Blinken and Saudi Foreign Minister Discuss Long-Term Security for Israelis and Palestinians

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, discussing the ongoing Israel-Hamas War. According to a statement by the US Department of State, they discussed Blinken’s “upcoming travel to the region and ongoing work to establish a more integrated, peaceful region that includes lasting security for Israelis and Palestinians alike. Saudi Arabia would be willing to accept a political commitment from Israel to create a Palestinian state, rather than anything more binding, in a bid to get a defense pact with Washington approved before the US presidential election. Months of US-led diplomacy to normalize relations with Israel and recognize the country for the first time were shelved by Riyadh in October. But Saudi Arabia is increasingly keen to shore up its security and ward off threats from Iran so the kingdom can forge ahead with its ambitious plan to transform its economy and attract huge foreign investment. Saudi Arabia is determined to create a Palestinian state, pushing for a two-state solution to solve the issues. They also reportedly discussed ways in which a “renewed Palestinian Authority” can take part in the management of the Strip.