Oct 15, 2020 Bringing Palestinians and Israelis to the negotiating desk ought to be the precedence of peace efforts earlier than “eventual normalization” with Israel, the Saudi international minister stated right now. “We have always envisioned that normalization would happen, but we also need to have a Palestinian state and we need to have a Palestinian-Israeli peace plan,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud stated. “I believe that the focus now needs to be on getting the Palestinians and the Israelis back to the negotiating table. In the end, the only thing that can deliver lasting peace and lasting stability is an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis,” he stated throughout a digital occasion hosted by the Washington Institute. Prince Faisal is in Washington this week for the inaugural US-Saudi strategic dialogue. During joint remarks together with his Saudi counterpart Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated he hoped Riyadh would contemplate putting its personal cope with Israel. Last month, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain each agreed to acknowledge the Jewish state below the US-brokered Abraham Accords. President Donald Trump stated he anticipated “five or six” international locations, together with Saudi Arabia, to quickly forge their very own normalization offers. Under the latest settlement, Israel agreed to droop plans to formally annex massive parts of the West Bank. Removing the specter of annexation helps “lay the groundwork” for the Palestinians and Israelis to return to the negotiating desk, the Saudi international minister stated. Prince Faisal has stated beforehand that Saudi Arabia continues to be dedicated to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. The Saudi-brokered pact requires recognition to be supplied solely in trade for statehood for the Palestinians and Israel’s full withdrawal from the territories occupied since 1967.