Gaza, ALRAY - A high-ranking Saudi official praised Israel’s chief negotiator in a rare instance of Israeli and Saudi officials interacting in the international spotlight, Israeli media reported.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Prince Turki bin Faisal al-Saud, former director of Saudi intelligence and a former ambassador to the US, told Livni warmly that he understood “why you are the negotiator for Israel.”
‘Times of Israel’ website reported that “The prince’s comments came after Livni remarked to her Palestinian counterpart that security arrangements in the occupied West Bank must ensure that ‘the West Bank not become a copy of Gaza.’”
The Israeli occupation and Saudi Arabia do not have formal relations, but both are staunch allies of the US . In recent years, numerous media reports surfaced alleging back-channel communications them.
It’s noteworthy that Saudi Arabia also strongly supports military-backed Egyptian rule under which Gaza population has been suffering inability to naturally travel via the Palestinian-Egyptian Rafah border.
Gulf Arab states have showered Egypt with billions of dollars since the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July.
Saudi Arabia would likely give Egypt up to $4 billion in additional aid in the form of central bank deposits and petroleum products, state-run Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram reported on Thursday, January 30.