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KJP: Israel-Saudi deal to take on ‘fundamental issue b/w Israeli, Palestinian’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had said at the United Nations General Assembly that Palestinians should not hot a veto over Israeli-Saudi normalization.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, speaks during a Sept. 22, 2023 press briefing. Credit: White House/YouTube.
Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, speaks during a Sept. 22, 2023 press briefing. Credit: White House/YouTube.

In his remarks at the United Nations General Assembly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu predicted normalization between the Jewish State and Saudi Arabia and said that although such a peace would benefit the Palestinians too, the latter should not have a veto.

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, was asked about those remarks during a press briefing on Friday. She appeared to disagree with Netanyahu.

“Look, a normalization agreement between Israel and Saudi Arabia will include a serious component dealing with the fundamental issue between Israeli and Palestinian.  This is to your question,” she said. 

“But I certainly don’t want to get ahead of a process,” she added. “There’s a lot of legwork to be done. And don’t have a formal framework. And so, we’re going to work through it.”

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