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Netanyahu calls on US to reinforce Saudi commitment

"The alliance between America’s allies and with America is the anchor of stability in our region,” said the prime minister-designate.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presents a trove of Iranian documents on Tehran's nuclear program at a press conference in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presents a trove of Iranian documents on Tehran's nuclear program at a press conference in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

To achieve a “quantum leap” towards ending the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking in an interview with the Duai-based Al Arabiya English on Thursday. said the United States should reaffirm its traditional commitment to Saudi Arabia.

He also promised to pursue formal Israeli ties with Riyadh.

According to Netanyahu, the protests in Iran have prompted a change in views in the United States of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“I think there is a re-thinking in Washington. From the initial contacts that we have [had with the Biden administration], I think there’s a re-thinking of that. And I’m glad there is,” he said.

Reviving the 2015 agreement has been a priority for President Joe Biden.

“I can also say that I think one of my main goals would be to speak with my friend of 40 years, President Biden. And I’m going to tell him that I think that there is a need for a reaffirmation of America’s commitment to its traditional allies in the Middle East,” said Netanyahu.

“But I think that the alliance, the traditional alliance with Saudi Arabia and other countries, has to be reaffirmed. There should not be periodic swings, or even wild swings in this relationship, because I think that the alliance between America’s allies and with America is the anchor of stability in our region,” he explained.

“I think it requires periodic reaffirmation and I’m [going] to speak to President Biden about it,” he said.

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