Saudi News Site Surprisingly Interviews Israeli Minister

In an unexpected and unusual turn of events, an Israeli government official has given an interview to a Saudi news site.

Of course it is completely unofficial, and rumors have been heard for a few years; but there are signs of a thaw where the Jewish state and the House of Saud are concerned.

The Israeli Minister of Immigrant Absorption and Jerusalem Affairs, Ze’ev Elkin, was interviewed and had the opportunity to reaffirm that contrary to the false accusations meted out by Palestinian Authority chairman, Mahmoud Abbas, Israel continues to maintain the status quo at Jerusalem’s Islamic sites.

Even though Riyadh does not formally recognize Israel which it calls “the Zionist entity,” it seems that a common enemy, Iran, has provided a platform for communications between Israeli and Saudi Arabia. Elkin says that Jerusalem has calmed and the incitement-driven terrorism is almost over in Jerusalem. He informed the Saudi news site that there is nothing abnormal to see in the capitol and that the cries of Israel violating the status quo on the Temple Mount are false. It is in actuality the Jews who are being forbidden by law from praying in their holy place.

He clearly stated that there is cooperation between the Israelis and the Arab citizens of Jerusalem, even though watching Palestinian television would give the impression that they are living in a different country altogether.

The Israeli Minister spoke about Iran and the geopolitical implications of that country trying to take over the Middle East using its allies in Lebanon, Yemen and the Palestinian territories. He spoke of the Islamic extremist group ISIS and the deepening Sunni-Shi’ite chasm; pointing out that Israel is not the cause of all the trouble in the Middle East. Elkin said that whoever says that Israel is the main problem in the region is no longer convincing anybody.

According to Elkin, there is no reason why countries who share interests cannot cooperate whether they have Arab governments or if it is Israel. He feels that these geopolitical relationships can be mutually beneficial even though he agrees that it is still far too soon to entertain this openly or secretly as the case may be.

“We welcome any cooperation based on joint interests and the recognition of Israel’s right to exist as the national homeland of the Jewish people in the Holy Land,” the minister clarified.

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