Pompeo Says 'Many' Saudis Want to Normalize Relations With Israel

Published March 2nd, 2021 - 08:18 GMT
Mike Pompeo
In this file photo taken on February 28, 2020, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the American Conservative Union's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland. Brace yourself for Donald Trump 2.0, America. The former president emerges from political hiding on February 28, 2021, seeking to regain control of a Republican Party that is out of power and pondering whether the flawed billionaire can win again in 2024. The keynote speech, his first extended post-presidential address, will be delivered on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and he is expected to be enthusiastically received at the nation's largest gathering of political conservatives. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
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The Israeli press was rife with speculation about other Arab nations interested in joining the pact, with powerhouse Saudi Arabia widely regarded as a top prize for the Jewish state.

Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said “many” people in Saudi Arabia want normalized relations with Israel, voicing hope the kingdom will join the Abraham Accords agreed during Donald Trump’s administration.

Pompeo, who served as Trump’s CIA director and top diplomat, made the comments in a recorded video address to the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement, which will give him its inaugural Global Leadership Award on Monday.

Under the Abraham Accords brokered by Trump last year, four majority Arab states – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan – agreed to establish ties with Israel.

The Israeli press was rife with speculation about other Arab nations interested in joining the pact, with powerhouse Saudi Arabia widely regarded as a top prize for the Jewish state.

“Predicting the future has proven a struggle for me,” Pompeo said in remarks shared with AFP, adding that he thinks “many more” countries will seek ties with Israel.

“I hope that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia can find its way to join the Abraham Accords. I know that many inside that country want that to take place,” he said.

Sources in Jerusalem have said Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in November in the Red Sea city of Neom.

The meeting, denied by Riyadh, fueled frenzied speculation in Israel that a normalization deal might be close.

Publicly the kingdom has affirmed its decades-old policy of not establishing ties with Israel until a deal is reached to resolve the Palestinian conflict.

This article has been adapted from its original source.     


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