According to a US media report, there is movement in the event of a possible rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Israel. The Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) reported today, citing US government sources, that the United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed on the outlines of a deal. America has tempered expectations.
According to the WSJ, Riyadh will recognize Israel in exchange for US security guarantees and help set up a civilian nuclear program. Israel must make concessions to the Palestinians.
The New York Times had previously reported on a similar project. Since then, there has been speculation in the Arab world whether Saudi Arabia will become the next country to mend relations with Israel. The US is Israel’s security force and an important ally to Saudi Arabia. Officially, Riyadh has no ties to Israel, but the two countries have been secretly cooperating on security matters for some time.
However, the US government lowered expectations in response to media reports. “The bottom line is that there is no agreed negotiating package. “There is no agreed-upon framework for codifying normalization or other security considerations,” said John Kirby, director of communications for the National Security Council.
However, the US government remains committed to negotiations. “There is a broad consensus that we will continue to talk,” Kirby said.
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