According to al-Okaz –a Saudi Arabian daily newspaper– the Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal was welcomed warmly by Israeli officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to become the first Saudi honorary ambassador to Israel.
“We are so delighted today to see that Arab mentality changes and the Arab states do not consider Israel as their enemy anymore. We must work diligently to expunge past’s bitter memories and help the Arab nations to develop and embrace democracy,” Tzipi Hotovely, the Israeli Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs told AFP on Thursday.
“I am indeed proud to be the first Saudi ambassador to this beautiful country. Israel is an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world and I can express my appreciation of lofty ethics which Israel’s founding fathers built this country upon,” Turkish Anadolu News Agency quoted the Saudi multi-millionaire media tycoon as saying. Today, we laid the ground for a peaceful Middle-East, added Prince bin Talal, where the next generations can live in wonderful harmony and absolute religious tolerance.
The Saudi Prince also referred to 2002 Arab League summit in Beirut and the Saudi peace initiative ,saying the Saudi monarch will recognize the State of Israel as a Jewish nation according to the two-state solution, adding, the only obstacle to this bright future is obdurate Iran which doesn’t conceal its dangerous agenda,— to purge Israel from the political map.
The Saudi Arabia has bought a sumptuous three-story building in David Flusser St 14, in the vicinity of U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and the Saudi Prince shall begin his task after an official banquet, inviting President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu and eminent members in Israeli Knesset (parliament).