Saudi Arabia prince shakes hands with former Israeli diplomat, slams U.S. Mideast policy

( Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia reportedly met with Israeli officials at the World Policy Conference in Monaco on Sunday.

Prince Turki al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Credit: Peter A. Iseman.

According to Maariv, al-Faisal publicly shook hands with former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Itamar Rabinovich and also held a discussion with MK Meir Sheetrit. The report added that Sheetrit invited al-Faisal to speak to the Israeli Knesset. 

During his remarks at the conference, al-Faisal was critical of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Mideast policy.

“We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white,” said al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, the New York Times reported.

Despite being sworn enemies, Saudi Arabia and Israel have both expressed concern about Iran and deep skepticism of the interim Iran nuclear deal that was reached in Geneva. According to a November report in the Sunday Times, Saudi Arabia may cooperate with Israel on a strike of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

Posted on December 17, 2013 .