Saudi Arabia’s future king, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, apparently sees the Palestinian leadership as the primary obstacle to peace in the Holy Land.
That according to an Israel Channel 10 News report on the prince’s meeting with Jewish leaders in New York last month.
According to remarks attributed to the Saudi leader, he mercilessly criticized the Palestinian Authority for failing to make peace with Israel over the 40 years of the current peace process.
“For the past 40 years, the Palestinian leadership has missed opportunities again and again, and rejected all the offers it was given,” bin Salman reportedly said. “It’s about time that the Palestinians accept the offers, and agree to come to the negotiating table — or they should shut up and stop complaining.”
The prince’s remarks partially echoed the famous quote by legendary former Israeli diplomat Abba Eben that the Palestinians “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”
The report is also further evidence that the mainstream Arab world is losing its patience with the Palestinian leadership and certainly no longer views the “Palestinian cause” as central to the wider Arab agenda.