Saudi Crown Prince Says Israel Not an Enemy
Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, said that his country does not look upon Israel as an enemy.
“We don’t look at Israel as an enemy, we look to them as a potential ally, with many interests that we can pursue together. But we have to solve some issues before we get to that,” he said in a Q&A with The Atlantic magazine. He specifically mentioned solving the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The crown prince also was asked about journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018. Specifically, he was asked whether there is an atmosphere of fear in the country after someone considered to be an enemy of the royal family was murdered.
“If that’s the way we did things, Khashoggi would not even be among the top 1,000 people on the list. If we assume for argument’s sake that we were going to go for an operation like that, it would have been professional and someone on the top of the list,” he said.