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Blinken unsure if Netanyahu will accept deal with Saudi Arabia to normalize ties

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken admitted yesterday that he is not sure if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is willing to compromise to reach an agreement to normalize relations with Saudi Arabia. “I can't tell you whether Israel, whether it's the prime minister or the country as a whole, is ready right now for what would be necessary to bring about a normalization” of relations with the Sunni kingdom, said Mr. Blinken was asked about it during a congressional hearing. “Because of this it will be required to end (the war in) the Gaza Strip. And that requires a credible path to (establishing) a Palestinian state. Are they able and willing to do so at this time? I don't know,” he said. Mr Blinken's statement comes as Washington says talks between the US and Saudi Arabia on a bilateral security deal are progressing: they are now within “contact” distance of […]
Source: News Beast

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