The Palestinian Authority has held talks with Israel. Saudi Arabia and the United States before the pending deal between Riyadh and Washington. Said Israel’s National Security Advisor, Tzachi Hanegbi, at the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya on Monday, September 11, 2023. “It is import for the Palestinians to part of this process,” Hanegbi said. Referring to the deal with Riyadh that would include a normalization deal with Israel and a gesture to the Palestinians.
“This Saudi deal requires dialogue with the Palestinians.” Hanegbi said, explaining that he had been doing this on behalf of Prime. Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for eight months through the Lima Forum. The forum includes representatives from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the United States, Jordan and Egypt.
There are efforts through this forum to reach a security understanding. Hanegbi said, adding that this is the first such dialogue in a decade.
“I have spoken at length with the Palestinians, and this is bearing fruit,” he said, particularly in light of the pending Saudi deal and benefit from it, Hanegbi said. Palestinian component” in the agreement, Hanegbi said. “We support the essential Palestinian component, based on the clear boundaries put forward by the Prime Minister, that we cannot accept any process that would endanger Israel’s security,” Hanegbi said.
Hanegbi reminded that a possible Saudi-Israeli normalization deal had begun in Ernest in May.
His US counterpart, Jake Sullivan, according to Hanegbi, had told him that US President Joe Biden had held dialogue with Saudi Arabia to advance a deal between Riyad and Washington From the start, this has been considered by the US itself to be a “long shot”, or something with only a 50-50% chance of success, he said.
Nonetheless, he said, the situation has improved, as all parties recognize the situation is a “win-win”, Hanegbi said. He pointed specifically to Biden’s announcement at the G20 on Saturday of a new energy and power corridor between India, the Middle East and Europe that would include Israel and Saudi Arabia. Israel would be an important turning point in such a project, he said. “It is clear that the vision is being turn into a reality,” he said. It is important, Hanegbi said, that as part of the energy project, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman will sign a document that refers to Israel and makes it clear.