Israeli media: A Saudi official launches a sharp attack on Iran

An official from the Saudi royal family, who preferred to remain anonymous, criticized Iran for what he considered its “engineering of the war in Gaza” in order to undermine progress in the file of normalization of relations with Israel, according to what was reported by the “War” website.The Times of Israel“, quoted from the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation “Makan”.

The Israeli newspaper reported that the Saudi official told Makan that Iran is “a state sponsor of terrorism and should have been stopped a long time ago.”

Al-Hurra website attempted to contact the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs to comment on these statements, but it did not respond to the email until the date of publishing this report.

Commenting on the Iranian attack on Israel with hundreds of drones and missiles, most of which were intercepted, the Saudi official said that “any suspicious object” that enters Saudi airspace is intercepted.

These statements, according to the newspaper, represented “a clear indication of Riyadh’s alleged role in shooting down Iranian attack drones that were heading to Israel.”

Commenting on the Iranian attack, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Sunday, expressed its deep concern over the developments in the military escalation in the region and the seriousness of its repercussions, calling on all parties to exercise the utmost restraint and spare the region and its peoples from the dangers of war.

The Ministry affirmed the Kingdom’s position calling for the need for the Security Council to assume its responsibility towards maintaining international peace and security, especially in this region that is extremely sensitive to global peace and security, and to prevent the escalation of the crisis that will have serious consequences if it expands.

The war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip, which broke out on October 7, hampered efforts that the United States was leading to reach a normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia did not recognize Israel, and did not join the Abraham Accords signed in 2020 under American sponsorship between Israel and the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco.

A few weeks before the outbreak of war in Gaza, the Saudi Crown Prince said in an interview with the American “Fox News” network that Saudi Arabia’s normalization with Israel “is getting closer and closer every day,” while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed, from the United Nations platform, that His country is on the “threshold” of establishing relations with the Gulf Kingdom.

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