This is a giant indicator of the degree to which bin Salman has consolidated power in Saudi Arabia. It also indicates the degree to which Saudi Arabia sees Iran as a threat.
Salman said the Jewish state had the right to exist in an interview with the Atlantic, and the magazine reports that American peace negotiator Dennis Ross considers this is a first for any Arab leader. While some have recognized Israel’s existence, none have apparently said the Jewish people have a right to a peaceful nation.
“I believe that each people, anywhere, has a right to live in their peaceful nation,” Salman said. “I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace agreement to assure the stability for everyone and to have normal relations.”