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Ex-ME Envoy Greenblatt: Saudi Arabia on Path to Peace with “Israel”
By Staff, JNS
Saudi Arabia is on a path to peace with the “Israeli” entity, but it needs to be given space to move at its own pace, former White House Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt said, as reported by JNS in an exclusive interview.
“These deals are complex and take a great deal of time, but any one thing could spark the right opportunity for a deal to actually be announced and quickly consummated, as we have seen,” said Greenblatt.
Greenblatt weighed in on his experiences negotiating on behalf of the Trump administration’s efforts towards the “Israeli”-Palestinian resolution and the Abraham Accords, as well as his thoughts on the Biden administration reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA ] and its critical approach vis-à-vis the Saudis.
He noted that in its first months, the Biden administration seems to be giving too much credence to the European position, even though the European Union was a main force behind what he called the “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal.
In the interview, Greenblatt explained that the deals regarding normalization of ties between the “Israeli” entity and Arab states “are complex and take a great deal of time, but any one thing could spark the right opportunity for a deal to actually be announced and quickly consummated, as we have seen”.
He went on to say, “I think Saudi Arabia will get there, but we have to be patient and give Saudi Arabia the space it needs. Pressure from any party, including the US, will not yield a ‘peace’ deal that is worth much or long-lasting”.
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