranium as part of normalization deal with Israel.

'Do not allow Saudi uranium enrichment'

Report:

Netanyahu considering agreeing to Saudi uranium enrichment

The Israeli PM may agree to the Saudi demand for a US-run uranium enrichment program in exchange for Israeli-Saudi normalization.

Netanyahu considering agreeing to Saudi uranium enrichment

Prime Minister’s Office:

'Biden-Netanyahu meeting mostly dealt with Israel-Saudi peace'

Prime Minister’s Office summarizes meeting between Netanyahu and Biden: A good and friendly private conversation.

'Biden-Netanyahu meeting mostly dealt with Israel-Saudi peace'

Henry Kissinger:

'I'm worried about the concessions to the Saudis'

Former US Sec. of State discussed negotiations between the US and Saudi Arabia, the political situation in Israel, and the Yom Kippur War.

'I'm worried about the concessions to the Saudis'

Report:

Turkey supports Israeli-Saudi normalization

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells journalists his country supports attempts to normalize ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Turkey supports Israeli-Saudi normalization

Report:

US, Saudi officials discussing defense treaty

New York Times report: Mutual defense treaty a central component in efforts to get Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel.

US, Saudi officials discussing defense treaty

Message to Israel?

Saudi FM: The two-state solution must return to the forefront

Saudi foreign minister says there will be no solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict without an independent Palestinian state.

Saudi FM: The two-state solution must return to the forefront

Israel still listed as 'Palestine' in updated Saudi map

A notable change in the new map is that the Red Sea islands of Tiran and Sanafir are officially included within the borders of Saudi Arabia.

Israel still listed as 'Palestine' in updated Saudi map

Blinken:

'Palestinian issue will be part of Saudi normalization deal'

Secretary of State: Saudis told US that solving the Palestinian Arab issue is an important part of any normalization deal with Israel.

'Palestinian issue will be part of Saudi normalization deal'