Saudi foreign minister: “Israel must accept that it cannot exist without a Palestinian state”

“Israel doesn’t get to decide whether or not the Palestinians have a right to self-determination. It is absolutely necessary that Israel accepts that it cannot exist without the existence of a Palestinian state,” Prince Faisal asserted.

In a statement advocating for Palestinian self-determination, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud emphasized that Israel must acknowledge the necessity of a Palestinian state for its own existence. The remarks were made following a high-level meeting with Arab and European counterparts in Belgium.

“Israel doesn’t get to decide whether or not the Palestinians have a right to self-determination. It is absolutely necessary that Israel accepts that it cannot exist without the existence of a Palestinian state,” Prince Faisal asserted.

This declaration comes amid ongoing efforts to revive peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine, which have been stalled for years. Prince Faisal’s comments reflect a broader sentiment among Arab nations advocating for a two-state solution as the only viable path to lasting peace in the region.

The meeting in Belgium, which brought together foreign ministers and diplomats from various Arab and European countries, aimed to address the escalating tensions and seek a collaborative approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Prince Faisal’s statement underscores the critical importance of Palestinian statehood in these discussions.

The Saudi foreign minister’s remarks were met with support from several Arab and European diplomats, who echoed the call for a renewed focus on achieving a two-state solution. They emphasized that a stable and peaceful Middle East hinges on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through negotiations and mutual recognition.

The Israeli government has yet to respond to Prince Faisal’s remarks. However, the statement adds pressure on Israel to reconsider its stance on Palestinian statehood, especially as regional and international stakeholders renew their push for peace.

The European Union has consistently supported a two-state solution and has urged both parties to resume direct negotiations. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell reiterated this position during the meeting, calling for immediate steps to halt any actions that undermine the prospects for peace, including settlement expansion and violence against civilians.

As the international community looks for ways to reinvigorate the peace process, Prince Faisal’s unequivocal message underscores the urgent need for a resolution that recognizes the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.