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Netanyahu: 'Arab countries view Israel as an ally, not enemy'

Aug. 28, 2018 4:48 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 3, 2018 4:24 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that there is a path to achieving peace with the Palestinians could be through the "normalization" of relations between Israel and other Arab countries.

Netanyahu spoke during an interview with Lithuania's LRT public radio station, that "many Arab countries now see Israel not as their enemy but as their indispensable ally."

He added that "this has created normalization which can lead to peace."

"I believe that if we have peace with the broader Arab world, it will help us get to peace with the Palestinians," Netanyahu explained.

Israel has peace treaties with only two Arab countries; Egypt and Jordan, while others insist on a peace agreement with the Palestinians as they believe that it creates formal relations.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabian King Salman reaffirmed his support for the Palestinian cause after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's remarks regarding "Israel's right to exist."

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted at the possibility of cooperation with Israel in the future saying that "the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland. I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation. I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land."

However, in keeping with the terms of his kingdom's regional peace proposal, he stressed "but we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations."

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