Thomas Friedman, an American columnist for The New York Times, said that any talk about Saudi-Israeli rapprochement is stupid, pointing out that Saudi Arabia is not willing to have any kind of relationship with Israel, without returning to the Arab initiative launched by Saudi Arabia in 2002.
Speaking during a panel discussion at the annual Saban Forum 17 in Washing on Sunday, Friedman said that promoting a lie of a secret meeting or covert cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel is totally untrue and “bloody stupid”.
He said that he doesn’t think the Saudi government is naive to presents evidence condemning it in the region, adding that the government adheres to King Abdullah’s initiative proposed in the Arab League.
After meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Friedman said that he concluded that the Prince is a powerful figure who aspires to change a lot in his country for the better.
[Source: Ashraq al-Awsat]